I grew up in a small town in northeast Nebraska, where every Saturday in the fall the Nebraska game was on the radio. When it was time for me to select a college, I had only one choice in mind, and so I got to see lots of Husker games for four years. Now I have moved to Minnesota and have converted my Minnesota husband into a big Nebraska fan.
I would like to share our story of the reputation of Husker Fans outside of Memorial Stadium. My husband and I went to the Virginia Tech-Nebraska game at Virginia Tech, September 2009. My husband’s college friends who live in Virginia got a parking pass so we could park on campus. We brought our tailgating supplies and arrived a few hours before the game to relax, take in the atmosphere, and walk around the beautiful campus. When we arrived and began unpacking our gear, we were given the usual friendly jabs from a few VT fans. The afternoon became quite warm and sunny, and we decided to move our tailgating to a shady area. As we settled into our new spot, a young co-ed from VT came over to us and asked if we would like to join their tailgating party. We followed her to their party, and every one of them was very, very friendly and welcoming. As we talked with their fans, we found out that during the week the radio stations were promoting that everyone be very friendly to the Nebraska fans at the game. This was being promoted because the previous year in Lincoln the Virginia Tech fans said they were treated like royalty. The Nebraska fans were so nice to all the Virginia Tech fans in Lincoln and they wanted to return the friendship. They told us that they have never received such royal treatment at an away game and enjoyed their experience in Lincoln.
During the course of the afternoon we encountered other Virginia Tech fans who went out of their way to come and welcome us. After the game, which we should have won, several people in the stands came and shook our hands and thanked us for coming. Also, the VT fans were amazed at the number of fans that came from Nebraska – they have never had that many from a visiting team come to Virginia Tech.
This experience makes us so proud to be Husker Fans!
There is no place like Nebraska!!! GO BIG RED!!!
- Published in Fan Perspective
I have never lived in Nebraska, but I inherited rooting for the Cornhuskers from my father. Though I was raised in Oregon (and have lived in California for 27 years now), my parents both grew up in Nebraska (Broken Bow), leaving in their early 20′s. Growing up (I was born in ’64), my family never had a television. Whenever Nebraska played on tv, my uncle would drive down from Washington state, and bring his portable tv. We watched the Cornhuskers! Then every year on New Years, he would also come down and we’d watch the bowl games. I think that is why I love college football so much today. It is really the only sport I pay much attention to.
In 1984, my dad, my uncle and myself drove from Oregon down to Pasadena to watch Nebraska play UCLA at the Rose Bowl stadium. My first look at the Huskers “live”. We did the same in 1988, though I was now living in central California. We try to catch Nebraska as much as we can when they play on the west coast. 1998 was a great year, as we got to watch them play twice. Cal in Berkeley, and then in San Diego for the Holiday Bowl against Arizona. Also, I was able to take my dad to the 2001 National Championship game versus Miami in the Rose Bowl.
Though he grew up in Nebraska, my dad had never had the opportunity to attend a game in Lincoln. My dream was to take him to a game in Lincoln. The perception from afar is that Nebraska football has been sold out for 40+ years, and seats are just not available. How was I gonna pull this off? But a number of years ago, my niece graduated from Biola, and decided to do her graduate studies at Baylor, a Big 12 opponent. I had just found my way into Memorial Stadium! When a game in Lincoln came up on Baylor’s schedule, I gave my niece my credit card info and told her to get us some tickets. I think we ended up with about 8 seats. We had a grand time experiencing the Big Red Wave in Lincoln! One amazing experience on that trip happened in Phoenix, Arizona. I flew out of Sacramento, and my sister flew out of Portland, Oregon. We met in Phoenix, and had the same flight from Phoenix to Omaha. I was amazed that there were no less than 15 or 20 people getting on that plane way out west in Phoenix, headed to Memorial Staduim for the game! My dad had such a good time that several months later he told me, “That was fun. We should do that again sometime!” A comment totally out of character for my dad. So, a couple of years later, we went back for a game versus Texas A&M. The only disappointment, is that our two experiences at Memorial Stadium both came during the rather forgetable Bill Callahan era. None-the-less, the game day in Memorial Stadium experience is one I will never forget. I lost my dad 2 1/2 years ago, but I will be forever grateful that I was able to give him the Husker home game experience. The tradition lives on. In December 2010, I took my wife (married July 2010) on a belated honeymoon to San Diego. She was less than impressed by the Husker’s performance that day in the Holiday Bowl, but she was sufficiently impressed by the major college football game day experience. Just wait ’till I take her to Lincoln someday . . .
- Published in Fan Perspective