University of Nebraska-Lincoln

GAME DAY TRADITIONS

The Scarlet and Cream of the Nebraska Huskers runs deep into every resident of Nebraska-most strongly for the well-respected football team. Come gameday, Memorial Stadium is recognized to be the “Third Largest City in Nebraska.” The Huskers have sold out every home game since 1962, a streak of over 250 consecutive sell-outs and a feat that has never been matched. The band plays the team into the stadium as the fans cheer them on through the Tunnel Walk – truly, Nebraska Football is something that must be experienced firsthand.

Nickname:  Cornhuskers or Huskers
School Colors:  Scarlet & Cream
Mascots:  Herbie Husker & Lil’ Red

UNITY WALK

Greet the Huskers as they arrive by bus in the horseshoe (Vine Street entrance) on the East side of Memorial Stadium 2 hours and 45 minutes prior to kick-off. Nebraska’s players and coaches step off the buses ... (more)

THE TUNNEL WALK & THE HORSESHOE

Signifying the entrance into Memorial Stadium since 1994, Husker football truly begins with the Tunnel Walk. Team members are video-recorded walking from the locker room to the northwest gates at the field level. While the Alan Parsons Project’s “Sirius” reverberates throughout the stadium, the video is shown in the stadium while the crowd gets into a spirited frenzy. The team captains then ... (more)

BLACKSHIRTS/THROWING THE BONES

This term, first being used in the early 1960s, is a term used to describe the First-String Defensive Line of the Nebraska Football team. Then Assistant Coach Mike Corgan had been told to obtain jerseys to distinguish the Defensive Line during weekly practice. Supposedly, the store he had purchased them from had given Mike a deal on black jerseys because they had not been selling very well and wer... (more)

HERBIE HUSKER, LIL' RED & SPIRIT SQUAD

UNL boasts two active mascots that support UNL during sporting events.  Herbie Husker became the first official mascot of UNL after appearing on a Husker magazine in the 1970s.  Herbie was created in the im... (more)

THE MARCHING RED

Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band Traditions A new addition to the Big Ten Conference in 2011, The University of Nebraska is ready to show off their skills in athletics as well as in music. The Big Ten has finally gotten to experience the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band... (more)

RELEASING RED BALLOONS

Before you enter Memorial Stadium for a game, look for the vendors that are selling red balloons. For decades, when Nebraska scores their first points of the game, everyone in the stands releases their red balloons into the air. This tradition has been put on hold following the September 1,... (more)

SCHOOL SONGS

Dear Old Nebraska U (No Place Like Nebraska) Written and composed by Harry Pecha, a 1924 UNL graduate. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7RudxjzBMwg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7pcivIdMok Hail Varsity Written by Joyce Ayres, 1930 UNL grad; music written by Wilbur Chenoweth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szQG2vdqgrg March ... (more)

STADIUM REHEARSAL

2 1/2 hours prior to kick-off, the UNL Marching Band takes the field inside Memorial Stadium to practice their upcoming pregame and halftime performances. The public is invited to sit in the stands to watch prac... (more)

PRE-GAME SPECTACULAR

The Husker Marching Band's pregame show, dubbed "Pre-Game Spectacular," awakens the crowd inside Memorial Stadium, cuing the beginning of a rousing event. The band enters the stadium from all four corners, high stepping to the drum cadence. The cadence quickens, and the band breaks out into a run onto the field, as the announcer booms "Now is the time for the Marching Red Experience - Presenting t... (more)