NU-OSU watch party set for Memorial Stadium

2012-10-04T22:00:00Z NU-OSU watch party set for Memorial StadiumBy JORDAN PASCALE / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

University of Nebraska-Lincoln students will get to watch Saturday's football game against Ohio State on the largest TV in the state.

For the third time, Campus Nightlife, a student organization aimed at giving students an alcohol-free night out, will host a Husker watch party in Memorial Stadium with the game on the big screen. The game starts at 7 p.m.

The event is only for UNL students, staff and faculty and is free with a valid N Card.

Students get free food at halftime and can enjoy inflatable games and toss the football on the storied turf.

Reshell Ray, associate director for student involvement, said the watch party draws a diverse crowd for one of Nebraska's most popular pastimes.

They had hosted the event in the Coliseum, but one year during planning, someone facetiously threw out the idea to have it in Memorial Stadium.

It didn't hurt to ask.

After writing a letter to the Athletic Department, they were given access to the stadium and have had 1,000 and 1,200 students the past two years.

This year, they hope to attract 1,500.

The Campus Nightlife group is made up of 15 students who help to plan the events along with the William H. Thompson scholars, Association of College Religious Workers, the UNL Parents Association, the "Iron N" student section and the Dairy Store.

They also host comedians, cooking competitions and carnivals to give students alternatives to drinking.

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