Nebraska's virtual spring game draws more than a half-million viewers
There’s a reason Nebraska is still considered one of the premier college football programs in the country. Even though the Huskers have fallen on some hard times recently, fans of the Big Red continue to show incredible support for the team.
Even if that team is virtual.
Last Saturday was supposed to be reserved for the annual Red-White Game at Memorial Stadium, an event that Nebraska fans look forward to from the moment the previous season ends. It’s an event that reaches near capacity every year, and provides a glimpse into the upcoming campaign for the Huskers.
Nebraska was forced to cancel its annual spring game due to the coronavirus pandemic, just like everyone else. But that didn’t stop the program from having some sort of football over the weekend. The football program conducted a simulated video game version of the Red-White Game, featuring “Husker legends” of all generations.
Fans loved it.
According to Nebraska’s athletic department, the virtual game received 525,740 views across Facebook, Twitter and Twitch accounts — where the game was live-streamed. There were also 281,350 unique viewers for the broadcast.
The White defeated The Red 63-60 in overtime after overcoming a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter.
It was a unique idea from the Nebraska’s football program and athletic department, and clearly the fans appreciated it. Those who watched got to see an pretty interesting game, too.