At 2 p.m. today, the University of Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office will release 200 additional standing room only East Apron football season tickets to qualified freshmen. Like other student season tickets, these standing room only tickets cost $21 per game , or $147 for the season. They will be sold on a season basis only and as there is no seating provided, these tickets cannot be validated or resold. Tickets must be purchased online at Huskers.com and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.
The University of Nebraska has provided 8,500 season tickets to UNL students for many years. In 2008, working in collaboration with the ASUN, student season football tickets were changed from reserved to general admission, giving upperclassmen priority seating. For the past four years, students were allowed to order tickets by academic class standing with upperclassmen having first opportunity to sit in the East Stadium.
Demand for tickets this year are at an all-time high, not only for student tickets, but also for fans both at home in soldout Memorial Stadium and for each of the Huskers road games this year as NU competes for the first time in the Big Ten Conference. For example, more than 20,000 tickets were requested for league games at Wisconsin and Minnesota. Nebraska's allotment for Big Ten road games is just 3,000 tickets.
In 2009, student football tickets for freshmen remained until the week of the first game. Last year, tickets sold out in April in three days after going on sale to freshmen. This year, tickets for freshmen ran out nearly immediately after they went on sale. The Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office holds a minimum of 500 tickets for freshmen, and 1,258 had already been allocated to freshmen this year out of the 8,500 allotment. The Ticket Office created a 400-person wait list in April during the signup period, and created an additional 100-person waitlist in July. As of today, the Athletic Ticket Office was able to assist each of the 500 students on the waitlists, but had cut off the waitlists at 400 and 100 as they did not feel that realistically they would be able to assist more than 500.Athletic Director Tom Osborne said, "In an effort to assist more freshmen, we are making available 200 more standing-room only season tickets today. We believe that is a fair number as we have already assisted all 500 on the waitlists. With our extremely tight sidelines, 200 really is the maximum that we can allocate for this purpose. We hope that this will help more of our student body get into the games as we embark on this historic season."