After a long year, fans ‘thrilled’ to watch Husker football in person

Husker fans reflect on a year without being able to attend games in person and look forward to packing Memorial Stadium this fall.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – If you ask Husker fans, they will tell you Husker football has always been about more than just football.

On Saturday, fans returned to Memorial Stadium for the Red-White Spring Game. Experiencing a Husker game in person is something that has been dearly missed over the past year.

Laurie Novak, the daughter of Husker legend Tom Novak and the owner of LoLo’s, says she’s happy to have 2020 in the rearview mirror.

“I remember it being a very sad Saturday every time the huskers kicked off,” Novak said. “We missed the fan experience, we missed the food experience, and as a vendor, we missed the income.

Huskers fans shared what makes Husker football so special.

“Just the enthusiasm that the people of Nebraska always have for it,” longtime Husker fan Phil Brewer said. “I can remember back when we couldn’t see it on TV and we just hoped you could get it on the radio. When you’d just grab the newspaper on Sunday morning and would just stare at all the photos of the game the previous day.”

60,000 tickets were sold for Saturday’s Red–White Spring game. For Husker fans, this is just the beginning. They are looking forward to a season’s worth of Husker Saturdays.

“I’m actually really excited to go to a game this fall,” Husker enthusiast Austin Hunter said. “I’ve already got tickets already. I’m really excited.”

Novak said she couldn’t fall asleep last night in anticipation for today’s game. She’s ready for Husker football to return for good.

“It only makes us more anxious for the fall when hopefully when we can have more fans and can return to some normal,” Novak said. “We’re thrilled to be here.”

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