Former Nebraska football special teams and defensive coordinator Bill Busch wants you to know that Memorial Stadium isn’t as loud as it gets credit for.
While the Nebraska football program has fallen on some hard times, Husker fans still pride themselves on a couple of traditions. The first of those traditions is the sellout streak. The other tradition that fans of the Cornhuskers pride themselves on is that once Memorial Stadium has been sold out, opponents usually credit it as one of the most challenging places to play because of the crowd noise.
However, Busch would like Nebraska football fans to realize that, on average, he doesn’t think the crowd noise in memorial stadium is all that impressive. In fact, it turns out that he’s heard it get quite a bit louder at stadiums that are quite a bit smaller. Busch made these comments during a recent segment of the morning radio show he co-hosts on 93.7 The Ticket.
The former Nebraska football coach addressed the crowd noise in the midst of a bigger discussion about the possibility of putting a retractable dome on Memorial Stadium. He pointed to a couple of different reasons why he thinks a dome would be a good addition.
“It would be awesome. And you want to recruit and people all of the sudden say, ‘well you got hooo, weather.’ No, we don’t! Watch this button,” Busch said while making the noise of the dome extending over Memorial Stadium. “And also the next thing too is the advantage, even if they would just add-in for the fans over the top, is the advantage of sound. Nebraska, it’s loud … but it’s not ridiculous. It’s not ridiculous. There’s a lot of stadiums that seat 30,000 or less that are way louder.”
Nebraska football fans not that loud?
Certainly Busch comes from a place where he understands how the noise works in Nebraska football’s stadium compared to others. Perhaps he really has noticed the Memorial Stadium doesn’t seem as loud as its given credit for over the years.
Still, it feels like some serious shade to claim that stadiums that have 30,000 or less fans in them are “way louder” than a venue that seats more than 80,000 people on the regular during the football season.
Who knows, maybe Busch is hoping Nebraska football faithful take that as a bit of a challenge this fall.