An expansion of East Stadium will increase the capacity of Memorial Stadium, but the expansion is about much more than football.
Football is important, of course. The expansion will add 3,300 new seats at Memorial stadium; 6,000 overall when luxury seats and club seats are counted.
“We’re going to put as many folks in here as we can. It’ll probably be over 92,000,” University of Nebraska Associate Athletic Director John Ingram told reporters during a media tour of the expansion.
Ingram said that even with the $63.5 million expansion, some fans will be on the outside looking in.
“We still have a waiting list for tickets, which is truly special. It tells you how much Nebraskans really care about their football team,” Ingram said.
The Huskers open the football season this year against the University of Wyoming; an evening game on August 31st.
Memorial Stadium will be filled to capacity, adding to the current sell-out string of 325 consecutive games, dating back to 1962.
The expansion goes beyond football Saturdays. East Stadium will house two new research facilities, totaling 50,000 square feet.
The Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior will study genetics, neuroscience, physiology, cognition as well as other areas of brain science. Its research will dovetail into football as well as other sports as researchers collect data on concussions; how to prevent and how to treat them. It likely will propose new treatment for head injuries.
The Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory will conduct research to enhance the athletic performance of Husker athletes as well as others, even those out of college. It will study safety, health and other issues on the well-being of student-athletes both during their college playing days and beyond.
The public will be able to tour the expansion on September 18th.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]