Tickets for Nebraska’s spring game went on sale Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. Barely more than one day later, the game was sold out.
Again, all 90,000 seats were sold out — attendance isn’t free, like it is at most other schools — in one day.
You guys aren't messing around.
The Spring Game is SOLD OUT. pic.twitter.com/Is7fiQY0lI
— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) February 7, 2018
This is why Nebraska will always be a blue-chip job, no matter what. Spring game attendance more than doubled from Frank Solich’s final spring game in 2003 to Bill Callahan’s first in 2004 — from 33,419 to 61,417, according to the Omaha World-Herald — and Bo Pelini’s first spring game, in 2008, still holds the Husker record at 80,419.
But now 90,000 members of Big Red Nation, paying between five and 20 bucks a pop, will pack Memorial Stadium to see Scott Frost’s spring game.
Obviously, the reason Nebraska is having so many introductory spring games — Mike Riley saw a 15,000-fan jump in his 2015 debut — is because the program has been on stuck in a rut that spans nearly 20 years now. But the Frost era feels different. I wrote about it in December, and Big Red Nation clearly agrees.