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Huskerville is calling on football fans to get their game day on even though the football season has been put on hold.
And they’re calling an audible for fans:
The Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln athletic department and the Downtown Lincoln Association have organized the City of Red initiative, and they’re encouraging fans to show their Husker spirit, perhaps by making a day of it in Lincoln, buying red items, visiting local neighborhoods and even staying overnight in a hotel. The website cityofred.com will list creative ways people can celebrate game day, and events can be tailored to any locale.
“The financial impact of no Husker football this fall is significant,” Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said. “The ‘City of Red’ campaign is an excellent idea and I encourage all of our fans to support our local economies in a safe and responsible way, while keeping our Husker spirit thriving in our communities.”
Even as restaurants, bars and hotels struggle to stay afloat, COVID-19 remains a health threat, so social distancing, masks and other precautions would be part and parcel of any Husker-themed event.
The groups, along with others, are making sure that game day still includes football by airing classics from years gone by either online or on television:
- The Huskers’ Facebook page will stream classic Husker games each Saturday. The schedule is yet to be announced.
- The Husker Sports Network will be reliving the 1994 national championship season on Saturdays from Sept. 12 to Dec. 5 at 1 p.m., including live pregame, halftime and postgame shows featuring Husker Sports Network talent, players from that era and former coach Tom Osborne.
- The Big Ten Network will air classic Husker games each Saturday starting this week: Oklahoma, October 2001; Missouri, November 1997; Colorado, November 1996; and Penn State, November 2013.