Kazakhstan Native Thrilled With First Fan Day Experience

By: Ryan Mix - Email
By: Ryan Mix - Email

While the Huskers will be chasing after a Big Ten Championship this fall, Sasha Vanzandt is chasing after the American dream.

She has lived in America for seven years after growing up in Kazakhstan. This is only her 2nd year in Lincoln, and as you can imagine, seeing Memorial Stadium for the first time was quite the eye opener.

"It's a little surreal, I got to walk around the tunnel walk and that was really cool," Vanzandt said."

Surrounded by some of her favorite Huskers, Sasha says there is no other comparison to anything like this in Kazakhstan.

"I had no clue what the football was before I came and I remember watching football with my husband on TV and I had no clue what was happening, all I could see were lines and people doing the chaotic kind of run."

Sasha jokes she didn't really have any other option than becoming a Husker fan after marrying her husband who's a Nebraska native. Fan day was not only special for Sasha but her whole family, including her two year old son Marcus.

"It'se exciting to show him and watching the games now he'll know where he was on the field, where I talked, the horseshoe that I've touched, he'll remember that stuff and that's pretty special."

After her first experience on the field of Memorial Stadium, the Kazakhstan native, like many others who come to Lincoln, can't get enough of husker football.


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