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 Huskers.com/Tickets or call the Nebraska Athletics Ticket Office at 800-8-BIGRED.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.