Annual Red-White Spring Game set for Saturday

Posted By: Camila Orti

corti@klkntv.com

Husker fans will get to see the football team take the field again this weekend in the annual Spring Game.

Will anything be able to top Jack Hoffman’s touchdown run from two years ago, or Bo Pelini’s Simba-like moment last spring? Many fans say probably not, but they’re still excited to get back inside Memorial Stadium for the Red-White scrimmage which kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday.

“I think the Spring Game is awesome, it’s been a long time since the students have been in Memorial Stadium,” UNL student Bryan Tarantino said.

Nebraska Athletics says more than 65,000 tickets have already been sold and a large walk-up crowd is expected.

“I mean I don’t know how many schools can say that they sell 70,000 tickets for a practice but Nebraska takes football seriously, so you know football in the spring is kind of a treat,” UNL student Danielle Wagner said.

Some fans say they’re eager to watch new head coach Mike Riley in action.

“Everyone’s gonna come out just to see what the new coach looks like, how he handles the team, how the team responds to him,” UNL student DeWayne Taylor said.

If you’re planning on heading to the game, athletics officials are urging fans to buy tickets in advance. You can get them via phone or online up until 11 a.m. game day or in person inside the West Stadium lobby until halftime. Tickets cost $10 each, or free for kids in eighth grade or younger. Like regular season games, the Husker Pavilion will be open to families from 10 a.m. to kickoff. Seniors Ameer Abdullah, Kenny Bell and Josh Mitchell will be available for autographs.

Full press release:

Nebraska will hold its annual Red-White Spring Game on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, with kickoff set for 1 p.m. 

More than 65,000 reserved tickets for Saturday’s game have been sold, with a large walk-up crowd expected on Saturday. Fans are strongly encouraged to buy their tickets in advance of Saturday’s game to avoid long lines at ticket selling locations or will call windows.

Fans can continue to purchase spring game tickets on-line at Huskers.com until 11 a.m. on Saturday, and use the print-at-home ticket option. Fans may also purchase tickets by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 800-8-BIG RED, or in person at the Guest Services in the lobby of West Stadium (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.).

Reserved tickets for the game are $10 each, while youth eighth grade or younger will be admitted free and are encouraged to take part in the Drug Free Pledge at halftime. Youth must still secure a complimentary ticket for the game.

The following pieces of information should be of assistance for those planning to attend Saturday’s game.

·         Fans who do not purchase tickets before Saturday can do so at the following locations—Gate 10 ticket windows (NW corner of stadium), Gate 1 (south stadium) and a trailer on the EastPlaza.

·         The Gate 1 and Gate 10 locations will have credit card availability, and will also have free youth tickets. The trailer on the EastPlaza will be a cash-only location, and will not have complimentary youth tickets.

·         UNL Parking Services will cashier Lot 9 (14th and Avery Parking Garage) and other campus lots for public parking. The charge will be $5 per vehicle. Public parking will also be available at HaymarketPark and the Pinnacle Bank Arena festival parking for $5. Individuals with tickets for Nebraska‘s baseball game on Saturday evening can park at HaymarketPark free of charge, beginning at 8 a.m.

·         STARTRAN will be providing shuttle service from South Pointe Pavilions (27th and PineLake) and North Star High School (5801 No. 33rd Street). The buses will park on R Streetnear the LiedCenter. Shuttles begin at noon and return trips start at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Cost is $5 per adult each way and $5 round trip for kids.

·         The Husker Nation Pavilion (HNP) will be open from 10 a.m. to kickoff and will be located on the EastStadiumPlaza area. Inflatables, face painting and other family friendly options will be available in the Pavilion area, and 2015 Nebraska football schedule cards and Drug Free Pledge cards can be picked up at that area, and other locations around the stadium.

·         First National Bank will be sponsoring an autograph zone at the Pavilion from 10 a.m. – Noon, featuring 2014 Husker seniors Ameer Abdullah, Kenny Bell and Josh Mitchell. 

·         Nebraska will honor more than 30 football student-athletes named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team during pregame ceremonies. The presentation of the Brook Berringer Citizenship Team will happen approximately 20 minutes before kickoff.

·         During the first quarter break, Interim University of Nebraska President Dr. James Linder and incoming University of Nebraska President Dr. Hank Bounds will be recognized. Bounds will take over as the University of Nebraska‘s seventh president on Monday, April 13.

·         Husker Sports Network will provide live radio coverage of the Red-White game statewide and around the world through Huskers.com and on the Tune In app. Husker Sports Network coverage begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday.

·         The game will be televised live on BTN at 1 p.m. and also available on BTN2Go. Eric Collins, Damon Benning and Larry Punteney comprise the broadcast team. Other televised Big Ten spring games on Saturday include Northwestern at 11 a.m. and Minnesota at 3 p.m. BTN will wrap up the day’s spring games at 5 p.m.

·         The Nebraska track and field teams will be hosting the Husker Spring Invite at Ed Weir Stadium on Saturday. Field events begin at 10 a.m., with running events beginning at 1:35 p.m. and continuing until 5:45 p.m. Fans can attend the track meet free of charge.

·         The Nebraska baseball team will host Minnesota at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hawks Field. The Huskers also host the Golden Gophers on Friday night at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. Tickets are available for all three games at Huskers.com.