Even seasoned veterans of Husker football will be in for a few new twists as the 2013 campaign thunders to life in Lincoln this weekend. Here's a rundown of some of the things to expect.
The East Stadium expansion will be the most obvious change as fans arrive to fuel an attendance record in the opener against Wyoming on Aug. 31. The expansion elevates the height of the stadium's east side, adds 6,000 new seats, 38 suites and a new club level and increases the stadium's average attendance to more than 91,000. In addition, for the first time in two years, all stadium gates will be open.
There are also some new policies and procedures in Memorial Stadium:
Here's the List
Other stadium policies remain unchanged from previous years.
Tickets at all gates will be scanned with an optical reader for entrance and for re-entry if someone leaves the stadium. No re-entry is allowed beginning at the start of the fourth quarter.
Fans will again have the ability to report safety concerns to UNL Police via SMS (Short Message Service) text messaging. Anyone with a cellular phone and SMS capabilities can initiate a text message to 69050, keyword, "UNLPD," and type in their complaint and location. Standard SMS rates will apply. The text number is the same as the one used in 2012.
UNL students will be seated in Sections 9 through 14 in the southeast corner of Memorial Stadium, and all student seating is general admission. Students with tickets for East Stadium seating (Sections 9, 10 and 11) must pick up a required wristband at the tent east of Gate 23 beginning four hours prior to kickoff each game; when stadium gates open, they will enter Memorial Stadium through Gate 23. Wristbands are not required for students with tickets for South Stadium seating (Sections 12, 13 and 14, entering through Gate 24). UNL student tickets are sent to the students' valid NCard which will be scanned at the gate for admission. They must be scanned in and out just like a regular ticket. All transfers of student tickets will be done electronically via huskers.com. If the transfer is made to a non-UNL student, the validation fee will be charged and a print-at-home ticket is issued. If transferred to another full-time student, then the ticket will be sent to the recipient's NCard. Validated student tickets for East Stadium seating require a wristband.
Fans are asked to help the "Big Red Go Green" in a stepped-up recycling program this fall by depositing their plastic bottles and cups in marked recycling bins located near every trash receptacle.
Memorial Stadium gates will open 1 hour and 30 minutes before kickoff of each game and ticket holders are encouraged to enter the gate number printed on their ticket. Express lanes will be in effect at stadium gates again and fans are encouraged to "travel light." Ticket-holders who are not carrying items that are subject to inspection (purses, fanny packs, camera bags and water bottles) can use the express lanes. Fans carrying such items must use the other lanes. Backpacks are not permitted in Memorial Stadium.
The Husker Nation Pavilion will be back for its 10th year, with most activities taking place on the Gass practice field, where the Huskers practice daily northeast of Memorial Stadium. It will be open 3 hours prior to kickoff and will provide free and fun activities for the whole family, games, music, autograph signings and appearances by current and former athletes across many sports.
Stadium Drive on the west side of the stadium will also have food vendors and some game-related activities.
Memorial Stadium policies:
Parking and traffic policies and procedures: