A taste of Husker tailgating

By Jason Lubken, NewsNetNebraska

Above the main entrance, carved into the soaring stone walls of Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium, an inscription reads, “Through these gates pass the greatest fans in college football.” There’s no doubt why; Nebraska football fans are some of the greatest people you’ll ever meet.

  • Foreground, left to right: Gregg Mitchell of Omaha, and Gene Uher of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, discuss the upcoming Nebraska game on September, 26th, 2015.

If you have ever experienced Husker tailgating, then understanding the tradition of Nebraska Football will come easy to you.  As the sun began to rise over Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, September 26th, a group of Nebraska fans posted-up in a neighborhood corner lot just north of the railroad tracks on 8th and W Street.  For more than three decades now, this community of friends and family have been dropping their tailgates in the same place.

“I remember back when there was no fence in front of the railroad tracks and we could just walk straight over to the stadium,” Barb Berg, of Papillion, Nebraska told me.  Mrs. Berg and her family have been tailgating in this lot long before Pinnacle Bank Arena was built, nearly 25 years now.

Mrs. Berg and her husband along with several other families, meet before every home game.  It’s a potluck of food, drinks, and more than a few helpings of nostalgia thanks to the many stories of football and friendship.  Family friend Brigitte Uher and her Husband Gene travel all the way from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for each tailgate. “It’s tradition!” They tell me. 

Ted DeLaet talks about his experience tailgating.

When I walked into this group of tailgaters, having never met them before, I was greeted with a hardy plate of breakfast and friendly smiles.  A testament to why I say, “Nebraska fans are some of the greatest people you’ll ever meet.”


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