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Nebraska enters the 2012 season with a streak of 164 consecutive sellouts at the NU Coliseum
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
          Release: 03/15/2012
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One of the foundations for Nebraska's athletic success is its outstanding facilities, and few home courts in the country are as tradition-rich as the Nebraska Coliseum, the home of the Husker volleyball program. Over the years, the 4,030-seat NU Coliseum has provided the Nebraska volleyball program with an unmatched home-court advantage.

"Winston Churchill said 'in the beginning, we build buildings. In the end, we are shaped by the buildings we live in.' I think the Coliseum shapes Nebraska volleyball," Former Nebraska volleyball coach Terry Pettit said. "It's an environment that creates intimacy. It's a classic structure and in a lot of ways reflects what the Nebraska program is all about."

The Coliseum, which sits nestled on the University campus, is a beautiful display of architecture, highlighted by its powerful Roman columns gracing the front steps. But while it's beauty is appreciated by Husker players, coaches and fans, it is one of the most dreaded places for opponents to play in the sport of volleyball, and arguably one of the toughest places to play in college athletics.

"If the volleyball gods wanted to build a volleyball court, the Coliseum would be it," NU Coach John Cook said. "It's a very intimate setting. Everyone feels part of the event."

Nebraska volleyball has had unmatched success in the confines of the cozy Coliseum, posting 19 undefeated seasons and compiling an all-time record of 509-33 (.939) under its roof. The Huskers are 238-16 (.937) since 1990 in the building, including 12 undefeated seasons in that span.

The win streaks are a direct result of Nebraska's frenzied crowds that routinely jam the building's bleachers. The Huskers finished second nationally in attendance in 2011 with a Coliseum average attendance of 4,522, a total that is 102 percent of the Coliseum's listed capacity. Single-match tickets in 2012 sold out in just 20 minutes. Nebraska enters the 2012 season with 164 straight sellouts in the building dating back to 2001.

The Coliseum's roots go back to the 1920s when it was the home for the Husker basketball team. NU's cagers played on its hardwood floors from 1926 to 1977, when the construction on the Bob Devaney Sports Center was completed.

Since then, the volleyball team has been its lone tenant. In 1991, the Huskers had a one-year hiatus from the Coliseum while the building was being renovated and tailored for volleyball. The renovation provided a more comfortable atmosphere for players, coaches and fans.

Over the years, the building has seen numerous additions to add to the comfort of both players and fans, while keeping the tradition of the building and the Husker volleyball program. Over the past decade, locker rooms, training areas and coaches offices have all been upgraded to provide Husker student-athletes with some of the best facilities in the country. For fans, HuskerVision replay boards, a new scoreboard and new displays have been added, recognizing the great heritage and tradition of the program.

Additional seating for fans was created in 2005, with the addition of the Husker Courtside Club. This added 64 premium seats on the Coliseum floor, giving fans an up-close view of all of the exciting volleyball action, and making Nebraska one of the first programs in the country to add premium courtside seating for volleyball.

 Yearly Home Attendance Since 1990
-also includes home matches at the Devaney Center and Qwest Center Omaha

Year

Matches

Attend.

Avg.

NCAA Rank

  2011

  16

  72,355

  4,522

  2nd

2010

15

69,479

4,632

2nd

2009

18

93,554

5,197

2nd

2008

15

71,539

4,769

2nd

2007

18

92,517

5,140

2nd

2006

19

78,598

4,137

2nd

2005

20

119,383

5,969

2nd

2004

16

69,378

4,336

2nd

2003

15

63,587

4,239

3rd

2002

18

79,024

4,390

2nd

2001

16

69,053

4,316

2nd

2000

19

80,252

4,224

2nd

1999

19

71,376

3,767

2nd

1998

18

69,594

3,866

2nd

1997

17

60,551

3,562

2nd

1996

10

36,912

3,691

2nd

1995

14

53,604

3,829

2nd

1994

17

60,028

3,531

2nd

1993

14

35,009

2,501

2nd

1992

13

42,151

3,242

1st

1991

15

49,828

3,322

1st

1990

18

54,554

3,031

1st


Directions to the NU Coliseum

From Lincoln's Municipal Airport: Exit the airport on W. Adams Street, the main road leading out to Cornhusker Highway. Follow W. Adams Street to the first stoplight and turn right on Cornhusker Highway. Follow this and take a right on 14th Street. Go south until you reach Vine Street. The Coliseum is located a half block west of the 14th and Vine streets intersection.

From Omaha's Eppley Airport: Exit the airport to the stoplight. Turn right onto Abbott Drive. Go approximately one mile to Storz Expressway (Abbott Drive turns into Storz Expressway). Proceed approximately three miles to I-480 South. Follow the signs and get onto I-80 West to Lincoln. Follow I-80 for about 60 miles and take the 27th Street Exit. Follow 27th Street south to Vine Street and turn right. Go west on Vine until you reach 14th Street. The Coliseum is located a half block west of the 14th and Vine streets intersection.









Yearly Home Record
Year Record
2011 14-1
2010 15-0
2009 14-4
2008 14-0
2007 18-0
2006 19-0
2005 15-0
2004 14-1
2003 10-4
2002 17-1
2001 15-0
2000 18-0
1999 15-3
1998 18-0
1997 16-0
1996 17-0
1995 15-1
1994 16-1
1993 14-0
1992 13-1
1991* 13-2
1990 18-0
1989 17-2
1988 14-1
1987 16-0
1986 15-3
1985 14-0
1984 13-0
1983 11-0
1982 11-2
1981 9-0
1980 17-3
1979 11-1
1978 19-5
1977 16-1
1976 13-0
1975 7-0
*-The 1991 season was played in the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Note: Matches include all home sites, including the Devaney Center and home matches at the Qwest Center Omaha.

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