This will be the first time since 1972 that an appreciable number of seats in Memorial Stadium have been made available to Nebraska fans to purchase as season tickets. The Memorial Stadium Expansion Project has provided this unique opportunity. Approximately 6,500 new seats are being added to the current North Stadium structure, which will put Memorial Stadium's attendance over 80,000 beginning in 2006. Although quantities for each group have not been determined, the tickets will be divided among former letterwinners, Husker fans on the Football Ticket Wait List, the general public, people with disabilities and donors to the athletic department. Pederson said a minimum of 1,000 seats will be reserved for Husker fans who are not in a position to make a contribution.
"We are excited to welcome approximately 6,500 new season ticket holders to The Sea of Red," Pederson said. "There will be opportunities for everyone who loves Nebraska football to apply for seats. I have talked with Nebraska fans in every corner of the state and they often tell me how they wish they had a chance to purchase season tickets. I also meet people every day who indicate they wished they had purchased volleyball tickets in the Coliseum years ago, and now they can't get them. We really believe that this is quite possibly a ‘once in a lifetime' opportunity."
"When we announced the stadium expansion project in November of 2003, we said that this stadium expansion would focus on two special groups, our student-athletes and our fans. Today we are announcing the phase of this project that will most impact our fans. We also said we wanted to make tickets available to Husker fans who have never had that opportunity before, including those fans who are not in position to make a contribution as well as those who are disabled. While we believe demand is going to be high, we have tried to create a system that will provide every Husker fan with a fair chance to get tickets."
Memorial Stadium has been sold out since 1962, an NCAA-record 275 consecutive sellouts. In 1972 when the South Stadium was built, 9,400 seats were added, which completed the bowl. That was the last major expansion. The West Stadium Improvement Project added 42 skyboxes and 1,356 seats, but all required a major contribution. Last week, the Husker Ticket Office sold more than 11,000 tickets to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, indicating that the 6,500 new North Stadium tickets may go quickly.
"We believe there will be high demand," Pederson said. "But we really won't know the actual number of firm commitments for season tickets until Husker fans complete this application process."
Memorial Stadium expansion project provides many fan amenities in North Stadium The Memorial Stadium Expansion Project is part of a $50 million building project that includes the Championship Indoor Center, the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex and the new seats in North Stadium. As part of this project, the entire North Stadium stands and concourses are being renovated.
"As the Tunnel Walk returns to the North, this will be a prime location for our fans to watch games," Pederson said. "We are improving the entrances and exits, adding restrooms, concessions, wheelchair seating and are putting in a wide new concourse that for the first time will allow our North Stadium fans the ability to access the east and west concourses as well. The North Stadium will be much improved."
New North Stadium fan amenities include seven new entrances/exits, six new restrooms (four for women), including 139 new stalls, two new family restrooms, four large full-service concession areas, and two new replay boards are planned for the south corners that will face fans in the North. On the front rows of the North Stadium and approximately 15 rows up by the new entrances/exits, 114 new wheelchair seats; 187 companion seats, and 69 seats for the mobility impaired will be added as part of this addition. As a result, season ticket holders in the North Stadium have been notified that their seats will shift up slightly--by approximately four or five rows.
Fans encouraged to apply on-line at Huskers.com The easiest way for fans to apply for new season tickets is on-line at Huskers.com. A deposit of $100 per seat is required. If NU is unable to accommodate the request, the deposit will be returned in full. If the request is filled, the deposit will go toward the price of the new season ticket(s).
If demand exceeds supplies, the assignment of new seats for those in the donor allotment will be based on Nebraska's established priority point system. Regardless of donor demand, at least 1,000 season tickets will be reserved for Husker Nation Fans who are not in a position to make a donation.
A drop-down menu on the check-out page labeled "Delivery Method" will ask fans if they are willing to make an annual contribution to athletics. This information will assist the athletic department in the allocation and assignment of new seats.
Fans who prefer not to apply on-line, can call the Husker Ticket Office during office hours at 402-472-3111 or 1-800-8-BIG RED and sign up with a credit card, or go to the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office and apply in person with check or money order. No deadline has been set on the application process.