April 15, 2006

Spring game notes

***A crowd of 57,415 Husker fans filled Memorial Stadium for the 57th Annual Spring Game, played on a windy afternoon with the temperature near 80 by the end of the game. Although not a Spring Game record crowd, the attendance represented the first capacity crowd in Spring Game history with the more than 20,000 seats in North Stadium closed due to the Memorial Stadium Expansion Project set for completion by NU's season opener this fall.

Last season, a Spring Game record 63,416 fans gathered for Nebraska's final practice of the spring season, while 61,417 fans packed Memorial Stadium in 2004 for coach Bill Callahan's debut on the NU sideline.

"I would like to thank our great fans," Callahan said. "There is nowhere across the United States in major college football where you can manufacture a home sellout for spring football. It just speaks volumes for our program, for the fans, for the following and the passion for the state of Nebraska. It was an outstanding atmosphere for our players to play in today. In the last three years I have always considered this our eighth home game and today provided a climate and environment to function in, in terms of execution and pressure. Overall we are real pleased in that aspect."

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