Is Expanding Memorial Stadium Again a Good Thing?
By Todd Neeley
Lincoln Journal Star reporter Brian Christopherson reports that Nebraska Athletic Director Tom Osborne appears to be leaning toward expanding Memorial Stadium by as many as 5,000 seats, http://www.huskerextra.com/articles/2010/07/31/football/doc4c53693f49e5e857684757.txt.
The one concern I would have is that, according to the Journal Star, some 1,500 to 2,000 of those seats would be at club-level in what would be 20 or 30 skyboxes.
To me, that seems to be a pretty tough ticket for average Joe fan to get their hands on.
But I follow Osborne’s thinking on this — maybe. By selling more club-level, box seats, NU likely would be getting committments for more season ticket purchases for those seats. That would leave 2,000 or 3,000 seats for the general public or whatever.
And giving more Nebraskans a chance to attend games is a good thing for the program and the whole state. Speaking strictly from a fan perspective, however, I’d be concerned that ticket prices would necessarily have to rise to pay for a multi-million-dollar addition.
To Osborne’s credit he has managed to keep ticket prices reasonable and affordable for the general public.
Plus, it doesn’t take rocket science to see that on football Saturdays in Lincoln there are plenty of fans left walking the streets around the stadium without tickets. Looks like there’s a demand.
Let’s face it, every time Memorial Stadium has expanded fans have responded in droves.
This likely will be no different.