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Largest crowd of fans attend Husker spring game

Posted at 1:20 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 14:20:54-04

With Scott Frost roaming the sidelines for his first time since his championship game in 1997, thousands of fans filled memorial stadium for the Husker’s Spring game.

A new beginning and a new sense of pride for the game they love has Husker fans like Chris Smith pumped for the 2018 football season, “You know why, Scott Frost, baby!"

Some in attendance even sported their throwback jerseys. 
Nebraska fans say their support for husker football is unlike anywhere else.

“I watch some of the other Big 10 games and there's five hundred to a thousand people. Ninety-two thousand people, that speaks a lot for the fans here in Nebraska,” says Smith.

But there's more to it than just football.

Smith continues, “They're bringing a lot of unity to people in the state and people are just excited about it across the state, from one end to the other."

There’s a new form of unity that has no age limit.

”I’ve been a husker fan, I’ve had season tickets for decades now. I’ve been coming here a long time,” says Chip Riedmann, who has been following Scott Frost since he played for the Huskers.
“I’ve been a fan my whole life. I’m 45 years old and I can't remember there ever being this much hype over a spring game,” Smith boasts.

Alongside long-time fans were those like Jack Bixby who watched the Memorial Stadium action for the first time.

Jayson Bixby looks at his son, “On the excitement level, where would you rank it? From 1 to 10, 10 being the highest."
Jack answers, "100!"

Out of the whole experience of the season kickoff game, fans like Smith said they were proud to be part of history.

“To have Frost come on the field for the first time after that tunnel walk with the team, I think it's going to be exciting to say that we were here to be a part of that."

The optimism for this season remains obvious, according to Riedmann, “I have no doubt that he can do it. I think we're all very confident. He's shown that he can do it in other places. I know he can do it here. He's got as much support as you could possibly hope for."

Win or lose this season, fans say they're excited to have Frost back home.