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Opening Night with Husker Hoops Returns for 2021-22 Season

September 01, 2021

Opening Night for Nebraska’s basketball programs is back after a one-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic-altered season.

Nebraska fans will get their first look at the men’s and women’s basketball teams — and enjoy a concert from Chicago-based rapper G Herbo — on Oct. 1 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The event is free to the public.

“We are excited to welcome our fans back to Pinnacle Bank Arena this season, and Opening Night gives them a chance to see us scrimmage and to see the personalities of our players,” men’s basketball coach Fred Hoiberg said in a release. “For our players, it is their first opportunity to play in front of our great fans and that should make for a fun evening.”

The event will include introductions for both the men’s and women’s teams, comments from Hoiberg and Amy Williams, a scrimmage by the men and more. G Herbo will take the stage following the scrimmage.

G Herbo’s last two studio albums, “PTSD” and “25,” both reached the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200.

The men’s team returns six scholarship players from last year and adds a top-20 recruiting class heading by 5-star guard Bryce McGowens. The Huskers also added three transfers and Fred Hoiberg’s son, Sam, joined the program as a walk-on.

The women’s team returns 11 players from last year’s team led by Sam Haiby and Isabelle Bourne. Amy Williams also signed a talented recruiting class including a pair of in-state products in Lincoln Pius X center Alexis Markowski and Humphrey St. Francis guard Allison Weidner. Nebraska also added Oregon transfer Jaz Shelley.

Fans can begin registering for lower-bowl tickets on Sept. 8 at noon CT with a limit of four general admission tickets per individual. A limited number of 300-level season tickets will also go on sale Sept. 8 as well at a cost of $168 each for the 21-game home slate. To purchase, visit or call the Nebraska Athletics Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED.

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