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What to Buy A Nebraska Husker Fan

Updated on October 20, 2014

Nebraska Husker Fans Defined

If you live in Nebraska you are either a Husker fan, related to a Husker fan, or have a Husker fan as a friend. It can't be helped. The Nebraska Huskers has one of the largest, if not the most loyal football fans in college football.

This phenomenon takes some getting used to for a Connecticut Yankee that moved to the Midwest. In the east coast basketball ruled when I grew up, my Dad watched pro football, I went to high school games, but not to watch the game but to socialize.

In Nebraska you don't socialize during a game, you watch the game, you analyze the plays, you talk about it for days afterwards and then talk about the next game coming up. The season of Nebraska football is a culture, a passion, an obsession, and a way of life.

Even though I'm a Connecticut Yankee, and went to school at Oklahoma State, I'm a wife of a die hard Husker fan, so I've learned to adapt, overcome, and use this to my advantage. I'm never without a gift idea for birthdays or Christmas.

Legend of Memorial Stadium - The Place Where Legends are Born

Memorial Stadium, Lincoln Nebraska
Memorial Stadium, Lincoln Nebraska

Husker T-Shirt and Clothing

Nebraska Corn Huskers New Agenda Pride Pill Red Football T-Shirt (Large )
Nebraska Corn Huskers New Agenda Pride Pill Red Football T-Shirt (Large )

A red Nebraska shirt is an essential element of game day and any Nebraska Husker wardrobe. Even if you're not a football fan, this is a shirt that symbolizes the great state of Nebraska.

 

We don't go to many football games at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln Nebraska, tickets are hard to find and can be very expensive depending on the game. The stadium has been sold out for 325 games, every game since 1962 and is an ncaa record. It is the third largest population in the state on game day and the highest attended Husker game was played in front of 86,304 people.

This doesn't count the thousands of people who tailgate in the parking lots outside the stadium and watch the game on satellite TV's or listen on the radio as they party with friends.

Game day in Lincoln Nebraska is something to experience, it's more than a game, it's an event.

NCAA Nebraska Cornhuskers Car Flag With Wall Bracket
NCAA Nebraska Cornhuskers Car Flag With Wall Bracket

A parade of cars with Nebraska window flags drive down I-80 on game day. Most are heading to Lincoln, but it's a tradition to but Nebraska flags on your car just to mark the event, even if you're not going to the game.

 

Top 3 Game Day Essentials - Three Items Every Husker Fan Needs

The top three items for every Husker fan; a red Husker shirt, a Nebraska flag to put on the window of the car, and a Husker baseball cap. This is the basic survival gear for any Nebraska fan whether you are going to a game in Memorial stadium in Lincoln, or attending a football party.

So if you know of someone moving to Nebraska or starting college at the University of Nebraska, this is a perfect gift combination to introduce them to the world of Nebraska football. From here they can start to build their Husker collection and maybe add a Blackshirt or two.

Legendary Tunnel Walk - An Intense Three Minutes

The entrance of the Nebraska football players to the field is accompanied by the infamous tunnel walk. It's three minutes at the start of the football game that sends electricity, excitement, motivation, and a frenzied emotion through a sea of red that is unsurpassed in college football.

Just the start of the music pumps up the crowd and even the most jaded person can't help but get into the moment and become a Nebraska Husker for a few minutes.

Below are just a few videos of the various Nebraska tunnel walks and crowd responses, might want to turn your speakers down a little.

A special tunnel walk tribute to the heroes of 9-11 during the next game after the Twin Towers tragedy.

Husker Tailgate Gear - Essentials for a Tailgate Party

NCAA Nebraska Cornhuskers 9-Foot x 9-Foot Tailgating Canopy, Red
NCAA Nebraska Cornhuskers 9-Foot x 9-Foot Tailgating Canopy, Red

Tailgating tents are the first priority. Pop this up and set up the tables.

 

Tail Gating University of Nebraska Style

Even though the game may not start until four or five o'clock Nebraska fans start to arrive in Lincoln early in the morning to get a good tailgating spot. Some even camp overnight. Tents go up, grills come out, and friends start arriving hours before the game.

The parking lots for a mile radius around Memorial Stadium are a sea of red, and it soon becomes clear the game is only a small part of the event. Food, fun, friends and family is all part of the tradition of a Nebraska tailgating party. Of course everything is Nebraska red from the tents, the coolers, the chairs, and of course the shirts.

Tailgating at the Big Game - Nebraska take Tailgating Seriously

Tailgating at a Football game
Tailgating at a Football game

Combination Husker Grill and Cooler

NCAA Nebraska Cornhuskers Buccaneer Embroidered Set, One Size, Black
NCAA Nebraska Cornhuskers Buccaneer Embroidered Set, One Size, Black

Here is the ultimate tailgating grill and cooler combination. Pack you hotdogs, hamburgers and brats in the cooler, then take out the grill and it's instant tailgate season. Perfect for just a small gathering, literally on your tailgate.

Break out the Nebraska chairs around the television or radio on game day, grill some brats and have the ultimate tail gating party.

 

Nebraska Football Photos - A sneak peek into the Huskers

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Memorial Studium, Lincoln Nebraska, home of the Nebraska CornhuskersNebraska football, a tradition, a passion, a way of life.Nebraska Pep BandSam Burtch, a red shirt freshman from Elmwood-Murock Nebraska. Sam and my son graduated together.The beginning of the tunnel walkThe Nebraska Cornhusker tunnel walkValentinos pizza, the official pizza of the Nebraska CornhuskersTeam Jack, an ESPN moment during the 2013 Nebraska Spring football game (scrimmage)I was lucky to have been at the game and just before this moved down closer to the field.Jack Hoffman, a pediatric brain cancer patient. What an inspirational moment that sent chills through the stadium and the hearts of every sports fan.Football players lift Jack Hoffman on their shoulders after he makes a touchdown during the spring game.
Memorial Studium, Lincoln Nebraska, home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers
Memorial Studium, Lincoln Nebraska, home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers
Nebraska football, a tradition, a passion, a way of life.
Nebraska football, a tradition, a passion, a way of life.
Nebraska Pep Band
Nebraska Pep Band
Sam Burtch, a red shirt freshman from Elmwood-Murock Nebraska. Sam and my son graduated together.
Sam Burtch, a red shirt freshman from Elmwood-Murock Nebraska. Sam and my son graduated together.
The beginning of the tunnel walk
The beginning of the tunnel walk
The Nebraska Cornhusker tunnel walk
The Nebraska Cornhusker tunnel walk
Valentinos pizza, the official pizza of the Nebraska Cornhuskers
Valentinos pizza, the official pizza of the Nebraska Cornhuskers
Team Jack, an ESPN moment during the 2013 Nebraska Spring football game (scrimmage)
Team Jack, an ESPN moment during the 2013 Nebraska Spring football game (scrimmage)
I was lucky to have been at the game and just before this moved down closer to the field.
I was lucky to have been at the game and just before this moved down closer to the field.
Jack Hoffman, a pediatric brain cancer patient. What an inspirational moment that sent chills through the stadium and the hearts of every sports fan.
Jack Hoffman, a pediatric brain cancer patient. What an inspirational moment that sent chills through the stadium and the hearts of every sports fan.
Football players lift Jack Hoffman on their shoulders after he makes a touchdown during the spring game.
Football players lift Jack Hoffman on their shoulders after he makes a touchdown during the spring game.

Husker Black Shirts Gear

NCAA Nebraska Cornhuskers Black Blackshirts Static T-shirt
NCAA Nebraska Cornhuskers Black Blackshirts Static T-shirt

Husker Blackshirts, the pride of Nebraska. My husband is a big fan of the defense. He went to school at UNL during the early 80's and loves the Blackshirts.

 

Nebraska Clothing - Add more Husker Red to your Closet

Everyone needs more Husker clothing, really. Can't have enough T-shirts, polos, or athletic pants. Nebraska clothing comes in all styles for every fashion conscience fan. Athletic polo shirts are classy, but t-shirts are casual for a tail gate party.

My husband is a defensive player fan, so the big bad Blackshirts are his favorite. For him it's Blackshirt defense all the way. So I wear Red and he wears black. (Just be warned wearing black during an early season game can be very warm)

Nebraska Husker Flags

University of Nebraska Huskers Flag - Garden Size
University of Nebraska Huskers Flag - Garden Size

I have a garden banner I change out for the seasons, during game day this it the perfect one to use. Many people have a permanent flagpole that flies Nebraska flag with pole to attach to your house, garage or shed.

 

Husker Home Décor - Deck out your Home in Husker Red

During the fall you can drive through the state and see just who is the loyal Nebraska Husker fan. In some neighborhoods it's almost a competition.

I've even seen Christmas displays set to the Husker theme music. To someone from the east or west coast this may seem obsessive, but we don't have a professional football team in Nebraska so the Huskers take their place.

Husker Christmas Ornament

NCAA Nebraska Cornhuskers 3 Inch Helmet Ornament
NCAA Nebraska Cornhuskers 3 Inch Helmet Ornament

No Christmas tree in Nebraska is complete without a Husker football helmet. Some people in the state have Cornhusker trees, decorated with footballs, helmets and decked out in red and white lights.

 

Husker Gifts - Perfect Christmas Gifts for the Nebraska Fan

Christmas time is always perfect to add another Husker ornament on the tree. No one should have any excuse for not having an idea for Christmas if you have a Husker fan in the household.

There is more Husker gifts than you can shake a stick at and I know people who have Husker themed Christmas trees. Herbie Husker sits on more trees across the country than you can count. It's an easy gift for kids to get their Dad, Uncle, or Grandfather for Christmas, and can easily become a tradition.

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I would love to hear your experience at a Husker football game, or at a tailgating party. Does your school do it better? What traditions do you have in your state? Drop me a comment, especially if your a Nebraska fan or live in the state.

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      Sandy Mertens 2 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Here we are fans of the Green Bay Packers. If you are not, you keep quiet. :)

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      Dawn Romine 4 years ago from Nebraska

      @shellys-space: A Husker game is pretty intense, it's more than a game, it's an event! A local kid is playing football on the team, Sam Burtch, think he's going to give us a few more years of excitement around here.

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Go Huskers! I live in Nebraska and we just went on a tour of the the stadium and athletic dept.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You gave some great ideas for gifts. Thanks!