Nebraska football fans may notice a reduced seating capacity at Memorial Stadium for the Huskers’ home opener against Arkansas State on Sept. 2. The Nebraska athletic department announced Tuesday that seats in north stadium — rows 80 and above — will be widened from 18 inches to 22-24 inches. Section 14 in south stadium, rows 16-98, will have its seats widened from 18 inches to 20-22 inches.
The university reduced stadium capacity by approximately 1,100 seats in 2015 to accommodate the new, wider seats. While no season-ticket holders lost their seats in 2015, some were relocated. Nebraska did not initially outline the impact of the 2017 seat-widening project — and how many seats could be lost in a similar fashion to 2015 — but fans could see adjustments in ticket location.
Aside from providing a more comfortable game-day experience for fans, the seat update may also benefit a long-standing Nebraska sellout record.
“As we continually look to improve the season-ticket holder, alumni and student Memorial Stadium experience, we are excited to bring on these new amenities for 2017,” said Diane Mendenhall, senior associate athletic director. “We will continue to strive to provide a first-class game-day experience and are always looking at possible ideas to continue to ensure the sellout streak.”
In addition to the increased seat sizes, the Huskers will add wrap-around video boards to the northeast and northwest towers.