Memorial Stadium Expansion Excites Husker Fans

For 90 years husker fans have been filling up Memorial Stadium. The stadium going through many renovations, but this recent face-lift is blending the old with the new.

"I think just visually the completion of the stadium, with the east stadium being as high as the west. Just the bold, intimacy this project will bring to game day.With the visiting team just coming out and seeing a wall of red, I just can't wait to see the looks on their faces," said John Ingram.

With the cut of a ribbon, the whole husker nation can now see the updated stadium. The changes and new amenities start with the turf on the field and extend all the way to seats in the stands.

In 1923 Memorial Stadium could only hold 31 thousand fans, but today after the expansion 91 thousand fans can sit in these stands.

Six thousand new seats, 2,100 new club seats, 38 new suites, 12 new concessions stands, the numbers go on and on. But probably the biggest add on, the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory, where the well being of student athletes will be enhanced through academics.

"We know that our athletes are with us for just a small sliver of their life, four years. Reality is we want to set them up for a successful life, well beyond when they leave this institution," said Judy Burnfield, NAPL Director.

After all this, could more plans for the future still be in store?

"Anything is possible," said Ingram.

Public tours of the expansion will begin in September.

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