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Source: Husker baseball, softball prepared to host fans... if Big Ten gives the green light
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Source: Husker baseball, softball prepared to host fans... if Big Ten gives the green light

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Jaxon Hallmark and the Nebraska baseball team could potentially be playing in front of fans soon if NU gets the OK from the Big Ten Conference.

Steven M. Sipple and Parker Gabriel scramble a late Friday podcast to revisit the news of the day: That Nebraska considered backing out of a Sept. 18 game at Oklahoma -- AD Bill Moos said NU explored the option of playing an eighth home game because of COVID-19's steep financial toll -- but ultimately ended up where it started. The Huskers and Sooners will play this fall. That's great. The rest is less simple. 

The Nebraska baseball and softball teams are prepared to host fans at Haymarket Park and Bowlin Stadium as soon as this weekend should the Big Ten give the OK, a source told the Journal Star Monday.

The news comes after Purdue announced Monday morning it would allow 50% capacity at home games for baseball and softball beginning Friday. 

Husker baseball and softball are both scheduled to play their home openers Friday. The NU baseball team is set to host Minnesota at 2 p.m. at Haymarket Park, while the softball program will face Penn State at 5:30 p.m. at Bowlin Stadium.

Both series are scheduled to be four games, running Friday through Sunday.

A source within the baseball program told the Journal Star the team has yet to hear if fans will be allowed.

However, the wheels are at least in motion for Nebraska to have the capability, should it get the go-ahead from the Big Ten.

Haymarket Park, with its combination of chair back seats and berms, can hold approximately 8,400 fans while Bowlin Stadium can hold up to 2,500 fans. 

The numbers would obviously be far less this spring, if approved. But the opportunity at least exists for fans to return to a Husker sporting event for the first time since March 11 of 2020, when 3,909 attended Nebraska baseball's 8-1 win over Northern Colorado at Haymarket Park.

It appears unlikely fans would be allowed to use the suites at Haymarket Park. Purdue, for example is allowing outdoor-only seating "due to operational needs," making the suites at the Boilermakers' baseball complex unavailable to the public.

The Boilermakers will make approximately 500 tickets available for baseball games and about 200 available for softball.

Contact the writer at cbasnett@journalstar.com or 402-473-7436. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker men's basketball/baseball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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