In April of 2011 the University of Nebraska began construction expanding the East Stadium of Memorial Stadium. Nebraska opened the new addition for the 2013 home opener against Wyoming on Aug. 31. East Stadium is now roughly twice as tall as it originally was, and accommodates more than 6,000 extra fans with 38 additional suites, and houses the Nebraska Athletic Research facility. Find out more about the Athletic Research Facility by watching the video below.
One of the “Cathedrals of College Football,” according to The Sporting News, Memorial Stadium is one of the most intimidating locations to play in all of sports.
With expanded capacity now reaching beyond 87,000, Nebraska has continued its NCAA-record streak of consecutive sellouts that dates back to 1962 and is at 333 games entering the 2014 season. Nebraska celebrated its 300th consecutive sellout with a stadium record crowd against Louisiana-Lafayette in 2009.
While maintaining its traditional charm, Memorial Stadium has also become one of the most high-tech stadiums in the country. In 1994, the stadium was the first on-campus stadium to feature big-screen instant replay boards. Several upgrades have been made in the past two decades, keeping the Memorial Stadium game experience as one of the nation’s best.
Named in honor of one of the most decorated defensive players in NCAA history, the Ndamukong Suh Strength and Conditioning Center is one of the nation’s finest facilities. Built in 2006, the weight room is one of the largest in the country. Widely regarded as a pioneer in the field of strength and conditioning and the premiere collegiate strength and conditioning program, Nebraska’s strength and conditioning center is 50 percent larger than its previous weight room. The strength and conditioning staff consists of 12 people, including eight full-time staff members who work with all Husker student-athletes teaching proper strength and conditioning techniques, allowing them to reach their maximum potential.
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The Hawks Championship Indoor Center opened for the football team during spring practice in 2006. The magnificent facility features FieldTurf identical to Memorial Stadium’s surface. The field also opens onto the practice fields of the Ed and Joyanne Gass Practice Facility, which includes one grass field and one field which was converted to FieldTurf in the summer of 2010. The indoor center is connected by a skybridge to the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex to give Nebraska the best all-around football facilities in the nation.
The home of five national championship football teams, Nebraska provides its players with every tool needed to be successful. The primary home for the football team is its locker room, which ranks among the most impressive in the country.
Each locker is made of solid maple and features a convenient storage system for equipment and is also equipped with iPads at each locker after Ndamukong Suh’s generous gift to the athletic department. The lockers are hand-made and custom designed with individual electronic security locks and a unique ventilation system that pulls air through and out of the locker.
The design of the locker room allows each athlete to have a greater amount of space and personal storage while providing a convenient location next to the equipment room.
Nebraska players can relax between classes, meetings or practices in the Husker players’ lounge, located on the second floor of the Osborne Athletic Complex.
The room features an area for players to study, video games and a pool table. The lounge is decorated with photos of past Husker greats who are currently playing in the National Football League.
Nebraska’s meeting space more than doubled with the completion of the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex in 2006. The large team room provides space for about 160 people and allows coaches to utilize the most advanced technology as it is equipped with theatre-quality sound and video systems.
The team meeting room is one of several teaching areas on the football floor, as each position coach has a meeting room directly across the hall from his office. Players and coaches each have more space to view game or practice video, giving them a greater edge in preparing for competition.
Nebraska’s rich tradition and history of success is on display throughout Memorial Stadium. In addition to a national championship trophy display on the football floor, the Nebraska Football Experience Room in the Osborne Complex highlights the Huskers’ three Heisman Trophy winners.