LINCOLN — Football season has arrived and with it new things for Husker fans to consider: Clear bags. Sweeter scoreboard images. Eight new honorees. Twitter captioning.
Nebraska’s season launches Saturday at Memorial Stadium with a 7 p.m. game against Arkansas State.
Changes in policies and appearance at the stadium aren’t profound this season, but there are some of which fans should be aware.
The changes, some obvious and some less so, include:
Clear bag policy
This policy, for all ticketed sports events at the university, will allow people to bring in only a clear bag — 12-by-6-by-12 inches or a 1-gallon Ziploc-style bag — and a small clutch purse, 4.5-by-6.5 inches, roughly the size of a hand.
The policy, for safety reasons, prohibits carrying in coolers, backpacks, briefcases, fanny packs, computer bags, camera bags, binocular cases, diaper bags, umbrellas and other items. With inspection, blankets carried on the shoulder will be allowed. Also allowed with inspection: hand-held TVs and radios, small cameras and binoculars (without cases), infant feeding supplies, empty plastic water bottles and seat cushions that are no bigger than 16-by-16 inches and don’t have zippers or arms.
Those carrying nothing will use express lanes at multiple gates.
See huskers.com/bagpolicy for a full description of the policy.
Improved scoreboard electronics and quality
The electronics in the video boards and ribbon boards have been replaced and improved. New, longer ribbon boards will rotate and scroll information on the east and west sides. A third ribbon board has been placed on the stadium’s upper east facade.
More statistics, more game information and more player graphics also are promised by the NU athletic department. The cost of all video and ribbon board improvements was about $6 million, paid by the athletic department.
Better scoreboard views for north stadium fans
New scoreboards on the northwest and northeast corners that face the North Stadium will enable those fans to avoid looking backward or across the stadium for replays and other information. The “wraparound boards” can have a split screen or a single screen, depending on the situation. Regardless, the Husker athletic department says these new video boards will make life better for those in the North Stadium.
New captioning system
A captioning system for the hearing impaired will be distributed to all fans on Twitter at @HuskerCaption. Those who don’t have devices that access Twitter may check out iPads at guest services on the east and west sides. Memorial Stadium guest services will still have assistive listening devices available for checkout by fans who don’t want to participate in this pilot project.
Tributes and other signage
The athletic department will posthumously honor eight Husker members of the College Hall of Fame by erecting their names with others below the video board in the North Stadium. The eight: Guy Chamberlin (1913-15), Clarence Swanson (1918-21), Ed Weir (1923-25), George Sauer (1931-33), Sam Francis (1934-36), Forrest Behm (1938-40), Bobby Reynolds (1950-52) and Wayne Meylan (1965-67).
A new National Championships sign has been placed on the east side and will be lit at night. The Academic All-Americans and Consecutive Sellouts signs have been moved higher on the east side to make room for the new ribbon board.
Fanatics, or Husker shops, are now open in three spots.
The east shop is in Memorial Stadium at Gate 18 and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on game days.
There is a shop at the new College of Business building, open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There is a Pinnacle Bank Arena shop open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All stores are owned and operated by Fanatics.
The North Concourse football offices underwent expansion recently. More space will be available to recruiting staffers, graduate assistants, consultants, the director and assistant director of football operations and others. A new brick facade, video screens and displays will be evident to fans. The expansion was built with $1.1 million in athletic department money.
How the cookie crumbles: Nebraska's 2017 football schedule
A week-by-week breakdown of Nebraska's schedule with final predictions for each game. Predictions were made before the season started. Broken cookies are predicted Husker wins, whole cookies are predicted losses. Text by Sam McKewon and Evan Bland. Photos by Kent Sievers. Cookies by Sugar Chic Design.