8 things you need to know for game day

Monday, September 5, 2022 8 things you need to know for game day

Students cheer on the Huskers at the watch party held on August 27, 2022.

Football season is back! Whether you’re a new student wondering what you need to know or a repeat season ticket holder wondering if anything has changed, we’ve got you covered with 8 things you need to know for game day.

Check Your Parking – If you park your car on campus, pay attention to the lot you park in as there have been some changes to event parking on game days. Students with residential parking permits need to display an event sticker. If you’re concerned about getting ticketed or towed on game day, check with Parking Services for more information.

Student Tailgates – Check out the tailgates open to students on campus. There will be a student tailgate area north of the Nebraska Union. Also, Big Red Resilience and Well-being is hosting three Sober Tailgates, and many academic colleges hold their own tailgates as well.

Prepare for the Weather – When it comes to weather in Nebraska, you never know what you might get. Be sure to check the weather ahead of time and prepare appropriately. In September, game days usually are still hot so make sure to sunscreen up – and if it’s 90 degrees, leave the cute shacket or warm coat at home. When the temperatures drop in the fall, make the switch from shorts to layers to stay warm.

Hydrate – On hot game days, be sure to drink lots of water throughout the day. This is extra important if you choose to drink alcohol as it will dehydrate you faster, making it extra important to replenish your fluids.

Practice Alcohol Safety – If you choose to drink alcohol, use alcohol safety strategies to lower your risk. Drink lots of water and eat a protein-heavy meal before drinking. Keep track of the amount of alcohol you have consumed throughout the day and alternate with non-alcohol beverages.

Clear Bag Policy – If you’re planning to attend the football game, make sure you have an approved clear bag and are following the Nebraska Athletics policies. Nothing is a bigger bummer than being forced to throw out your belongings or having to miss the kickoff to return them to the car.

Keep Buildings Safe – Game days bring an exciting atmosphere to campus with students, alumni, and community members coming together to support the Huskers. However, it’s extra important to ensure you pay close attention to your surroundings to help keep the UNL community safe. Do not prop doors to the residence halls open or allow people to “piggyback” in behind you without swiping their card. If you exit a door that is supposed to be locked, be sure it closes and latches behind you.

Be a Good Neighbor – If you are hosting a watch party, make sure to be conscious of your neighbors. Whether you are in your residence hall room or getting together at a friend’s home, be mindful of the noise level of your gathering and pick up all trash as soon as it ends.

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