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NU athletics projects shortfall up to $100 million, provides season ticket holders options in letter
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NU athletics projects shortfall up to $100 million, provides season ticket holders options in letter

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Football Facility, 9.27

Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos addresses the crowd assembled for the announcement of the Huskers' new football facility Sept. 27, 2019, at the East Stadium Plaza.

The Nebraska athletic department is preparing for a revenue shortfall of at least $40 million, and up to $100 million, Bill Moos wrote Friday in a letter to football season ticket holders.

Moos, the Husker athletic director, said in the letter that capacity decisions for football games at Memorial Stadium will be finalized later this month, but the athletic department is waiving its no-refund policy because it knows some people will not feel comfortable attending games because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

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There are three options for ticket holders who don't wish to attend games this season: 

* Convert their 2020 payment into a credit for the 2021 football season, with an incentive of receiving up to 30 priority points for purchasing tickets to future bowl games or to road games from Nebraska's allotment

* Request a full refund, but retaining the opportunity to renew tickets for 2021 

* Donate their 2020 payment to the new "Day-by-Day" campaign, which aims to "help offset the financial hardship" caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the letter. 

"If you are not in a position to make a financial commitment, or need to opt out of your tickets this year, I ask that you consider a 100% tax-deductible donation to the Huskers Athletic Fund at a level that is financially feasible for you," Moos wrote. 

Nebraska's first home game is set for Sept. 12 against Illinois, and the Huskers' 10-game schedule features five home games rather than the original seven. 

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"Capacity recommendations will be provided to Athletics later this month and reviewed throughout the season," Moos said. "Physical distancing to achieve recommended capacity in the seating areas may require a reduction in season ticket quantities to accommodate as many accounts as possible.

"Communication on capacity and safety guidelines will be delivered no less than two weeks prior to the first home game." 

Contact the writer at pgabriel@journalstar.com or 402-473-7439. On Twitter @HuskerExtraPG.

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Parker joined the Journal Star as the University of Nebraska football beat writer in August 2017. He previously covered Montana State athletics for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 2012.

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