The Husker Nation Pavilion will be open Saturday, Oct. 1 for Nebraska's Homecoming game with Illinois at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. The Pavilion, located north of Memorial Stadium on the Gass Practice Field, offers fun with family-friendly entertainment for every game.
The Pavilion will be open from 10:30 a.m. to kick-off with inflatables, face painting and other family-friendly options. Nebraska's game with Illinois will kick off at 2:30 p.m., with live national television coverage provided by ESPN2.
The Gass FieldTurf practice area is available for kids of all ages to stretch out on before the game. The FieldTurf area is exactly like the FieldTurf inside Memorial Stadium and the nearby Hawks Championship Center, and is one of the fields the Huskers use in their preparations each week.
The Nebraska football team's grass practice field and the track will be closed to fans.Husker Nation Pavilion Highlights
Fun & Inflatables - The Husker Nation Pavilion features games for kids of all ages, including inflatable games (weather permitting), including an obstacle course and a bounce house with a slide. The Kids Zone also features Quarterback Toss, Corn Hole and the Hoops HotShot.
Unity Walk - Husker fans are encouraged to line the path of the Nebraska football team's Unity Walk. The team expects to arrive on the East side of Memorial Stadium, directly in front of the entrance to Nebraska's East Stadium. The team's arrival is expected at approximately 12:30 p.m. (two hours before kickoff). Fans are encouraged to line the walkway, along with members of the Husker Spirit Squad and Nebraska band members, as the Huskers enter East Stadium through Gate 20.
Food Vendors - A food vending area will be located in the East Plaza. Face painters and balloon twisters will also be on hand.
Nebraska Team Store - Nebraska's official team store is located in East Stadium with satellite store open for fans on the East side of the Pavilion.
Big Screen & Bleacher Seating - Seating is available for fans to help them relax while watching the video board or meeting friends before the game. The game will be carried live on the big screen at the Ed Weir Track and Field Stadium. Throughout the day, the video board will show other games of interest from around the country.
Gass Practice Field - The Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Field is available for youngsters and families. The FieldTurf surface on the practice field next to the Hawks Championship Center offers fans a fun place to stretch out before the games - just like the Huskers during their game-week preparations. Nebraska's grass football practice field and the track surface are not available to football fans.
Women's Gymnastics Team - The Nebraska women's gymnastics team will be on hand in the Pavilion. The Huskers will have a short balance beam to help youngsters learn to use the beam from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Pole Vault Exhibition - The Nebraska track and field team's annual pole vault exhibition will be held on the track at 12:30 p.m.
Autograph Zone - University of Nebraska graduates George Pagano and Caitlin Miller will be in the autograph zone from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Pagano and Miller recently completed a 3,000-nautical mile journey in a 21-foot row boat across the Atlantic Ocean.
Pavilion Entrances & Exits - Fans can enter the Husker Nation Pavilion from both the East and West gates at field level outside of the Ed Weir Track & Field (North side of Memorial Stadium). Fans who plan to watch the game on the big screen can enter through the South gates near the Columns above the track (East side of Memorial Stadium).