Husker Fans Out Early To Tailgate

Husker fans have been waiting all summer to get back out to Memorial Stadium and watch the game from their tailgate.

Thousands of fans were there bright and early to soak in as much of game day as they possibly could.

Denise Irvin and Lu Anne Pane have been tailgating here for over 20 years. They started setting up around 9 a.m.

"First game gotta be here early, gotta tailgate gotta meet everybody from last year and have a good time," Irvin said.

Right next door to them is Jerry Szalawiga with his Husker bus. They got here just as early to make sure they had time to show off their stuff.

“Just to get set up," Szalawiga said. "It’s first game and you gotta work to get the bugs out.”

And it’s a lot to work out. Their set up includes two TVs, a sound system, trays of food, a flag pole, their husker mascot-- and it’s all done and ready for the crowds before 10 a.m.

"We might have 30 to 40 people sitting around here watching the game here," Szalawiga said. "We get quite a crowd.”

And while they waited for crowds to fill in, there was plenty of fun already happening. Tailgaters were playing washers, a band had Husker favorites memorized for the crowd, and there was even room for kids to toss around the old pig skin.

"It's just the camaraderie," Pane said. "Just because it’s go big red. And since we’re voted the number one fans in the nation there’s no reason not to be a part of it."

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