NU aiming to set attendance world record during volleyball showcase at Memorial Stadium
LINCOLN - The University of Nebraska has its sights set on a world record after selling out all of the nearly 83,000 tickets to a collegiate outdoor volleyball showcase at Memorial Stadium.
Tickets to "Volleyball Day in Nebraska," which will feature a regular-season match between the Huskers and the University of Nebraska-Omaha, in addition to an exhibition between in-state programs Wayne State College and the University of Nebraska-Kearney, sold out last week within 48 hours of becoming available.
The amount of tickets sold will lead to shattering the previous NCAA volleyball match attendance record, which was set on Dec. 18, 2021 when 18,755 fans watched Nebraska play Wisconsin in the NCAA Championship at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
"This is a Taylor Swift concert moment for women's sports," NU President Ted Carter said. "[I] couldn't be more excited."
Now, after seeing what could've been thought of as a crazy idea come to fruition, NU leadership is looking into how they can pack even more volleyball fans into Memorial Stadium to witness the historic event on Aug. 30.
Carter said all options are being explored, which could include additional temporary seating as well making standing room only spaces available on the field.
"If you don't have a ticket, and still want to attend, pay attention," Carter added. "The world and U.S. record for attendance for a women's sporting event is definitely in jeopardy."
According to NU's athletics website, the biggest crowd to attend a women's sporting event in the U.S. was 90,185 for the 1999 Women's World Cup Final between USA and China.
The world record for attendance of a women's sporting event is 91,648. The record was set in April of 2022 during a soccer match in Spain between Barcelona and Wolfsburg.
Volleyball Day in Nebraska will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 30 with the exhibition between UNK and Wayne State being played at 4:30 p.m. NU's game against UNO will follow at 7 p.m.