By: Bill Schammert
It's been five months since a Nebraska home football game and two years since a spring game.
"It's Husker fever, we've waited all winter long," Brian Weideman, Lincoln, said. He picked up his Spring Game tickets on Wednesday.
Nebraska's annual Red-White Spring Game is scheduled for this Saturday, weather permitting, of course. Already, the university says it's sold nearly 44,000 tickets.
But what makes this practice so popular?
"You're anxious for this coming year, you want to erase the bad and see what we've improved on, what the coaches have worked on. We're ready to go get them this time," Weideman said.
If you don't have a ticket yet, don't worry. The ticket office will open at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. The $10 price-tag entices many fans who can't afford to make it to one of Nebraska's regular home games.
University officials say they don't expect a sell-out, but are anticipating up to 12,000 walk-ups in the morning. So, prepare for long lines.
Everyone in eighth grade, or younger, will get into the game for free. The only catch, they need to take the drug free pledge at halftime. Also, they will still need a ticket.
"This is an opportunity for a lot of parents to bring kids down, see the first half, take the pledge, and they don't have to stay until the end, because there's no suspense whether Nebraska will win," Associate Athletic Director, Butch Hug, said.
Five-dollar cash parking will be provided at most of the University lots. StarTran will also shuttle fans to and from the game, from the North Star High School and South Pointe Pavillions parking lots.
The game will also air on the Big Ten Network.
Kickoff is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.