Nebraska's Osborne Athletic Complex and the newly named
Traditions Lobby is now a stunning showcase for recruits and fans to enjoy.
Phase I of the Recruiting Enhancements Display (RED)
Project is completed, and fans are invited to view the new trophy displays,
kiosk and Nebraska Football Experience Room now available to recruits and fans
inside the Osborne Athletic Complex. Phase I enhanced displays are the recruiting path for football. Phase II
will continue through 2011 and will enhance the recruiting paths for other
Husker varsity sports.
Athletic Director Tom Osborne said he is confident that
fans and recruits will enjoy perusing the new displays that feature Nebraska's
great football traditions.
"We believe that the Traditions Lobby is now an
impressive front entrance for our football program," Osborne said. "While we
decided not to build a separate museum-like structure to showcase our
championship tradition, we believe the lobby gives fans and recruits a good
taste of our rich history."
Nebraska Football Experience Room a Must-See
The Osborne Athletic Complex (OAC) Traditions Lobby and
Football Level 2 RED Displays include the Nebraska Football Experience Room. Located just inside the entrance of
the Osborne Athletic Complex, the room features two new videos.
The first was unveiled
on Nov. 6, the night before the NU-OU game with all three of Nebraska's Heisman
Trophy winners on hand, "The Heisman Video" features signature plays, live
announcement moments captured on video, surround sound, creative graphics and a
unique technical presentation of Heisman artwork and trophies.
"The Game-Day Experience Video"
is the newest video available for viewing in the Experience Room. Fans will enjoy this all-new HD presentation
that is much more than a video...it's an Experience! With opening sound from Coach Bo Pelini and
never-before-seen footage, graphics and surround sound, this video is a
must-see for all Husker fans.
All new footage, production and editing for both videos
were provided by Daake Design and Great Plains Motion Picture Company of Omaha.
Daake and Great Plains each made a generous donation of their time and talents
toward the making of The Game-Day Experience Video.
Space to view the video is limited to 15 to 20 fans, and
video lasts approximately 5-8 minutes, so fans may not be able to be
immediately admitted, particularly on game day.
Five separate displays featuring football trophies also have
been created for viewing from the Traditions Lobby, including:
five national championship trophies are
proudly displayed just inside the front doors.
BCS trophies and memorabilia, including bowl trophies from Nebraska's national championship
assorted bowl trophies and memorabilia from many of Nebraska's 46 bowl games.
4) The most
recent bowl display featuring the
championship trophy and memorabilia from the Huskers' 33-0 win over Arizona in
the 2009 Holiday Bowl.
5) The Conference
champions trophy display is located on Level 2 just outside at the entrance of
the Nebraska Football offices. The
conference trophies are viewable from the lobby.
Mural, a Kiosk, Donor Walls and Hallway Displays
Other Traditions Lobby Features include:
Sullivan Football Mural, which is a stunning art tribute to
Memorial Stadium's NCAA-record consecutive sellout streak. Located on the west wall of the Traditions
Lobby, the 22x28-foot
themed mural is believed to be the single largest sublimated ceramic tile mural
that has ever been created in North America. The mural embodies the
Cornhuskers' legendary football past and was unveiled on Sept. 24, 2009, as
part of the Huskers 300th consecutive sellout celebration.
Lobby Kiosk features the names of donors who gave to the OAC
project, as well as stats, videos and pictures of each of Nebraska's 46 bowl
games and current and former NFL players.
Fans will enjoy reliving their favorite moments from NU's storied bowl
history and following the pro careers of their favorite Huskers.
Wall Acknowledgements feature two donor recognition displays
in the lobby. One lists the names of every $100 to $999 donor that gave to the
Osborne Athletic Complex fund. It was
created and placed in the Northwest corner of the Osborne Athletic Complex in
2006. The second donor display acknowledges
those who gave $1,000 or more to the OAC project. To ensure that the trophies, kiosk and donor
acknowledgements were each properly displayed in the Traditions Lobby, the
second donor wall was redesigned and moved to the northeast corner of the OAC
Lobby. The kiosk includes a name-finder
feature so that all donors can easily find their names on the wall.
Walk Hallway Displays: The following displays are located just
beyond the OAC Traditions lobby on the way to the Nebraska football locker room
and along the Tunnel Walk leading the Huskers out of the stadium. It is viewed by current Husker players each
and every day. Each of these displays
can be viewed when fans take guided tours.
Guided tours are free and available to the public on Wednesdays and
Thursdays, from 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. by appointment only. Please call (402) 472-3333 to schedule a tour
or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Major Trophy Winners Display features the trophies, portraits
and awards earned by each of Nebraska's 15 major trophy award winners,
including Ndamukong Suh.
The Walk-on Display features facts and photos of NU's
most famous walk-ons, including those who became academic All-Americans and
those who played in the NFL.
The First-Team Nebraska All-America Display has a painted
portrait of each All-American displayed in the hallway leading to the Tunnel Walk entrance.
The Blackshirt Display explains the history behind Nebraska's
top defensive units since the 1960s.
The Current Players-of-the-Game Display is updated after each game and is displayed
in the Tunnel Walk hallway.
Second-Level (Football Floor) RED projects completed
The updated Players'
Lounge for NU football players includes pictures honoring all current Huskers
in the NFL, a tribute wall displaying Nebraska's many NFL traditions, and an
interactive NFL kiosk, duplicating the information in the Traditions Lobby.
A football academic excellence display, including
Nebraska's NCAA Top Eight Award winners-the Heisman of academic awards - is also
featured on Level 2.
Hours for Public Viewing
Lobby hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except on game
days when the lobby usually opens three hours prior to kickoff. The day of the spring game, the lobby will
open at 9 a.m., as will the Husker Nation Pavilion.
project was planned and designed by Husker Athletics. In addition to Daake Design and Great Plains
Motion Picture Company mentioned above, the University of Nebraska Athletic
Department also thanks these construction partners for their assistance in the
Traditions Lobby and RED project: The Clark Enerson Partners, Glass Edge, Rogge
Construction, SignCoEDS, and Structural Design Group.