Trees suddenly went missing just to the east of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium last Wednesday. Cornhusker fans can rest easy. Alabama fan Harvey Almorn Updyke, Jr., had nothing to do with it.
The stadium that serves host to a swarm of red-clad fans every college football Saturday, is getting another facelift and construction should be underway any time.
Nebraska’s entry into the Big Ten signals a new era for the Cornhuskers. They look to fit right in with their new conference-mates by laying claim to one of the largest stadiums in the nation.
The home of Herbie Husker currently holds 86,304 people, but attendance looks to boost by approximately 5,000. New suites and additional club seating is expected as a part of the addition.
While this is all well and good, just what are the benefits for the Cornhusker program besides additional dollars in the university’s coffers?
One of Nebraska’s greatest recruiting tools has been its fans. For years, recruits have awed at the sheer amount of red inside Memorial Stadium. Adding to that number allows for some extra astonishment, and 6,000 more football-crazed Cornhuskers to add to the unique atmosphere.
Another major benefit is the noise factor in the stadium will increase; not only due to the additional fans in attendance, but the stadium is being designed to trap in more sound. As if head coach Bo Pelini’s defensive schemes weren’t enough to contend with, travelling teams will have to tune out the sound of approximately 92,000 individuals.
The benefits of the Regents meeting, which spawned the stadium’s new look, weren’t entirely athletic in nature.
An academic building will go up along with the additional seating, providing the university with a 21,500-square foot Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior.
"This project will...bring together biomedical and behavioral researchers at UNL who use cutting edge biologic methods such as brain imaging, physiological recordings, biomarkers and genomics to understand why humans behave as they do," according to the Omaha World-Herald, citing documents regarding the construction.
The renovations are scheduled to be completed in 2013. Just in time for Nebraska’s third season in the Big Ten.
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