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Pederson Begins "A Year for the Fans" Salute at Kickoff Press Conference
Courtesy: NU Media Relations
02/11/2003
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University of Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson announces his plans for Husker fans.
Courtesy: Scott Bruhn/NU Media Relations

Lincoln -- University of Nebraska Athletic Director Steve Pederson declared 2003 "A Year for the Fans" at his first major press conference held Tuesday in Lincoln. Pederson was hired as athletic director at Nebraska on Dec. 20, 2002, and began work in Lincoln on Jan. 1, 2003. He left no doubt on Tuesday that Husker fans are the best in the country and they should not only be commended and thanked, but rewarded for their loyalty.

"A Year for the Fans"
At his hiring press conference, Pederson promised fans that the University of Nebraska athletic department would be the hardest working athletic department in the country. At his second press conference, Pederson made a new promise to the Husker faithful.

"Our Mission at the University of Nebraska remains 'Dedicated to Excellence,' but with a renewed sense of urgency, enthusiasm, pride, teamwork, professionalism and integrity. Pederson also said that he has declared the 2003 season, "A Year for the Fans."

"From this point on, we will not only be Dedicated to Excellence, but we will also dedicate our efforts to celebrating the importance of our fans," Pederson said.

Season Football Ticket Prices Reduced
Pederson announced that this year's public and student season football ticket prices will show a decrease from the single-game price as well as from last year's average ticket price. In addition, he will activate a wait list and will make single-game tickets to Husker football games more available to those fans who do not regularly have the opportunity to attend. Memorial Stadium has been sold out since 1962, and Nebraska boasts a continuing NCAA record of 255 consecutive sellouts.

In 2003, public season ticket holders will pay $71 less (19 percent discount) than the face value of Nebraska individual game tickets this season and UNL students will be able to purchase their season tickets at $218 off the full price (60 percent discount). Individual game prices for non-season ticket holders will be priced at either $45 or $55 per game, depending on the opponent (see chart below). Full face value of the seven home games in 2003 is $365. The average ticket price for public season ticket holders in 2003 is $42 (compared to $43.75 in 2002), while the average price for UNL student season tickets in 2003 is $21 (compared to $21.88 last year). Faculty will continue to be able to purchase season tickets at a discounted rate from the single-game price (25 percent discount).

2003 Home Schedule and Ticket Prices

Date

Opponent

Single-Game

Season-Ticket

UNL Students

Aug. 30

Oklahoma St.

$55

$42

$21

Sept. 6

Utah State

$45

$42

$21

Sept. 13

Penn State

$55

$42

$21

Sept. 27

San Jose State

$45

$42

$21

Oct. 18

Texas A&M

$55

$42

$21

Oct. 25

Iowa State

$55

$42

$21

Nov. 15

Kansas State

$55

$42

$21

Total Cost (Avg./Ticket)

$365 ($52.14)

$294 ($42)

$147 ($21)

2002 Ticket Prices (Avg.)

$350 ($43.75)

$350 ($43.75)

$175 ($21.88)


Pederson said the discounted rate for season-ticket holders is the athletic department's way of saying "Thank You" to its loyal Husker fans. Ticket holders will enjoy a stellar home slate in 2003, a seven-game schedule that includes four teams who participated in bowl games in 2002.

"Around the country, our football program is noted for its great fans, perhaps more than anything else. And while we will continue to balance the budget each year, we are reducing the cost of season tickets in 2003. The reduction in ticket price is a direct thank you and a reward for our fan's loyalty and support of the program."

In order to raise the level of anticipation from fans across the state, Pederson will implement a single-game ticket wait list, giving more Nebraska fans an opportunity to see the Huskers. The single-game tickets in this pool would be made available from three potential sources; season-ticket holders who do not renew; season tickets made available because of season-ticket holders who have passed on; or single-game tickets returned from the opponent's allotment. Effective today, fans can sign up for a chance at these single-game tickets on a first-come, first-served basis by signing up on the newly activated on-line wait list. Fans are encouraged to register on-line via Huskers.com, the official website of the Nebraska athletic department. If fans do not have access to the internet, they may send a letter to the Husker Athletic Ticket Office, that includes their address and phone number. All available season tickets will continue to be assigned to donors who give to the University of Nebraska Athletic Department.

Currently, of the 73,952 capacity tickets in circulation, approximately 18,000 different Husker fans purchase 54,500 tickets on a season basis. Faculty purchases approximately 7,300, UNL students purchase 8,200, while the opponent allotment is 4,000 per game. Pederson hopes to put at least 500 tickets per game into the pool. That amount could escalate considerably with returns from visiting teams.

Cheerleader Restrictions Lessened
Pederson notified the Husker Spirit Squad at a noon meeting on Tuesday, that they will again be able to do the more typical cheers and lifts that Husker fans are accustomed to seeing. "Husker fans will enjoy seeing our squad return to some of their original routines," Pederson said. The cheerleaders will be allowed to do two-partner stunts, providing they are trained by a certified coach and complete strength testing and on-going workouts with the strength and conditioning staff.

The addition of two-partner stunts will not change the insurance policies currently held for all student-athletes, including yell squad members. Husker cheerleaders and visiting cheer squads will still not be allowed to perform tumbling, flips, basket tosses and pyramids, that became popular in the past two decades.

"This fall we will be celebrating 100 years of cheerleading at the University," Pederson said. "Cheerleading has always been an important component in the game atmosphere at all of our events. We will not allow the basket tosses and pyramid stunts, because in my opinion, those moves are just too dangerous. However, I look forward to seeing the cheerleaders performing the simpler, less dangerous stunts for our fans."

The two-partner stunts will begin in the fall with the 2003-04 cheer squad. The strength and conditioning requirements will be applied during the formal tryout process in April. Applications for the 2003-04 Spirit Squad can be found on the Huskers.com front page by clicking "Spirit Squad" under "Select a Section" menu. All applications are due March 3, 2003, and should be mailed to the Athletic Marketing Office, P.O. Box 880153, Lincoln, NE 68588-0153.

Conditioning Begins for Herbie
A familiar face will be seen more at Husker events, but not until the 30-year old mascot does his part to get in shape. Herbie Husker, created by Dirk West after the 1974 Cotton Bowl for former SID and Assistant Athletic Director Don Bryant, will begin a rigorous six-month conditioning program. With the assistance of the Husker Performance team and the NU medical staff, Herbie is looking to "get into playing shape," Pederson said, so that he may better entertain Husker fans.

"The Performance Staff has agreed to work with Herbie, and serve as his personal trainer," said Boyd Epley, Nebraska?s Director of Athletic Performance. "We?re hoping that Herbie?s commitment to get in shape will continue through spring ball and summer conditioning, so that he will be in great physical shape by fall camp. There?s no doubt Herbie has not reached his potential, and we are looking forward to charting his progress."

Dr. Lonnie Albers, Director of Athletic Medicine, and James Harris, Coordinator of Nutrition said Herbie needs to change his diet as well as workout habits in order to become a healthier mascot. Monthly Herbie Husker updates will be provided to media as he anticipates his planned return for the Husker football season opener on Aug. 30.

"I want to assure fans that Herbie, along with Lil' Red, will always remain our official mascot," Pederson said, "But Herbie needs to show up at fall camp ready to play for the national championship. This conditioning plan will update Herbie's physical appearance, so that he will be a mascot that fits the Nebraska image of strength and power."

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