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Heat Hits NU Fans Hard

September 2, 2000

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ As many as 300 people were treated for heat exposure during Nebraska’s season opener Saturday, when temperatures in the stands reached 100 degrees.

Kevin Hergott, Red Cross coordinator for Memorial Stadium, estimated 250-300 people came in for treatment after sitting in the stands with the sun bearing down on them. Two people were taken to hospitals, he said. Their conditions were not known.

``It is typical heat stuff. People get hot and dizzy. A few have fainted or fallen from their seats,″ said Jennie Burainek, a Red Cross volunteer who was working at the southwest corner of the stadium. ``We try to calm people down and get their body temps down. We use iced towels and a lot of cool water.″

Volunteers didn’t see anybody get sick because of the heat and alcohol, which she attributed to the 11:30 a.m. CDT start. Non-televised games at Nebraska usually start at 12:30 p.m., but the athletic department chose the early start in part because of the heat and also the Nebraska State Fair, which also is going on in Lincoln.

As hot as it was in the stands, it was about 20 degrees hotter on the artificial turf where Saturday’s game, won by Nebraska over San Jose State 49-13, was being played.

``I’m from Mississippi and that heat kind of got to me,″ Nebraska running back Correll Buckhalter said. ``When I made a run that was kind of long it was hard to catch my breath. I had to pull up my shoulder pads to breathe.″

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