Husker Traditions

By Paul Troupe

Ah, it’s almost here. College football, arguably the best of all major sports (NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, MLS, EPL, etc) is back on Thursday night. I for one, cannot freaking wait until kickoff on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. One of the great college football stadiums is going to be rocking. In honor of the new conference, I’d like to highlight some of the great traditions of the Cornhuskers. If I’ve missed any, please feel free to let me know.

The Tunnel Walk. No better way for Husker fans to get up close and personal with the team. A husker tribute video airs on the large big screen in the North End Zone, and then it opens up to the players. Husker fans crowd around the walkway from the locker room to the field, hoping to get a high five. Then, the gates in the Northwest corner open, and the players rush onto the field.

The Band. Before the video starts, the Nebraska marching band takes the field approximately 25 minutes before the game, playing Husker favorites such as Mr Touchdown USA, Hail Varsity, March of the Cornhuskers, and an excerpt from the opponents fight song. The drum line is pretty awesome, compared to the others that I have heard.

The Stadium. Though it will never be the largest stadium in college football, Memorial Stadium is one of the best in the country. After expansion on the east side is complete, concourses will be spacious all around the stadium. A banner around the stadium “Through these gates pass the greatest fans in college football” highlights the Nebraska way of being courteous hosts.

Sellout. 311 straight games Nebraska has sold out. 311. The next closest, which I believe is Notre Dame, is about 70 games behind. By comparison, the Washington Redskins and Pittsburgh Steelers (who both have 8+ home games a year compared to 6/7 for Nebraska) are slightly higher than the Huskers.

Sea of Red. Game day at Nebraska is quite, well, red. Husker fans are known as the “Sea of Red.” Looking around the stadium, mostly red is prevalent. There are bits of white and black the dot the stadium, but red is where it is at. It is like a white out at Penn State, just with red.

In 7 days, it’s time for the greatest sport to begin. Let’s Go Huskers!

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