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Memorial stadium renovation plans

Eliminating 23,000 south stadium seats for 1 or 2 years is major. Didnt see detail if they will delay doing the seating reductions on the other sides til that is done but it seems unlikely, since the whole thing is supposed to be done in 2026 at the same time that south stadium is. But maybe.

Edit: Deleted out something which I realized made no sense. If anyone asks about it I'm going to say my dog wrote it.
 
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Rumors swirling about pending stadium renovation announcement. Maybe individual seats all the way around? Significant reduction in the stadium capacity? All seats re-positioned in terms of donor level? Anybody hearing anything? What do you think will be the impact other than lots of anger? My guess is that by decreasing stadium capacity they can afford the departure of many ticket holders.

Now more than a rumor. https://omaha.com/sports/huskers/fo...cle_60480119-34ea-53ad-87b8-eb7d6a055902.html
Personally, I like the idea of more room. It's been over 10 years since I got to come to a game in Lincoln, but bleacher seating is one of the worst parts of college football. I went to a game at Ohio State back in 2016 and each "seat" was about big enough for half an average sized male. Packed in like sardines for three plus hours.

I think this is the route you are going to see a lot more places go to. Make the stadium experience more about being able to enjoy your time there, rather than just enjoying the fact you get to be there.

I understand the hurdles that come with cutting seats, especially when people give lots of money for season tickets. The good news for them is that it will make their tickets more valuable when they do choose to sell them.
 



Things I like about this proposal:
  • Complete tear down of South Stadium to rebuild.
  • Seat backs in 3/4 of the stadium.
  • Wider isles
  • New restrooms
  • Upgraded concessions. More food options.
  • Build in the structure so they can sell alcohol in the future if passed. Important for non-football events.
  • Full 360 concourse, plus upper level 270 concourse. This will really help with access.
  • Moving the student section and the band. This is their team, so they really deserve to be a better part of it.
  • The financial plan to do all of it. This whole project seems really well thought out for the future.
Don't like:
  • Might be without South Stadium for 2 years.
 
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I love the idea, I am sure it will look great. I would hate to be a season ticket holder in the South stands though.
 
Eliminating south stadium seats for 1 or 2 years is major. Didnt see detail if they will delay doing the seating reductions on the other sides til that is done but it seems unlikely, since the whole thing is supposed to be done in 2026 at the same time that south stadium is. But maybe.

Giving that many people the brush off for 2 years is rough.
I expect it will be one season
 



Oklahoma State is in the middle of a $300 million overhaul at TBS, and if I'm not mistaken, it is seats all the way around. Capacity is in the 60K range, so it makes sense that it would be about a third less cost than Memorial.

They have had to do this over two years - half of it was done between the 2022 and 2023 seasons, and the other half starting this December.
 
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An idea for the students for next year could be that when you order your tickets you check off a box if you’re willing to donate seats for one random game to students.
 
Nearly half a billion dollars for stadium renovations for a team that has had only one winning season since 2015.

It also comes at a time when the sellout streak is on life support, we've dumped millions on contract buyouts, higher education costs continue to spiral higher and higher, and families are struggling with inflation.

I'm glad that the athletic department is on solid financial ground, but wow.

Hard to argue with your points. I feel the same. I'm a sports lover as much as anyone, but how our culture values balling above all, except for perhaps national defense, is rather alarming to me.
 
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I expect it will be one season
The timeline listed says end of 2024 season thru August 2026. They plan on it being only one season. As someone who does projects for a living, I highly doubt it will be complete by the start of the 2026 season, if they are projecting it that close. Things always go wrong and take longer than people anticipate. It will be an ask for forgiveness situation, rather than setting people up for disappointment now.
 





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