In Nebraska, there are two seasons: football and waiting for football.
The annual spring game may fit in to the latter category, but Huskers fans have been known to treat it like the former.
On Thursday, Nebraska announced that 30,000 fans purchased spring game tickets in the first 24 hours they were on sale. Whether it was the prospect of warmer weather or simply the chance to see the 2017 squad (including early enrollees) in person, that’s a lot of people.
More than 30,000 Spring Game tickets have been sold in 24 hours.
— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) February 2, 2017
Husker fans always show up ?.
— Nebraska Football (@HuskerFBNation) February 2, 2017
There’s still a long way to go to fill the 85,000 seats at Memorial Stadium, but if the first day is any indication, there should be a sea of red in place at 1 p.m. CT on April 15.
The Nebraska spring game attendance record, set in 2008, is 80,149 fans. Current coach Mike Riley’s first spring game in 2015 drew a crowd of 76,881.
Yeah, Huskers take this scrimmage seriously.
Tickets to this year’s spring game are $20 for club seats, $10 for reserved tickets and $5 for faculty and staff. Students can get their tickets free if reserved at Huskers.com.