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Husker fans looking forward to 50 years of sellouts

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By: Cole Miller

Saying Nebraskans love Husker football may be a bit of an understatement. Dedicated fans have sold out Memorial Stadium dating back to the sixties.

Bob Devaney's first year coaching the Huskers was 1962 and it was also the year fans began selling out Memorial Stadium. Now, 50 years later the tradition continues.

It's just a matter of days now until Memorial Stadium starts rocking. This Saturday should mark the 319th consecutive home sellout, the most of any university in the country. A number that dates all the way back to November 3rd, 1962.

"I just think we have always had such a good fan base. I mean, Husker football is pretty much life for Nebraskans!," said UNL junior, Marissa Koch. UNL freshman, Devin Heusinkvelt agrees, "I know people that would die for a Husker football ticket. They're a hot commodity!"

As the Huskers and their fans enter the 50th year of the sellout streak, there's some new gear to mark the occasion, including hats and t-shirts emblazoned with a new logo. Also, the stadium is expanding and officials say the record should still hold strong.

"Anytime you expand, you also want to make sure you have the demand and we feel really good about that. We'll be able to fill those season tickets, keep the sellout streak," said Michael Stephens for Husker Marketing.

There's no doubt this streak is a storied one and one that looks to keep on going for years to come. University officials say they'll be doing video tributes and features at all home games this season to mark the 50th year of the sellout.

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