Husker Tradition Deflated for 2012

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A treasured Cornhusker game-day tradition will be placed on hiatus this season. For six decades, fans have been releasing red balloons into the air from the stands following the first Husker touchdown of the game. However, due to a global helium shortage, the tradition will take place one more time, on September 1, before it is put on hold indefinitely. According to, only 2,000-2,500 balloons will be released as opposed to the normal 4,000-5,000. So if you have the chance, be sure to purchase your red balloon from a vendor before you enter Memorial Stadium-it may be your last chance for a while.

About: Heather Blackmon-doForno

As a member of the Ohio State University Marching Band, I quickly grew to appreciate the dedication and pride each Big Ten Marching Band exhibits, as well as the traditions, history and culture of each school they represent. Being a passionate world traveler, my trips to Big Ten schools have always involved an effort to go beyond the game, scoping out the best local places to eat, delving into local history, viewing the campus architecture and learning about quirky folklore.