Nebraska hosts Louisiana-Lafayette on Sept. 26, 2009, a wonderful moment in
Husker football history will be celebrated. Memorial Stadium, home to the
Cornhuskers since 1923, will celebrate an unprecedented and NCAA-record 300
consecutive sellouts with the third sellout of the 2009 season. The
Louisiana-Lafayette game will begin at 6 p.m. and will be available to the
public via pay per view through Fox Sports Net.
to Wear Throwback Uniforms
of the 300th straight sellout celebration, the 2009 Huskers will wear
uniforms designed by adidas to match those worn by Nebraska in 1962. The uniforms (numbers 1 through 99) will be auctioned to the public as full sets, including pants, jersey and helmet, on Huskers.com this fall. The auction will
begin in conjunction with the first week of fall football practice and end the
week of Oct. 4. Minimum bids for each set will be $500. Replica jerseys and
helmets will also be available for sale through Huskers Authentic.
addition, all Husker letterwinners and staff who were a part of the 1962 team
have been invited to return to the site of the nation’s longest sellout streak
for this occasion. The 1962 team will be a part of Homecoming festivities and
will be honored on game day.
Family Will Be Honored
sellout streak began in former NU Head Coach Bob Devaney’s first season in
Lincoln after moving his family from Wyoming. When he arrived, the Huskers had
not posted a winning season since 1954 and had won just 15 games in the previous
five seasons under Bill Jennings.
seating capacity of 31,080, the first sellout in Nebraska’s ongoing NCAA streak
took place on Nov. 3 against Missouri – Coach Devaney’s seventh game.
Unfortunately, the previously unbeaten 1962 Huskers lost the Homecoming
contest, 16-7. Forty-seven years and 297 games later, the sellout streak is
going strong with every game in 2009 expected to sell out.
first team finished 9-2. Devaney-coached teams would go on to lose just nine
games in 11 seasons in Memorial Stadium during the streak, while his
Hall-of-Fame successor, Tom Osborne, lost just 16 home games in 25
now Nebraska’s athletic director, is pleased to announce that the Devaney
family, including son Mike, daughter Patricia and their children, will be in
attendance for the 300th sellout and will be a part of the weekend’s
want to thank Bob Devaney and his family for getting it all started back in
1962,” Osborne said. “In addition, we especially thank the fans who have been so
supportive over the past 47 years.”
Sellout Streak Notes
- Notre Dame is second
in all-time consecutive sellouts with 205, 92 fewer than
- The Huskers are
258-39 during the 297 sellouts to date. The mark includes a 39-24 record against
- Nebraska is 5-0 in
the five milestone sellouts during that period (50th, 100th, 150th, 200th and
250th sellouts), including a 24-7 win over No. 2 Colorado on Oct. 29, 1994 (No.
200) and a 44-13 victory over Utah State on Sept. 7, 2002 (No.
- Nebraska will have
played 75 different opponents from 35 different states during the 300-game
- Nebraska coaches lost
just 39 games in 47 years at home during the streak. Bob Devaney (1962 to 1972,
11 years) posted a 50-9 record; Tom Osborne (1973-1997, 25 years) went 145-16;
Frank Solich (1998-2003, 6 years) posted a 38-4 record; Bill Callahan was 19-8
(2004-2007, 4 years); and current head coach Bo Pelini is 6-2
Salute to the Fans
athletic department recognizes that the sellout streak would not be possible
without loyal fans that have followed the Huskers across the country for five
decades. As a thank you to the best fans in collegiate football, other
activities are being planned. A partial listing of the 300th
consecutive sellout events and activities include:
- A commemorative logo,
exclusive to adidas, will be used in official 300th sellout apparel
and be available at the Huskers Authentic Team Store and other Husker retail
- Game tickets and
programs designed to look like those printed in the early 1960s.
- A commemorative
ticket will be sold at Huskers Authentic for $5 each. Each of the 300 ticket
stubs were donated to the athletic department by Willis and Fran Regier of
- The commission of a
Mike Sullivan painting for display in the Osborne Athletic Complex lobby. The
painting by the nationally known artist is part of a salute to Husker fans and
is planned to be complete the week of the game.
- The game will be
designated as Homecoming, as chosen by NU student leaders, providing an
appropriate theme for "throwback" floats and other displays.
- The Homecoming parade
will feature members of the 1962 team and will end at the Wick Alumni Center,
where the 1962 team will be recognized at a reception.
- An on-site display in
the fall featuring memorabilia from the 1960s.
to Launch New Site July 1;
conjunction with internet partner NeuLion, Huskers.com, the official website of
NU Athletics, has been redesigned and officially launches as a new site on July
director of creative services, Randy York, oversees the new site. He said new
value-added services for fans include:
- A video portal that
delivers exclusive features and highlights
- A photo store that
enables fans to buy their favorite pictures online with ease
- An auction site that
gives fans opportunities to bid on Husker items and experiences
- Embedded video that
complements the top stories on the Huskers.com homepage
- An interactive poll
where fans vote online to timely Nebraska-related questions
has a sleeker look and feel and substantially increased functionality,” York
said. “These new capabilities will elevate our website’s viewing experience, and
we think they can help make Huskers.com a true online destination for countless
people – those who have been loyal readers for years and those who don’t know
what they’re missing.”
celebrate the launch of the Photo Store, the athletic department is pleased to
offer 15 percent off and free shipping on custom-framed photos for all Nebraska
fans. The grand opening offering has limited timing, so be sure to check out
Wednesday's official launch for more details.
addition to new interactive and marketing services, York said the newly designed
site also is accommodating increased sponsorship and advertisement placements.
Authentic Grand Re-Opening
fans also will enjoy great new products and management of the Huskers Authentic
Team Store, which will celebrate its grand re-opening on July 3 in
have a new look, a new way of operating and a professional, service-minded
staff,” said Michael Stephens, assistant athletic director for marketing,
licensing and concessions. “This business is all about selection and service,
and we think the decisions we’ve made put us in position to serve our fans
better than ever.”
weekend of July 3-5, Husker fans get 30 percent off a wide selection of Nebraska
adidas gear, a promotion timed perfectly for the start of the 2009 season.
owned and operated by the Nebraska Athletic Department, Huskers Authentic will
be managed by Gregg Lingenfelder, an athletic department
Authentic is a very attractive store, and we think we can manage it more
effectively internally,” Nebraska athletic director Tom Osborne said Monday
night on his monthly radio program on the Husker Sports
ready to take this business where it’s supposed to be,” Stephens said. “We’ve
listened to what our fans want, and we’re excited for them to come along with us
on this new ride in retail.”
Authentic has gotten a facelift, but is still located in the lower level of the
Stadium Drive parking garage west of Memorial Stadium.
July 1, Nebraska fans also will be able to purchase authentic team gear online
at the new and improved Huskers Authentic Team Store. Online operation of the
Team Store will be outsourced to Team Fan Shop, "We’re excited about that
relationship, too,” Stephens said. “All of our fans living outside of Lincoln
have been asking for more selection and better service, and that’s what we’re
going to give them.”