Nebraska Volleyball Draws 92,003 Fans; Breaks Women’s Sports Attendance World Record

Nebraska Volleyball Draws 92,003 Fans; Breaks Women’s Sports Attendance World Record

LINCOLN, NE - APRIL 22: General view of the stadium before the arrival of the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on April 22, 2023 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

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The Nebraska women’s volleyball program already has five national championships.

Now it has the attendance record for a women’s sporting event as well.

Nebraska hosted a celebration of volleyball at Memorial Stadium on Wednesday night, which featured an exhibition match between Division II programs Nebraska-Kearney and Wayne State, a concert from country artist Scotty McCreery and a showdown between the Cornhuskers and Omaha.

The program announced that a record-setting 92,003 people were in attendance for the marquee volleyball match:

Nebraska Volleyball @HuskerVB

Husker Nation, you’ve done it.

The WORLD RECORD for a Women’s Sporting Event lives in Lincoln.

Today’s attendance: 9️⃣2️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣3️⃣

There is NO PLACE like Nebraska. pic.twitter.com/lQFguWHyp8

Nebraska Huskers @Huskers

#GBR

that’s all. 🥹

Eric Olson of the Associated Press noted Nebraska was aiming for a crowd that surpassed the following records:

  • 91,648: women’s sporting event record set at the 2022 Champions League soccer match between Barcelona and Wolfsburg at the Camp Nou Stadium
  • 90,185: women’s sporting event in the United States record set at the 1999 World Cup final between the United States and China at the Rose Bowl

While Nebraska’s Memorial Stadium, which is used for the football team, has an official capacity of approximately 85,000, Olson explained more people were able to attend Wednesday because of the seating set up on the field.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Nebraska volleyball playing in front of a stadium-packed 90,000 fans 👀🏟️

(via @BigTenNetwork)pic.twitter.com/XGW8FFh53G

Nebraska Huskers @Huskers

Absolutely incredible.@HuskerVB everyone. pic.twitter.com/rMwoy0Qfln

That it was the Cornhuskers to set this record was fitting since they sold out 306 consecutive regular-season matches and have led the country in attendance every year since 2013.

Prior to the event, All-Big Ten First Team player and Nebraska star Lexi Rodriguez agreed to a Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) contract with adidas.

« I’ve seen first-hand just how committed adidas is to the sport and pushing forward the women’s game, » said Rodriguez. « I’m so proud to officially join the three stripes family and kick off this new chapter of my career in volleyball. »

Nebraska will surely sell out plenty of matches once again this season as they pursue a sixth national championship. Nebraska is ranked No. 4 in the Division I women’s volleyball rankings and behind only Wisconsin, Stanford and Louisville.

Nebraska entered Wednesday’s match with a 3-0 record this season after victories over Utah State, Lipscomb and SMU.

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