Stadium policies and broadcast reminders for Husker fans

Nebraska will kick off the 2019 season on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, taking on South Alabama in an 11 a.m. game.  You can watch a one-hour pregame show on Channel 8 KLKN-TV starting at 10:00 a.m.  The game will be broadcast on ESPN.  
Husker fans will see limited changes at Memorial Stadium this fall as college football celebrates its 150th season.  One significant change to the Huskers’ game-day routine will be the Unity Walk path when the team arrives at Memorial Stadium to begin preparations for each home game.
Below is a closer look at what fans should watch for at Memorial Stadium in 2019:
Unity Walk

  • The Nebraska football team will arrive at Memorial Stadium approximately two hours and 15 minutes before home games (approximately 8:40-8:45 a.m. this Saturday). Fans are encouraged to gather on the East side of Memorial Stadium to welcome the team at this time.
  • The Unity Walk will have a slightly different path this season.  After proceeding through the East Stadium loop, the team will unload the buses near the bell tower on the south side of the loop.  From there the team will walk through the parking lot on the east side of the stadium, past the national championship and Coach Devaney statues outside and enter the stadium through Gate 20.
  • Fans will be alerted when the buses depart the team hotel by a short burst of fireworks at the stadium.  This will signal that the team will arrive at the Stadium in approximately 8-10 minutes.

Husker Nation Pavilion

  • The Husker Nation Pavilion will once again take place at the Ed Weir Track and as always will be free and open to the public. The primary entrance to the Husker Nation Pavilion will be on the South side of Ed Weir Stadium near the columns.
  • The Husker Nation Pavilion features various forms of family fun and games for kids of all ages. Inflatable games (weather permitting) will be a regular feature, including an obstacle course, quarterback toss, hoops tic-tac-toe, hoops hotshot, and baseball toss. Face painting will also be available.
  • Fans may sit in the Ed Weir Track and Field Stadium and have the opportunity to meet friends before the game or watch a game on the Ed Weir video board.
  • The Husker Nation Pavilion will open three hours before kickoff (8 a.m. this Saturday).
  • Updated weekly information on the Husker Nation Pavilion will be posted at

Osborne Athletic Complex Lobby

  • The Osborne Athletic Complex lobby will once again open four hours before kickoff and remain open until one hour before kickoff.

Husker Fan Shop Locations

  • Nebraska fans will have numerous locations to buy the latest Husker apparel for the 2019 season.
  • The Husker Fan Shop locations at the East Stadium (Gate 18), Pinnacle Bank Arena and the College of Business are open on a daily basis and will also be open on Husker game days.
  • Additional Husker Fan Shop locations on Saturdays will include tent or trailer locations outside the Stadium near Gate 2, Gate 22, by the Ticket Office on Stadium Drive, at the base of the pedestrian bridge at the North end of Stadium Drive and a location by the Hawks Center. Inside the Stadium, Husker Fan Shop satellite locations are near Gate 6 (West), Gate 14 (NE), Gate 12 (NW), the West Stadium Club and the East Stadium Club.
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  • The Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office will open four hours before kickoff except for 11 a.m. games when it will open at 8 a.m.
  • For additional information on Nebraska’s game-day policies, Husker fans should visit
  • Nebraska continues to have a clear bag policy at Memorial Stadium and all ticketed venues. More information can be found at
  • Fan drop-off attempts around the Stadium are prohibited. Uber, Lyft and other taxi drop-offs and pickups with be at 14th and Vine streets

Fans are reminded to arrive early and plan ahead to find an appropriate parking location, entrance gate, restroom, concession stand and postgame meeting place. They are also advised to stay hydrated and follow the instructions of security and safety officials.

Nebraska has implemented a clear-bag policy for all ticketed sporting events. Each attendee will be allowed to enter with one clear bag: either a plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that does not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches or a one-gallon plastic freezer bag (Ziploc or similar). Small clutches — approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap — can be taken into the stadium along with one of the clear bags. The clutch cannot be larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches.

Exceptions will be made for approved medical needs. Medical bags or equipment can be inspected and tagged at Gates 11, 15 and 16A and at premium-level lobbies. For questions about medical equipment or other needs, contact the Nebraska Athletic Event Management Office at 402-472-1003 or click here.

All other purses and bags are prohibited. Guests carrying bags that do not meet the criteria will be asked to return them to their vehicles, hotel rooms or homes. Fans also may transfer their personal items into a provided, clear, Ziploc-style bag and discard the bag that does not meet the guidelines.

Guests can carry personal items in their pockets or jackets. These include keys, makeup, feminine products, combs, phones, wallets and credit cards. Attendees also may bring blankets into the stadium by carrying them over a shoulder or arm. Guests who don’t have a bag can use the express entry lanes at Gates 2, 4, 10, 12, 14, 16 and 20.

Learn more about the clear-bag policy.

Game-day information

  • Gates 1, 6, 8, 18, 19 and 21 will close shortly after kickoff. If a gate is closed, fans can use the next open gate to gain access into the stadium. Fans will be required to open outer garments for visual inspection upon entry.

  • Tickets at all gates will be scanned with an optical reader for entry and re-entry. No entry is allowed after the start of the fourth quarter.

  • Fans will again have the ability to utilize Memorial Stadium’s text-messaging service. For fan assistance, text to 69050 and start messages with UNLPD. Standard text-message rates will apply.

  • Captioning of play calls, player information, referee announcements, emergency messages and promotions will be available on the ribbon boards on the facades of the east and west balconies.

  • University of Nebraska¬–Lincoln students will be seated in Sections 9 through 13B in the southeast corner of Memorial Stadium. All student seating is general admission. Students with tickets for East Stadium seating (Sections 9, 10 and 11) must pick up a required wristband at the tent east of Gate 23 beginning four hours prior to kickoff each game. When stadium gates open, students will enter Memorial Stadium through Gate 23. Wristbands are not required for students with tickets for South Stadium seating (Sections 12, 13A and 13B, entering through Gate 24). Student tickets are linked to students’ valid NCard, which will be scanned at the gate for admission. They must be scanned in and out like a regular ticket. Student ticket transfers may be done to other students enrolled at the university. All transfers are done electronically from ticket accounts here. Student-to-student transfers go directly onto the transferee’s NCard at no charge. Tickets may be transferred one time to one person, so it is important that the original ticket holder send the invitation to the intended recipient, as it is not possible to transfer to a third party. Students may not transfer tickets to non-students.

  • Fans are asked to help the Go Green for Big Red recycling program by depositing plastic bottles and cups in marked recycling bins near trash receptacles.

  • Memorial Stadium gates open 90 minutes before kickoff, and ticket holders are encouraged to enter the gate number printed on their tickets. Fans are encouraged to travel light when trying to gain entry to Memorial Stadium, as all fans and their belongings are subject to inspection at stadium entrances. Fans are encouraged to review the list of prohibited items here. All prohibited items must be discarded at the gate or returned to a vehicle, hotel room or home. Unattended bags are prohibited.

  • The Husker Nation Pavilion will be back for its 16th year, with most activities taking place on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice field northeast of Memorial Stadium. It will open three hours prior to kickoff and provide free, family-friendly activities, games, music, autograph signings and appearances by current and former athletes across many sports.

  • Stadium Drive on the west side of the stadium will also have food vendors and some game-related activities.

Memorial Stadium policies

  • The Athletic Ticket Office will open four hours before kickoff except for 11 a.m. games, when it will open at 8 a.m.

  • The Huskers Shop will open three to five hours before kickoff, depending on start time.

  • Mobile tickets will be accepted; tickets can be stored on mobile devices and scanned at the gates.

  • Outside chairbacks are not allowed in Memorial Stadium. About 20,000 chairback seats will be available for rental at $5 each.

  • Escalator and elevator access will be restricted to fans holding tickets to their respective areas in the premium level and the 600 East Stadium level.

  • A free bike valet service will be provided at Cook Pavilion by Campus Recreation. Learn more.

  • The University of Nebraska–Lincoln prohibits the use of all smoking, tobacco and vaping products on its properties. Learn more.

  • The following items are prohibited in Memorial Stadium: guns, knives, bags that do not meet the clear-bag policy above, glass, cans, coolers, beverage containers, video cameras, open umbrellas and pets. At the discretion of game management, other items are subject to being prohibited. People will be asked to return prohibited items to their vehicles, hotel rooms or homes. Unattended bags are prohibited, and Nebraska Athletics will not store personal belongings onsite. Empty plastic water bottles are permitted but may be inspected. The use of selfie sticks inside Memorial Stadium is prohibited and may result in confiscation of the device if seen used. Camera use is permitted. Learn more.

  • Food and beverages from approved game-day vendors selling on university grounds are allowed inside the stadium. All other outside food and beverages are prohibited. Certain situations may arise (e.g., extreme heat) that initiate exceptions to this policy. The university and the athletic department will communicate to the public if exceptions will be made.

  • Alcoholic beverages of any type are not allowed in the stadium. In addition, consumption of alcohol is prohibited in city and university parking lots and property.

  • The university does not permit the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) on or over the campus on football game days.

  • Throwing of any object in the stadium is prohibited. Any person throwing any object is subject to immediate removal from the stadium. Rules allow game officials to penalize the home team if objects are thrown onto the playing field.

  • Nebraska event staff or security personnel can help with any problems fans may encounter. If fans become separated from friends, they should report to any First Aid station or Guest Services booth for assistance.

  • Lost-and-found areas are located in the Guest Relations and Security offices in both the East and West stadiums.

Parking and traffic policies and procedures

  • Most parking lots on City Campus are reserved for those who have paid reservations on game days. Most lots surrounding the stadium have been converted to reserved stalls, with patrons assigned to specific numbered stalls. Paid public parking on City Campus is available at $25 per stall.
  • Parking for people with disabilities is available for $25 per vehicle on a first-come, first-served basis in the Lot 9 parking garage at the corner of Salt Creek Roadway and North 14th Street. Contact the athletics ticket office at 402-472-3111 for pre-purchase opportunities. Lot 9 has a free cart-shuttle service to the stadium for mobility-impaired guests. This shuttle is radio-equipped and will run to and from the stadium before the game and beginning at the start of the fourth quarter. Charter and shuttle-bus parking is available on W Street between 14th and 16th streets.

  • Parking lots will open at 6 a.m. for games with kickoff scheduled before 6 p.m.; for games that start at 6 p.m. or later, lots will open at 11 a.m. Lots at Haymarket Park will open at 6 a.m. for games with kickoff scheduled at 11 a.m; for all other kickoff times, these lots will open at 8 a.m.

  • Faculty and staff permit parking areas — including reserved, non-reserved and garages — are reassigned on home football game days. Campus parking permit holders cannot park in most standard assigned parking areas during game-day preparation and activities. Parking areas close at 10 p.m. the night before a home game. Vehicles parked in violation of campus rules can be ticketed and towed. Vehicles with faculty and staff permits may park in these areas on game days: the surface lots at 16th and X streets (east side of 16th Street near the Boathouse) and 1700 Y St.; the perimeter lot at 15th and Court streets; and the Devaney Sports Center lots at 16th and Court streets.

  • Stadium Drive, the street on the west side of the stadium, will be closed on game days.

  • StarTran will offer the Big Red Express shuttle service to and from the stadium from sites around Lincoln. The cost is $5 each way or $10 round trip. Season passes are available for $60. For additional information, click here or call 402-476-1234.

  • Fan drop-off attempts around the stadium are prohibited. Uber, Lyft and taxi drop-offs and pickups will be at 14th and Vine streets.

  • Up-to-date statewide road information can be found here. Highway conditions and a brief weather report can be obtained by calling 511 on a landline or cell phone.

  • Stadium Drive is closed from T to V streets beginning at 6 a.m. on game days. Access to Lots 1, 3, 4 and 6 are via T Street. No vehicles will have access to the southbound Ninth Street roundabout pre- and postgame.


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