(Lincoln, NE) -- When the Husker football team takes the field this Saturday against Buffalo, it could be the hottest day a game has ever been played at Memorial Stadium.
As of Thursday afternoon, WOWT meteorologists are forecasting a kickoff temperature of 98 degrees in Lincoln at 2:30 Saturday afternoon when Nebraska and Buffalo begin play, breaking the current known Memorial Stadium record. WOWT reports that they reached out to the Husker athletic department and learned that their records for kickoff temperatures only go back to 1985. The highest temperature for a kickoff at Memorial Stadium since then has been 93, a mark that has been reached three times.
The Huskers opened the season in Champaign, Illinois with high temperatures as well when they lost to the Fighting Illini. Head coach Scott Frost says the team dealt with the heat well and had no issues related to cramping or dehydration. “I didn’t think that was a factor for us in game one. We’ve got to make sure and hydrate and do everything we can to get ready. It’s good that we have more depth than we’ve had before so we can get more guys in.”
Although Frost didn't think the heat affected the team's play in game one, he said they will be making some adjustments before the game to make sure his players are good to go in the heat. “We’re going to adjust warmups a little bit, make sure we don’t spend too much before the game. We’ve got the guys as prepped for that as we possibly can.”
Fans attending the game will be able to bring in a water bottle, to help beat the heat.