Husker volleyball to play match at Memorial Stadium in August

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Husker volleyball is going to play a match inside Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska Athletics made the announcement in a Friday press release.

The Huskers will face UNO at Memorial Stadium on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m., according to the release.

To open up the event, UNK will play against Wayne State College in an exhibition match at 4:30 p.m.

After the Huskers’ match, a “national recording artist” will perform, according to the release.  That artist has yet to be named.

Tickets will go on sale to season ticket holders on April 25.  The general public will get an opportunity to purchase tickets on April 26.

The tickets cost $25 for adults and $5 for high school age and under, according to the release.

For those who can’t make it to the match, the game will be televised on the Big Ten Network.  It can also be streamed on the FOX Sports app.

Nebraska is looking to set an attendance record for an NCAA volleyball match, which is currently 18,755 (Wisconsin vs. Nebraska in the 2021 NCAA championship).

“This is going to be a fantastic celebration of volleyball in the state of Nebraska,” Athletic Director Trev Alberts said in the release. “Our Husker program has long been a source of pride throughout the state, and we are also proud that the success of Nebraska volleyball has played a large role in the exponential growth of the sport in Nebraska. We know our great fan base will embrace Volleyball Day in Nebraska and turn out in full force for this historic event. Go Big Red!”

At a press conference on Friday, head coach John Cook indicated that he was initially hesitant to pursue the big goal.

“But these guys dream big, and you know, one thing I saw in this: Trev’s a competitor; he doesn’t want to be second place to anybody,” Cook said. “So we’re going after it.”

Gov. Jim Pillen was at the press conference to make a proclamation celebrating the impact of volleyball in Nebraska.

He also made Cook an admiral in the Nebraska Navy to honor him for his “patriotism, valor, fidelity and abilities.”

Cook was delighted that everyone from the athletic director to the governor was getting involved.

“This is pretty surreal that this is all happening,” he said. “But we are dreaming big, and I think it’s gonna be a really special day.”

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