University of Nebraska Athletics
Lincoln, Nebraska plays host to the famed University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Cornhusker athletic programs have a rich tradition of success, formerly in the BIG-12 conference and since then moving to BIG-10 play in 2010. Whether it be a game with old rivals the Texas Longhorns or Kansas Jayhawks or current rivals the Iowa Hawkeyes or Minnesota Golden Gophers, Lincoln gets rocking for their Cornhuskers on game day. Donning the infamous cream helmet with a large scarlet "N" on the side, the Cornhusker football team is the cream of the crop in Lincoln. Every fall, 85,000 strong gather at famed Memorial Stadium to cheer on their Cornhuskers. The football program is nationally known for winning five national championships with three coming in the 1970's and two during the 1990's.
Another renowned Cornhusker sport is women’s volleyball. Playing in the Bob Devaney Sports Center on campus, large crowds gather to cheer on their Cornhusker women to victory in volleyball. Since 1995, the Husker ladies volleyball team has brought home five national championships and has reached the national semifinals nine other times. They are the all-time leader in wins in all of women's college volleyball and the program has seen more All-American athletes than any other program in the country.
Tradition plays heavy on the campus in Lincoln and that is no more evident than in a trip to Memorial Stadium on a football game day. Beginning over five hours prior to game time, the Marching Red school band plays at the stadium. As the team makes the walk down the tunnel to come out for kickoff, half of the stadium shouts "Husker" and the other half follows with "Power," creating an epic chant throughout the stadium for the team. During the game, red balloons are released into the air after the Huskers first score and the Nebraska defense can be seen throwing up their arms in an X-shape after a big tackle in salute to the 1960's "blackshirts" Cornhusker defense. But perhaps the neatest tradition of all, one that has been praised by famous visiting coaches, is the entire stadium standing and clapping for the opposing team as they leave the field of play after the game battle has occurred, a true testament to the type of people that cheer on the scarlet and white.