By: Kayla Bremer
Husker fans will notice many changes in the Haymarket while they're here for the spring game on Saturday.
It will give them a preview of what they can expect next fall.
We're only five months away from the date when many of the projects in the Haymarket area will be complete. For the last couple of years, we've seen the area in the process of making a complete transformation.
What used to be an old rail yard will soon be a hot spot for entertainment, apartments and shopping, giving Husker fans in town new places to try out.
"Tailgating is going to be awesome this year," Cassie Winters of Lincoln said.
"I couldn't believe all of the buildings that they've put up in the last month," her mother, Diana Pueppke added.
Three new hotels will be up and running, and multiple new parking spaces.
City councilman Gene Carroll says a new pedestrian bridge to the north of the arena will go to a parking lot and festival space with nearly 1,500 spaces.
He says the new editions to the Haymarket will be the perfect environment for football fans.
"We have a parking garage down here for 900 spaces so we have more parking, more convenience and just a great place to hang out before the game," Carroll said.
The Canopy Lofts and the entertainment district called "The Yard" will be fully open and operational by fall. They will include new shops, bars and restaurants. And for football fans who don't have tickets to the game, they'll be able to watch it right where they are.
"One of the great features about the railyard is what's called 'The Cube,'" Carroll said. "Which is an outdoor video screen which people will be able to watch football games and other programs while you're down here enjoying the area and shopping and dining out."
City officials say a majority of the buildings will be open right in time for the Huskers first game against Wyoming on August 31st.