Nebraska Cornhuskers' Memorial Stadium to Get $56 Million Upgrade

Jacob MeisterContributor IOctober 8, 2010

5,000 to be added to Memorial Stadium
5,000 to be added to Memorial StadiumEric Francis/Getty Images

Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska is one of the hallowed grounds in all of college football.

Ever since the recent announcement that the program would be leaving the Big 12 behind for the more stable grounds of the Big Ten, stadium expansion has been a rumor throughout the state.

Today that rumor becomes a solid plan with the athletic department laying out the plans for a $55.5 million plan to expand the east side of the stadium.  

5,000 total seats, including suites, club level, and bench seats, will be added as well as a new grand lobby that preserves the original facade of the stadium, as well as enhanced concourses.

While capacity will be listed at around 86,000, total attendance will regularly hit 90,000, which puts the Cornhuskers up in the same league as some of their new conference mates in terms of revenue from home games. Dr. Tom Osborne said it best: "You don't have to keep up with the Joneses all the time, but you at least have to be in the league."

The biggest concern when the season ticket holders were polled earlier this year about possible expansion was to keep the NCAA record of consecutive sellouts intact, which is currently at 307 straight games. It seems like the athletic department came up with the perfect balance to make more money while keeping one of the greatest records in the sports world going.

With construction expected to be finished in time for the 2013 season, the momentum of this resurgent program is more evident now than ever.