By Randy York
Trending is a tricky word, but it was appropriate Wednesday in the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office across the street from Memorial Stadium. For the Lincoln Public Schools, it was a snow day, but that did not prevent at least 15 people from standing in a waiting line for the Ticket Office to open at 8 a.m. An hour later, several dozen Husker football fans had bought their tickets personally to attend the annual Red-White Spring Game on April 12th. Between 8 and 9 a.m. Wednesday, about 5,000 Big Red fans purchased their Spring Game tickets online. By 5 o’clock closing time, a total of 18,500 tickets had been sold.
To me, that’s trending. To Holly Adam, Nebraska’s Assistant Athletic Director for Ticketing, that’s business as usual. “Anytime you can sell 18,500 tickets on the first day they become available, that’s a great start,” Adam said, adding that the NU Ticket Office sold another 2,500 tickets on Thursday. “It’s been pretty steady. While club seats are all sold out, we still have tickets left on both the East and the West sidelines. A lot of people like to buy end zone tickets, too, so it really is business as usual.”
Only in Nebraska does a National Letter of Intent Signing Day spur more than 20,000 fans to buy at least a $10 reserved ticket to a game that’s 1) more than two months from kickoff; 2) does not have a kickoff time; and 3) will not have official rosters until a day or two before the game.
Since Nebraska now sells reserved seats on a first-come, first-serve basis, Spring Game tickets have become a more consistent process. Still, Adam encourages Husker fans to purchase soon instead of waiting. “It’s a very easy process to buy your tickets online and then print them out yourself,” she said. “It’s always best to have your tickets in your hand. You end up with a better seat and you don’t wait around having to pick up your tickets at Will Call at the last minute.”
The 5,700 sold-out club seats were priced at $15 per seat. All other reserved seats in the stadium are $10. The Ticket Office has a limit of 20 sideline/club seats per household. Accounts ordering more than that number will be relocated to end zone seating. Kids who are eighth grade and younger are admitted free, if they take the Drug Free Pledge at halftime of the Spring Game. Adam reminds fans that everyone needs a ticket, regardless of age.
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