New-look Tunnel Walk makes debut Saturday night; what we know and what’s still a surprise

August 31, 2018

New red carpet for the 2018 tunnel walk at Memorial Stadium.

Nebraska’s Tunnel Walk, like its football program, received an offseason makeover.

Both head coach Scott Frost and an updated version of the program’s famed pregame entrance to the field will make debuts Saturday night against Akron.

What exactly is in store for the new-look team entrance, in the past set to The Alan Parsons Project’s “Sirius” as the team makes its way out of the locker room, across the North Stadium end zone concourse past scores of fans and out the northwest tunnel on to the field?

Well, there will be something of a surprise element. But both Frost and NU athletic director Bill Moos are excited.

“There will be pieces of the Tunnel Walk that will be traditional and have been part of our history through many, many years,” Moos said Thursday. “Then there will be some things that might be more appealing to the 18-, 19-, 20-year-old player. I think it will be a tasteful combination.

“I, of course, haven’t seen it yet, so it will be my first time, too.”

Pictures of the tunnel circulating on the internet show the face of the tunnel flanked with video screens instead of a stone façade, and it appears many of the pillars between the locker room and the tunnel have been outfitted with some other form of equipment, too. There’s also new red carpeting and what looks like a big black gate with a red “N” in the center that closes across the entire tunnel.

HuskerVision, the athletic department’s video operation, has had time to plan for the opening salvo of the Frost era.

Beyond that, we’ll all just have to wait and see. Regardless, Frost expects a jolt of energy right around 7 p.m.

“I don’t think you can help that,” he said Thursday. “If HuskerVision is doing their job, I’m going to be jacked up.”

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