DM What is a typical game day like for you and your
AS We usually arrive at the stadium one hour prior
to kickoff. That is approximately the first time that the Huskers
come out onto the field for warm ups. They have 4 to 5 groups and
they come out in bunches. At that point we stretch a rope from the
locker room doors to the gates onto the field and we assist getting
the players on the field without any obstruction.
DM So the rope goes up and down to accomodate the
players access to the field?
AS It goes up and down whenever a group of players
come on and off the field. We have a stairwell that is located in
the southwest corner of the end zone and we have to allow fans access
to get to their seats. We have a person that sits right at the locker
room doors and when she sees someone coming up she notifies the rest
of the crew.
DM Are all the crew members employees?
AS No, we are all volunteers. We are not paid for
what we do. All of us are just Nebraska fans.
DM So I guess your pay is getting into the game?
AS Yes, we get into the games.
DM How long have you been doing this?
AS I have been doing this for 19 years. I've been
the supervisor for about 10 years. The very first game that I worked
was the 1985 Florida State game.
DM Do they have a separate crew for the visiting
team at the north end zone?
AS Yes, there is. During these next two seasons
the visitors will be dressing in the south east corner of the stadium
so that crew will become part of the south crew.
DM Will there ever be a time when both teams come
out at the same time?
AS I don't know the logisics of that. I haven't
been told the times they are coming out. I seriously doubt it. The
visiting team will be coming out of the southeast corner of the end
zone and cross over to the west sideline. The Huskers will be coming
out of the southwest corner just like they always have and cross the
field going to the east side. Once they have the lockers in the north
end zone expansion done the Huskers will move to the north side. The
visiting team will then dress in the Huskers old locker room.
DM Do you have a particular game memory?
AS It would have to be the 1997 Oklahoma game when
Coach Osborne got his 250th win. We were part of the select few that
were informed that there was going to be a fireworks display after
DM When they come out for the tunnel walk how many
fans come down to greet the players when the come out onto the field?
AS I would estimate 4 to 5 hundred. The entire length
of the rope is lined 3 to 4 deep. That's pretty much a normal day.
For the rivalry teams like Colorado and Oklahoma I would say it is
6 to 7 hundred. Everybody is always enthusiastic when they come out.
It's nice to hear.
DM Do you ever get tired of hearing the tunnel walk?
AS Not really. It still sends chills up and down
my spine when I hear it. It has become part of the Nebraska tradition
and we can look for better things to come in the future.
DM Is there much turn over in the members of your
AS There are about a dozen of them that have been
there 15 years plus. There is some turnover because of the fact that
we have to show up every Saturday. We have a turnover of about 3 to
4 a year for one reason or another.
DM Is there anything that you would like to add
that I haven't asked?
AS For the fans in the southwest corner of the end
zone I would ask that they be patient while we get the teams on and
off the field. One of our biggest concerns is that people tend to
arrive late and want to get right to their seat and sometimes that's
just not possible. They would be better to get an early start of be
prepared to wait for the team.
DM Alan, thank you for taking the time for this
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