Although spring games only provide a minor taste of regular-season action, football programs still have an abundance of fans in attendance. Several teams saw huge crowds, but none were larger than the one in Lincoln to watch the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Nebraska is coming off its first season under head coach Scott Frost. The team finished with a 4-8 record, which makes it back-to-back losing campaigns for the Cornhuskers.
Despite recent struggles on the gridiron, the people of Nebraska still can’t get enough of their football team. In fact, over 85,000 fans were in attendance for the spring game.
Obviously getting an early look at the team plays a factor in people purchasing tickets, but another cause was the chance to donate money to help those that were affected by floods earlier this month.
The Cornhuskers were selling shirts at the game with all the profit going to the Red Cross.
For the second consecutive season, the Huskers led college football in spring game attendance with a sellout. In fact, the 85,946 fans who showed up marked the second-highest figure in program history behind last year’s 86,818, which falls in the Top 10 all-time after Memorial Stadium in one day after Scott Frost was hired as coach. Many of the Huskers’ most important players sat out due to injury, but Heisman candidate Adrian Martinez did play the first half and led a touchdown drive.
Nebraska had a better attendance number than other schools with huge followings, like Penn State, Ohio State, and Alabama.
Expectations will be high for the Cornhuskers this year, which means Frost has to deliver in his second season.
After all, the fans in Lincoln are already out in full force.