Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Greatest Fans in College Football

By NU Athletic Communications

Every entrance at Memorial Stadium welcomes Husker fans with the following phrase: 

"Through these gates pass the Greatest Fans in College Football."

Nebraska football fans are perhaps the most loyal in college football. Entering the 2019 season, Nebraska owns an NCAA record streak of 368 consecutive sellouts at Memorial Stadium. The streak reached 300 on Sept. 26, 2009 when the Huskers defeated Louisiana-Lafayette in Lincoln.

Although the Huskers added more than 6,000 seats to the stadium before the start of the 2006 season, Nebraska received approximately 15,000 requests for the new seats, ensuring that the sellout streak would continue in the years to come with capacity crowds reaching more than 80,0000 at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska's attendance at Memorial Stadium surpassed 90,000 for the first time in 2013 with the completion of a new East Stadium expansion that began in the spring of 2011.

Nebraska's football fans have been given the distinguished title - "The Sea of Red" - as waves of red-clad Husker fans follow Nebraska at home and on the road. In fact, the entire state follows the Huskers, along with an ever-growing national fan base, packing Memorial Stadium for every game since 1962.

Husker fans bring their show on the road as well. More than 60,000 red-clad Huskers trekked to Pasadena for the 2002 Rose Bowl, and in 2001, more than 30,000 Huskers swarmed South Bend for a matchup with Notre Dame.

Spring Game Crowds
Perhaps the most impressive measurement of the support Husker fans give to the Nebraska football team comes from its Spring Game attendance. Over the past nine seasons, more than 500,000 fans have flocked to Memorial Stadium to watch NU's final practice of the spring, including a school-record 86,818 fans in 2018 - the eighth largest crowd for a spring game in college football history.

Fan Day
Another Husker tradition is Fan Day which attracts nearly 10,000 fans annually to Memorial Stadium during fall camp. Every Husker player and coach signs autographs and takes pictures with fans in a tradition that dates back more than 30 years.


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