LINCOLN — Memorial Stadium on Sept. 30 will host high school football regular-season games for the first time since 1947.

Lincoln Southwest will play North Platte at 1 p.m., followed by Lincoln Northeast playing Fremont at 4:30 p.m. in the Saturday doubleheader.

The North Platte-Southwest game had been set for Seacrest Field the day before — when Nebraska has a 7 p.m. kickoff at Illinois.

“Lincoln Public Schools and the University of Nebraska Athletics Department both recognize the great importance of high school football across the state,” LPS director of athletics Kathi Wieskamp said in a press release.

“Given the unique challenge associated with the Huskers playing a Friday night game at Illinois, we worked together to provide a special opportunity for four Nebraska high schools to play their games at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon. This is a special opportunity to showcase Nebraska high school football and support the Huskers.”

Normal ticket prices will be charged. Fremont and Northeast originally were scheduled to play Sept. 28.

At the Aug. 11 NU Board of Regents meeting, Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst said high schools could use the stadium on Sept. 28, a Thursday, or Sept. 30 with the Huskers’ first regular-season game on a Friday during the high school season.

The state football finals have been held at the stadium since 1996. A playoff doubleheader matching Omaha Westside against Alliance and Columbus against Papillion-La Vista was held there, after a snowstorm, in 1991. The last regular-season contest there was Grand Island’s 25-14 win over Lincoln High that drew 15,000 in 1947.

According to the LPS release, NCAA rules regarding publicity and recruiting guidelines prohibit the NU athletic department from any further comment.

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