Is Nebraska’s Football Sellout Streak in Jeopardy?
The 'If you build it, they will come' mentality has been alive and well in Lincoln, Nebraska for more than 50 years. Even as the seating capacity of Memorial Stadium has grown from 31,000 in 1962 to 87,000 now, one thing has stayed the same - since of October 1962, Nebraska has sold out each and every home football game.
But in 2016, the Cornhuskers are coming off just their third losing season since 1961, all the while stretching their string of seasons without a conference championship to 16.
Could those factors put Nebraska's streak of 347 straight sellouts in jeopardy?
Season ticket renewals were due in Lincoln earlier this week, and judging by reports in Nebraska, 2,000 unsold tickets remain for each of the Huskers seven home games in 2016. Those tickets go on sale to the general public June 1.
That 2,000 number appears to be the highest ever at this point in the year for Nebraska football.
This isn't the first time there have been rumblings in Lincoln about the streak being in jeopardy. In the early 1990s, Nebraska got large numbers of tickets back from visiting teams, forcing then-athletic director Bob Devaney to call on members of the business community to buy up the remaining seats at the last minute.
Perhaps the closest the streak came to ending was during the Bill Callahan years, when the Huskers twice won just five games in Callahan's four seasons, after taking over for the popular Frank Solich.
The 2016 Cornhuskers kickoff the season at home with Fresno State, Saturday, September 3. You can catch all of the action all season long on ESPN 99.1.