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."
The 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:
1) NU's five national championship trophies are proudly displayed just inside the front doors.
2) Husker BCS trophies and memorabilia, including bowl trophies from Nebraska's national championship games.
3) Other 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.
A Mural, a Kiosk, Donor Walls and Hallway Displays
Other Traditions Lobby Features include:
The Mike 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.
The Traditions 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.
The Donor 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.
Tunnel 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 include:
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.
Lobby 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.
The RED 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.