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UNL officials cut the ribbon on East Stadium expansion

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Posted By:  Jenn Schanz
Jschanz@klkntv.com

A lot of cheers at Memorial Stadium.

Its $63 million expansion project is finally unveiled.

In addition to a new turf, the Husker football home base added 6,000 seats, 12 new concessions, and almost 200 feet in height to its East Stadium, bringing it level with the West.

"It really completes the horse shoe and really makes Memorial Stadium something spectacular," says UNL's Associate Athletic Director John Ingram.

For Tom Osborne, the Stadium's expansion is symbolic of the team it took to build it.

"Facilities are important, building are critical. But it really all comes down to the people that are in involved," he says.

Many of those people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, along with a crowd of guest speakers, including Gov. Heineman, UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman, and Director of Athletics Shawn Eichorst.

"I love sitting in the stands in the middle of a sea of red as we cheer for the Huskers. And this addition will mean even more fans will be in the Stadium now," Gov. Heineman says.

The stadium's expansion will bring its average estimated attendance up to 90,000, ranking it fourth in the big ten.

The first game is already sold out, marking the Husker's 326th consecutive sellout.

But officials say anyone eager to see inside the new stadium will have a chance, public tours are expected to start in September.

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