Campus atmosphere before Nebraska spring game has feel of a fall Saturday

Fans set up tailgates outside Memorial Stadium before kickoff of the spring game.

LINCOLN — It may not be a true game day, but walking around Memorial Stadium Saturday morning, you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

Tailgates sprouted up in parking lots surrounding the stadium around 7 a.m. Saturday in preparation for the Husker spring game. Recreational vehicles were parked and ready at 5 p.m. Friday night. The smell of hot dogs and tailgate smoke hit right as cars exit Interstate 180 onto Q street in the Haymarket.

Fans milled about around the stadium and opted for light jackets and gloves for morning attire. It’s a cloudy morning in Lincoln with a slight breeze. Some sprinkles came around 8:30 and continued throughout the morning. Temperatures should hang around 50 degrees all day. There is rain in the forecast but it should subside by kickoff at 11 a.m. It felt a little more like an early October conference showdown rather than an April 21st scrimmage.

The Huskers did not have a unity walk Saturday but shuffled onto the field for the first time around 8:45. The defensive line was the first group in uniform and on the field around 9 a.m. They tossed a football around then did some light warm ups with defensive line coach Mike Dawson, who was dressed in padding head to toe.

Gates opened for fans at 9:30 a.m. and the bleachers filled up fairly quickly, despite the wet conditions. Some even snuck down to the railing to watch warm ups.

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Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email: chris.heady@owh.com.

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