Nebraska fans could reportedly take over Eugene, Oregon in early September.
Nebraska fans are some of the most dedicated in the country, and according to one travel agent, they might put that on display in full force this September.
Steven M. Sipple of the Lincoln Journal Star says he was told by an officer at Executive Travel – Steve Glenn – that Nebraska fans appear to be heading to Eugene in droves for their team’s September 9 game against the Ducks.
He estimated that 20,000 Cornhuskers fans could show up for the game.
“I think there will be 20,000 Husker fans, at least,” Glenn told me last week, basing his expectation in part on the relative ease with which he was able to purchase 104 Oregon season tickets for Executive Travel’s 250-plus-person tour to Eugene, Oregon.
A red-clad crowd of 20,000 in Eugene? Really? That seems optimistic. Such a turnout would be reminiscent of Sept. 9, 2000, when Nebraska fans filled about a third of the 80,232 seats in Notre Dame Stadium.
Sipple notes that Autzen Stadium holds 54,000 – which means a 20,000 GBR fan invasion would put a sizable dent in the total crowd.
Last year, Nebraska, at home, held off the Ducks late to emerge with a 35-32 victory. Another victory and perhaps a crowd invasion would constitute a big-time win on the home-and-home series.