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Year Opened: 1923 | Field Surface: Artificial Turf
For some fans, making a Saturday trek to see the Cornhuskers play Memorial Stadium is comparable to a Sunday church service. This cathedral of college football has enjoyed a sold-out congregation since Nov. 3, 1962, when the facility catered to a now-modest 36,501 fans. The streak represents the longest active NCAA-record for consecutive home sellouts. Today the place seats more than 81,000.
Built in the fall of 1922, Memorial Stadium was officially dedicated at a homecoming game on Oct. 20, 1923. It was constructed to seat 31,000 Nebraska faithful and in honor of the fallen state residents from the Civil War and Spanish-American War and the 751 who died in service during WWI. As time passed and renovations were completed, the historic venue grew to a capacity of 81,067 and continued to honor fallen Nebraskans from the nation's wars, including the 3,839 from WWII, the 225 in Korea, the 422 in Vietnam and those who perished in Iraq and Afghanistan.
With two new replay boards and a high-def upgrade to all existing replay boards, the Huskers opened up the 2009 season against Louisiana-Lafayette with a single-game attendance record of 86,304.
Scribed in the four corners of the stadium are words written by former University of Nebraska professor of philosophy Hartley Burr Alexander, whose tribute reads as follows at these spots:
--Southeast: "In Commemoration of the men of Nebraska who served and fell in the Nations Wars."
--Southwest: "Not the victory but the action; Not the goal but the game; In the deed the glory."
--Northwest: "Courage; Generosity; Fairness; Honor; In these are the true awards of manly sport."
--Northeast: "Their Lives they held their countrys trust; They kept its faith; They died its heroes."
Source: University of Nebraska
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