Nebraska’s Stadium Expansion Means More Hostile Environment For Opponents

 

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Big Ten teams won’t want to know that Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium will soon be even larger and louder, making life a lot more difficult for opposing teams when they visit Lincoln.

You see Nebraska is putting the finishing touches on Memorial Stadium’s $63.5 million expansion project that will add an additional 6,000 seats, bringing its capacity close to 90,000. The project is expected to be completed for the 2013 season.

Nebraska’s home has always been one of the nation’s tougher environments for visiting teams to cope with. In fact, CBSSports.com rated the top-25 college football stadiums and Memorial Stadium was tabbed seventh. “Big Red, Blackshirts, golf clap for every opponent as it comes off the field — usually beaten,” the article said.

Yes, Nebraska is tough to beat at home where it has a sparkling 392-116-13 record.

Cornhusker coach Bo Pelini, whose team was a perfect 7-0 at home last season, would be the first to tell you that helping that .765 home winning percentage is the 12th man as Nebraska holds an ongoing NCAA record of 325 consecutive sellouts, which began in 1962.

When Wyoming visits Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium Aug. 31, the Cowboys will be playing in the fourth-largest stadium in the Big Ten.

Of course, Michigan Stadium (109,901), Ohio Stadium (102,329) and Beaver Stadium (home of the Penn State Nittany Lions, 106, 572) are three of the largest stadiums in the world.

According to CBSSports.com, the Big Ten is home to five of the top-17 stadiums in the country.

Nebraska hopes its east stadium expansion translates into more people in the stands, which will mean an even louder environment and a more hostile setting for opposing teams.

University officials are saying one of the biggest benefits to a larger Memorial Stadium is the simple fact that more Nebraska fans will get to experience game day in Lincoln than ever before.

The atmosphere at Nebraska home games is known for being wild and very, very loud. Just imagine even more crazy Husker fans cramming into Memorial Stadium adding to an already intensely high decibel level and making it downright deafening.

That’s just what Nebraska is hoping for and what opposing teams are dreading.

Doug Griffiths is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the US Basketball Writers Association. Doug is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ISLgriffiths and Facebook.

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