Spring Game tickets sell out in first hour

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska fans can no longer buy tickets for the Red-White Spring Football Game, as the exhibition sold out in the first hour on Wednesday.

The spring game will be played on Saturday, April 21 at Memorial Stadium, with kickoff set for 11 a.m., marking the public debut of Head Coach Scott Frost’s 2018 Huskers.

Tickets were available to the general public on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and were sold out by 11 a.m.

Nebraska football season ticket holders had the first opportunity to purchase spring game tickets on Tuesday. Nearly 60,000 pre-sale tickets were sold.

Some people like Joel Nielsen are pretty upset about the sell out. Nielsen has been waiting years to take his two sons to their first Husker game.

"It's a good game for me to be able to take my kid to. They're 6 and 4 so not really the age where they can appreciate football yet, but it would be a blast to take them to memorial stadium and go down for the drug free pledge at halftime," said Nielsen.

The Nebraska native lives in Iowa but with tickets at only $10 a piece and kids getting in free, Nielsen thought Spring Game would be perfect.

"You know 60,000 tickets were gone in the first day, so it doesn't feel like I got a realistic opportunity to buy tickets to the Spring Game," said Nielsen.

Nielsen isn't the only one upset. After waiting in line at the stadium, or trolling the Nebraska website for hours, many people were left ticket-less and disappointed.

"Unfortunately we've never been in this situation with the spring game, and you know the rest of the country right now is envious of this situation. What we're fortunate to have is the big 10 network as well, carrying the games so Husker fans across the country will be able to watch it," said Diane Mendenhal who works in the Nebraska Athletics ticket department.

The part fans are frustrated about though is those tickets have already hit the re-sale market. Where on places like StubHub the cheapest seat you can find is around $40, for a scrimmage.

"It's a little frustrating to think that opportunity was gobbled up or taken away on Tuesday by season ticket holders who planned on reselling them on the secondary market," said Nielsen.

All individuals entering Memorial Stadium for the spring game will need a ticket.

For each of the past several years, more than 20,000 tickets were sold on the first day of sales, and Nebraska has drawn more than 54,000 fans for every Red-White game since 2004.

UNL students will be admitted for free, but must secure a ticket for admittance.