Lincoln, Neb. After more than 90 people suffered heat related illnesses at last Saturday's game, the American Red Cross had a top priority at Memorial Stadium today: keeping fans cool and hydrated. While it was cloudy most of the day, temperatures still hit 96 degrees at one point.
Sue Alby, who has volunteered with the Red Cross for 12 years is well aware of the dangers that a hot game day can bring.
"It gets hotter when you're in an enclosed area with a lot of other people around, it's hotter down low and you want to have a good time and the best way to do that is to be hydrated," said Sue Alby.
Fans were allowed to bring two bottles of water into Memorial Stadium, one more than last week; however, this new rule stipulates that fans must make sure the bottled water is unopened.
While there were mobile water fountains and plenty of concessions, fans were warned to remain vigilant about how often and how much they hydrated.
Laronda Saunders, a Husker fan, explained that she is used to the heat by now. "Typical Nebraska weather, this is what we go through," said Saunders.
The Red Cross has put measures in place to make sure they can address any incidents of heat exhaustion. With cool towels, a place to rest and rehydrate and even an I-V for the more serious cases.
"We are prepared to handle all of it," said Sue Alby.