8 things you need to know for game day

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

Soccer 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, please pay attention to the parking lot you park in, as there have been some changes to event parking on game days. Students with residential parking permits must display an event sticker. If you are concerned about getting ticketed or towed on game day, please check with Parking Services for more information.

student tailgates – Check out the back doors open for students on campus. There will be a tailgate area for students north of the Nebraska Junction. Additionally, Big Red Resilience and Well-being is hosting three Sober Tailgates, and many academic universities also have their own tailgates.

prepare for the weather – When it comes to the weather in Nebraska, you never know what can happen. Be sure to check the weather ahead of time and prepare accordingly. In September, game days are usually still hot, so be sure to put on sunscreen and if it’s 90 degrees, leave the nice jacket or warm coat at home. When temperatures drop in the fall, switch from shorts to layers to stay warm.

Hydrate – On hot game days, be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day. This is very important if you choose to drink alcohol as it will dehydrate you faster so replenishing your fluids is very important.

Practice alcohol safety – If you choose to drink alcohol, use alcohol safety strategies to reduce your risk. Drink plenty of water and eat a protein-rich meal before drinking. Keep track of how much alcohol you have consumed throughout the day and alternate with non-alcoholic drinks.

Clear Bag Policy – If you plan to attend the football game, make sure you have an approved clear bag and follow Nebraska Athletics policies. There’s nothing more annoying than being forced to drop your belongings or having to miss the kickoff to get them back in 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 is very important to make sure you pay close attention to your surroundings to help keep the UNL community safe. Do not leave the doors of the student residences open or allow people to enter behind you without swiping the card. If you exit through a door that is supposed to be locked, make sure it closes and locks behind you.

be a good neighbor – If you are hosting a watch party, make sure you are aware of your neighbors. Whether you’re in your dorm room or at a friend’s house, be aware of the noise level of your gathering and pick up all trash as soon as it’s over.

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