Spring games in college football don’t usually get a ton of press, but fans of the Nebraska Cornhuskers changed that today. Per the team’s Twitter page, the attendance at Lincoln’s Memorial Stadium was massive.
Today's attendance: 76,881.
— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) April 11, 2015
You’re reading that number correctly, ladies and gentlemen: 76,881.
Now, take the fact that Memorial Stadium has a seating capacity of 87,000. That puts today’s capacity at about 88.3 percent, a spring game that also happened to be the debut of new Huskers head coach Mike Riley, who was hired away from Oregon State in December after the firing of Bo Pelini.
Keep in mind, Nebraska’s Big Ten rival Michigan Wolverines also have a new head coach in former San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh, and only about 60,000 fans made it to the Big House for the spring game in Ann Arbor.
That is not at all a small crowd for a spring game in a stadium that fits close to 110,000, but still a coup for a football program like Nebraska.
Having a stadium at near capacity for a spring game is one thing, but drawing a bigger crowd than Jim Harbaugh? That’s saying something, and loudly.
These teams won’t play each other at all during the regular season, but who knows? These spring game stadium numbers could be the start of another intense Big Ten rivalry, so both teams are automatically ones to watch in the college football preseason.
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