Lifelong Husker fan has many mouths to feed at his tailgate

Hank Vice serving burgers to Morrill Hall workers.

Hank Vice serving burgers to Morrill Hall workers.

By Devon Kleich, NewsNetNebraska

From the old Tom Osborne years to the new Mike Riley era, Nebraska football has seen plenty of change. But Hank Vice’s tailgate tradition has remained the same.

The tailgating veteran from Murdock has created an experience plenty of fans and campus workers have come to enjoy. He’s been serving up burgers, hotdogs and beers to the masses since 1996.

In fact, he moved to directly in front of Morrill Hall about four years ago because he needed more space. With 250 pounds of meat and 30 cases of beer, he brings enough food to feed the population of Murdock.

“On an average game, we will feed about 250 people, but our most ever was well over 400.”

Since he started feeding everyone in 1996, the workers at Morrill Hall and the people who collect money for parking have been his priority.

“They don’t get to come out and don’t get to enjoy it,” he said. “The poor folks that work up here (parking in the East Stadium loop), all they do is catch crap from everybody all day. They’re nice people. We have guys that come to our tent that worked over there 10 years ago.”

Vice does not charge people or ask them to help chip in to pay for food. Most of the food that he brings can donated by companies from around Nebraska. He gets some from the grocery store he owns in Wahoo. He wants to be able to give everyone a great Husker tailgating experience.

If the food was not enough, the TVs and satellite dish are just another perk to watch games while enjoying your burger and brew.

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