Husker Football 101
It’s August. Time to start thinking football. Husker fans lined up outside of Memorial Stadium before sunrise Friday for a chance to meet the team and get an autograph.
It's an orderly process. There are tables on the field, in the shade, for the players. The coach has his own tent.
Fan day means different things to different people.
Sophie Burgess of Dewitt said, “If you don't know about football, you should get some tickets and go to a football game.”
Firth’s Brenda Potter told us, “You try to be there with them and you support them.”
What you’ll see when you get to a game is, according to Lincoln’s Kole Scheneman, “A big hustling team. They can fall behind but they always seem to make a comeback.”
So there's How to be a Fan 101.
Many players stayed late to sign autographs even though the PA announcer said the coaches and players had meetings to attend.
Janae has family from Mississippi in Lincoln and she was using Fan Day to convert them. She was doing that on the day before her wedding.
As for that alternative uniform, it made for lots of picture-taking if nothing else.
Brian Vandyke said, “I like the black and red."
In Pursuit of Red
Here are some of the new things fans will notice. The Huskers are always trying to up their game and there's a new sound system on the north end along with a giant N.
We caught up with Taylor Byers of Omaha hours before the gates opened.
She said, “This is my first year. Usually my brother comes down but he's in the Army. He left May 27th."
Much of the merchandise that coaches and players were signing on this fan day will go up in Husker rooms around the country. Taylor's collection includes one-of-a-kinds.
“We get them for Christmas," she said.
Her grandmother paints them. This time it's star receiver Kenny Bell. Earlier presents included, “Tom Osborne, Bo Pelini, Zac Taylor, Taylor Martinez. I think we have close to 30."
Get ready for football. The first game is about a month away.
With less than a month until the season opener, Nebraska still has 1,000 of its 8,500 student football tickets for sale.
Athletic department spokeswoman Chris Anderson said Friday the school expects to sell out of student tickets. All remaining tickets are for seats in the south end zone.
Anderson said several promotions are planned for students. Among them are pregame festivities, a student rewards program and the ability to purchase guest tickets.
Anderson said August traditionally is a strong month for student ticket sales because of the arrival of freshmen.
Student sales have lagged nationally in recent years. According to media reports, Michigan expects to sell 12,000 to 13,000, down from 19,000 last season. Iowa has seen its sales drop from about 10,000 to 7,000 the past two years.