Nebraska’s home sellout streak currently sits at 385 games. The future of the streak for the Huskers’ final four home games of the season remains in jeopardy.
Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Nebraska Athletic Director Trev Alberts said the status of the streak that dates back to 1962 will be a week-to-week thing for home games remaining with Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
Nebraska’s sellout streak dates to Devaney
The sellout streak is the one thing with Nebraska football that connects the Bob Devaney era to today. A lot has changed since then, but NU’s sellout streak remains intact.
Alberts said Nebraska likely will not be able to announce that tickets are sold out for the remainder of the season.
“Still moving forward,” Alberts said. “I think we had a little over 1,000 or so, and that has been going down for Indiana. At this point, I think the reality is we are probably on a week-by-week basis. I don’t think we are going to be announcing ‘sold out the rest of the season.’
“I will just ask our fans to hang in there, thank them, and mostly I’m just trying to support these young men. It’s going to be a tough couple of months. I think we have a great opportunity with homecoming and Indiana to get back on track. It will be a week-to-week thing.”
Alberts and his team also have done several things like the Red Carpet Initiative and divvied up tickets into mini plans to move unsold tickets.
They also have eliminated over 4,000 seats in the stadium. In 2014 against Miami, the Huskers drew 91,585 fans for the game, a stadium record.
The Huskers have drawn between 86,590 and 87,161 for their first three home games of the 2022 season. During the last eight years, we’ve seen Nebraska widen seats and add more aisles, which has taken the stadium capacity down to around 87,000.
“We are being as aggressive as we possibly can,” Alberts said. “Part of this is thinking about the future as well. If we take the east balcony and put chairbacks in, we are eliminating 617 seats right there. This is all part of our thinking. It’s all hands on deck. Our team over in ticketing has done a great job in pushing a lot of different opportunities. We will do everything we can.”
Alberts and his team will consider many new ideas for the future as they begin the plan to upgrade Memorial Stadium for the next 100 years of college football.