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Windows in the West Stadium suites at Memorial Stadium were upgraded in the offseason, giving fans nearly unobstructed views of the field.

Upgrades to the windows at Memorial Stadium give Husker football fans in West Stadium suites nearly unobstructed views of the field.

Glass Edge, the company that provided the windows, drew from elements of residential windows and rolling garage doors to provide a clearer, updated view.

Project manager Chad Bloomquist said the completed project is a night-and-day difference for fans.

"We were fighting for every fraction of an inch," Bloomquist said of his work to provide a better viewing experience. "It's a win for us when you go in there and you don't notice the windows. The suites feel much more open now."

The windows provide a bigger opening, and in turn, a larger plane for seeing the playing field.

Bloomquist said that the old suite windows made the suites feel more boxed-in.

"The previous windows used the old awning style," he said. "The windows were 68 inches wide and they would stick out. Ours uses a double-hung style, and can move out of the way without moving outward."

The effect of these new windows is dramatic, Bloomquist said.

"We used low-profile framing. The vertical frames went from 8 or 9 inches to 4," said Bloomquist, who did some of his research using the 3D scanner at Nebraska Innovation Studio. "This gives a much more open, clean feeling as you step back into the suite and look out toward the field."

The windows, in spite of their large size, can now be opened with two fingers, and will also cost less to maintain.

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