Faculty Soccer World reacts to Nebraska’s spring sport crowd
When it comes to college football fans, few are more passionate and loyal than Nebraskas. Unsurprisingly, the Cornhusker believers demonstrated just that by taking part in this weekend’s annual spring game.
For the first time in over a year, Nebraska welcomed fans to Memorial Stadium on Saturday to see the preseason exhibition. According to Evan Bland of the Omaha World-Herald, the program announced 36,406 visitors, just over 40 percent of capacity.
Though the number was a far cry from Nebraska’s 2019 Spring Game visit of 85,000, the crowd has been among the largest in the United States since the beginning of COVID-19. The Alabama Crimson Tide brought in over 47,000 fans for the spring game last weekend and yesterday’s Kentucky Derby is said to have reached a new high with around 52,000 spectators.
Nebraska Sporting Director Bill Moss kept capacity limited to adhere to social distancing guidelines, but the Cornhuskers in attendance brought tangible energy to Memorial Stadium. It was refreshing to see the fans back in Lincoln, of course, and the game on the field didn’t disappoint.
A good look at today’s Nebraska Spring Game audience via BTN. https://t.co/6oatAb0EOB
– Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) May 1, 2021
Omg 😳😳 #GBR pic.twitter.com/M4t5J6PQTc
– MJ Morris (@ mj_morris7) May 1, 2021
Don’t forget that Nebraska only allowed 50% capacity for the 2021 Spring Game, and it still had a larger amount than most full-capacity Spring Game schools. https://t.co/eeXgAN5vVu
– Optimistic Sker (@OptimisticSker) May 1, 2021
Fans are at Memorial Stadium. Not the biggest crowd ever played for a spring game in Nebraska, but perhaps the best looking. pic.twitter.com/YX1S7OCjRf
– Evan Bland (@EvanBlandOWH) May 1, 2021
Saturday’s competition ended excitingly with backup quarterback Heinrich Haarberg throwing Wyatt Liewer a pass for a game-winning touchdown. The white team, led by alleged starter Adrian Martinez, won 21-20.
Nebraska will now have its sights set on next fall, which will be an extremely important year for head coach Scott Frost. He hasn’t had a successful season since arriving from UCF in 2018, much to the disappointment of the program’s fan base. The expectations for 2021 are high. Moos calls eight or nine victories in the upcoming campaign “realistic”.
With fans returning to Memorial Stadium, Nebraska will have to use its home advantage to thrive next fall.