Nebraska volleyball is set to shatter the record for attendance at a women’s college sporting event after selling out Memorial Stadium, a football stadium with 82,900 available seats.
The school announced Thursday that every single one of those seats had a ticket sold in the 48 hours since they went on sale. That number could climb higher, as it does not account for indoor club-level and field-level seating that will be made available for students.
This is going to be B1G.@Huskervball has officially sold out a #NCAAWVB game in 48 hours. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/5u8Aqkv9dg— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) April 27, 2023
This is going to be B1G.@Huskervball has officially sold out a #NCAAWVB game in 48 hours. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/5u8Aqkv9dg
Volleyball Day in Nebraska is scheduled to take place on Aug. 30 and include the historic match. The five-time NCAA champion Huskers will play Nebraska-Omaha in a regular-season opener.
The event was designed to break the attendance record for an NCAA volleyball match, previously set at 18,755 when Nebraska played Wisconsin for the national title in 2021.
Wisconsin currently owns the regular-season NCAA volleyball attendance record of 16,833 fans, set last year in a match against Florida.
“The attendance record for volleyball belongs to the state of Nebraska,” athletic director Trev Alberts said in February, when Volleyball Day in Nebraska was first announced. “And I wanna hope that the number is large enough that nobody dares even try to attack our all-time record.
“We knew the interest in this match would be extremely high, but to sell out Memorial Stadium is truly remarkable.”
The final figure could approach the record for a women’s sporting event in the United States. That record still stands from the 1999 Women’s World Cup, when 90,185 fans attended the final between the U.S. women’s national team and China.
Barcelona set the global women’s attendance record last year, with 91,553 fans attending a Champions League quarterfinal match against Real Madrid at Camp Nou.
“To sell out more than 80,000 tickets already, it’s unreal,” said Nebraska head coach John Cook. “Our team was already pumped up about Volleyball Day in Nebraska, but now I can’t even imagine how excited they are going to be. It’s epic.”