Nebraska Spring Football Game Day Information

Check out this comprehensive guide to the Annual Red/White game as Husker fans embark on yet another new era in Nebraska football.

LINCOLN, Neb. - First-year Head Coach Bill Callahan and the University of Nebraska Athletic Department have detailed guidelines for the annual Red-White Spring Football Game. The game will be held on Saturday, April 17, at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 12:30 p.m.  The game will consist of two standard 15-minute quarters in the first half, before a pair of abbreviated 12-minute quarters with a running clock in the second half.  The first-team offense will join the first-team defense on the East sideline and will wear red jerseys, while the second and third team players will primarily be on the white team going against the top units.  All coaches will be on the field.


Up until game day, tickets are being sold at the Husker Ticket Office.  Tickets left in will call may be picked up on game day at the main athletic ticket office.  On Saturday, the Husker Ticket Office will open at 8:30 a.m. and tickets for the game may be purchased at 24 ticket booths outside the stadium, including the following locations: Southeast, Southwest, Northeast, Northwest corners of the stadium and at Gate 20 on the East side of the stadium. Additionally, tickets will be sold at the Husker Ticket Office located in the parking garage. Seating will be general admission only.   Tickets will be sold at $5 for adults and $3 for youth (17 and under) and senior citizens (60 and older).  Junior high and younger students taking the Drug Free Pledge at halftime will be admitted free with a paid adult admission. UNL students, faculty and staff get in free with valid ID.  Children under six years of age will also be admitted free.

Parking and Directions...

Parking in Lots 1, 3, 4, 6, 8 and 12, will be reserved as usual for donors and assigned by the Husker Ticket Office.  Disabled parking with permits will be reserved in Lot 8.  Stadium Drive will be closed to vehicles beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday.  Star Tran will be running on Saturday and because of the increased road construction due to the Antelope Valley Project, fans are encouraged to see the special section on parking and transportation on the athletic department's official website,, for more information. 


The East balcony will not be available for seating because it is under construction for waterproofing and other repairs. The upper rows (31 and above) on the main side of East Stadium will also be blocked off for the safety of fans.  All other seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis with the following exceptions...the North end zone will be reserved for those students taking the Drug Free Pledge; player guests will be seated in Sections 5-6-7; the band will be seated in Section 19; Section 26 in West stadium will be reserved for former Husker Football players; and Section 27 will be reserved for the spring game luncheon guests.  All gates will be open  90 minutes before the game (11 a.m.).

Pregame Activities...

Many pregame activities are planned for this weekend, including the following:

Free Friday Night Concert for UNL Students...The athletic department is hosting a free concert for UNL students only, in the North Field House on Friday, from 5 to 8 p.m.  The concert will feature a local band and Blessid Union of Souls.  Students must have a valid student identification for entrance.  The event will also feature food, nonalcoholic drinks and prizes.  Entrance is from Avery Avenue only (North end of field house).

The Husker Nation Pavilion...The Pavilion will move but will be open for business on Saturday, beginning three hours before the game (9:30 a.m.).  The Pavilion will feature a live band (Hardwood Dash); inflatable play areas for children; and food vendors.  While the Husker Nation Pavilion is normally set up on the Ed Weir Track, because of a 2:30 p.m. Nebraska Quadrangular track meet on Saturday, the Pavilion will be set up on Stadium Drive, just west of the stadium for the spring game. 

The Annual Spring Game Luncheon...Already a sold-out event, the annual Spring Game Luncheon will be held on Saturday morning in the North Field House.  Doors will open at 10 a.m. and Coach Callahan and Athletic Director Steve Pederson will address the crowd at 10:30 a.m.  The event is open to the media to shoot and will also feature singer Paul Phillips, door prizes, a pep band and a visit from NU cheerleaders and mascots.  More than 1,200 are expected to attend.

Pregame Ceremonies...Before the start of the game, three special groups and individuals will be honored.  The 2004 Brook Berringer Citizenship Team will be presented their awards by eight-time Pro Bowl selection and former Husker offensive lineman Will Shields.  After winning the Outland Trophy in 1992, Shields has had a very successful 11-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs.  In 2004, he was named the NFL Man of the Year for his community work and charitable contributions.  Shields and a second Husker All-American, Trev Alberts, will both remain in town for the Student-Athlete Academic Recognition Banquet on Sunday.  Alberts, now a college football analyst for ESPN, will emcee the event, while Shields will present the first-ever Life Skills Award to the Husker Team that was most active in the community during the 2003-04 academic year.

Nebraska's three individual NCAA Champions will be honored in pregame ceremonies.  Priscilla Lopes (60 meter hurdles) and Ineta Radevica (triple jump) led the Husker women to a third place in the indoor track and field championships, while Jason Powell won his first NCAA championship in the 125-pound weight class to help the Husker wrestlers finish fifth nationally.  At the first quarter break, NU will honor its 21st NCAA Championship Team.  Fresh from a stellar performance in Houston at the first-ever NCAA Women's Bowling Championship, Coach Bill Straub and his team, including MVP Shannon Pluhowsky, will be honored. 

Just before kickoff, Pederson and Associate Athletic Director Barbara Hibner will present the fourth-annual Trailblazer Award.  The Award, named in honor of Dr. Hibner-NU's Senior Women's Administrator and first winner-is given to a deserving individual, family or corporation in recognition of outstanding support and generous contributions to Nebraska women's athletics.  The 2002 award went to the Raimondi family while the 2003 award was presented to the family of Julie Geis.  Both families endowed women's softball scholarships in honor of family members.

Halftime Activity--Drug Free Rally...

The Drug Free Rally will again take place during halftime. Coach Bill Callahan, Paul Carter of the Omaha Public Schools and Kyle Larson, NU's All-America punter in 2003 will participate.  Those taking the pledge are required to check in at the outdoor track prior to the game. Students, school sponsors and bus drivers may attend the game and rally at no cost and will be seated in the North Stadium. However, parents accompanying rally participants will have to purchase a $5 ticket for admission to the game.  They will be able to sit with their students in the North Stadium.  Tickets for those parents will be available at the outdoor track. Parking for Drug Free Rally participant buses will be in Lot 9 (14th and Avery) and on Avery Avenue.

Fan Amenities/Red Cross...

Disabled seating will be in Sections 1, 14 and under the North Stadium.  For information or assistance on handicapped seating or assistance, call the Husker Ticket Office at 472-3111, or 1-800-8-Big Red.  All stadium concessions and restrooms will be open for fans in Memorial Stadium on Saturday.  The Red Cross and Fire and Rescue will work out of the Northwest and Southeast First Aid Stations.  Huskers Authentic will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday for all of your Husker apparel needs.  Lost and Found is located in the East and West Stadium Concourses.

Spring Game Ticket Good for Admission to Softball and Track...

The spring game ticket stub will also be good for admission to the Huskers' softball game against Big 12 Conference foe Oklahoma at Bowlin Stadium. The softball game time has been moved to 3:30 p.m. to accommodate all Husker fans. The spring game ticket stub will also give fans free admission to the Nebraska Quadrangular track and field meet that begins at 2:30 p.m. with field events. Running events start at 4 p.m. in the four-team, non-team scored meet that features men's and women's teams from Nebraska, Indiana, Missouri and Colorado State.  Volleyball tickets for the exhibition game against Minnesota at 7 p.m. on Saturday may be purchased for $5 (adults) and $3 (students); while fans will be admitted free to Nebraska's soccer "half" games against USC (1 p.m.) and Denver (2 p.m.) at the Abbott Soccer Complex.

On the Radio...

For those unable to attend the game, Pinnacle Sports Productions will broadcast the game on its regular radio network with Jim Rose calling the play-by-play and Adrian Fiala adding color.  Randy Lee will also provide analysis in the booth, while Matt Davison will provide sideline reports. The spring game is not sold out and will not be televised, a live video stream will be available on HuskersNside, NU's premium website.

Postgame Activities...The Husker football team and their immediate families will gather together for the first time immediately following the game for a private barbecue, and all former Husker football players have been invited to a private party at 5 p.m.  Coach Callahan and his staff will be introduced at both functions.

14th Annual Student-Athlete Academic Awards Banquet...

Nearly 800 will attend the 14th annual Husker Student-Athlete Awards Banquet at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Sunday.  During the event, 239 student-athletes who posted a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average or a 3.0 or higher GPA during the 2003 calendar year will be honored.  Trev Alberts will emcee the event and Will Shields will present the first-ever Life Skills Award, which honors the program that demonstrated the strongest commitment to all phases of the life skills program.  In addition, the student-athlete-of the-year award will be presented to the top male and female student-athlete.  The banquet, which is a result of the generous contributions made by Dick and Dale Herman, is hosted by the University of Nebraska Athletic Department.  The Herman Awards will be presented to the top male and female teams for the highest team grade-point average.  Student-athletes will be escorted by their families and/or their favorite UNL professors.




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