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East stadium construction progress

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By: Kayla Bremer

Construction continues on the east portion of Memorial Stadium and the exterior is getting its finishing touches.

The $63.5 million project has added nearly 6 thousand more seats and a brand new look that has people talking.

"Gotten a lot better," UNL Senior Ashley Lott said.  "I mean there's bricks on it, there's all the siding on...it look really good."

Students and faculty returned from winter break impressed with the progress.  Most of the brick and concrete work is finished and the upper deck seats are taking shape, towering over the field and actually rising higher than the west stadium press box.

"My gosh just driving down the interstate here downtown I could see how much they've really done," Ryan Price said.  "All the seats up there are finished now.  It's really cool."

"I was just amazed at how much progress they've made," Margo Young added.  "The outside of the stadium is starting to match the other buildings on campus.  The brick and the sandstone really look impressive together."

The expansion includes: 38 suites, 3,000 balcony seats, 2,000 club seats and a new grand lobby.  On the academic side, it will also include a state of the art brain research center.

The stadium will be able to hold more than 92,000 people, creating a better gameday atmosphere and a home–field advantage by holding in more noise.

"Now that we're close to 100,000 people, I think that it will be a lot similar to our other opponents like Michigan, Ohio State...there's going to be a lot of red in that," Price said.

One thing that won't change is Gate 20.  It's the original grand entrance to the stadium that will be framed with glass.

Construction is expected to be complete by July.

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