Students and businesses do without Husker football


Memorial Stadium was quiet this Saturday, leaving some students wondering what to do.”We’re just walking around campus just trying to make up for what’s lost today,” said University of Nebraska, Lincoln freshman Kaden Grabenstein.Some local shop owners are feeling the same way.”Normally there’s a lot more people running around all excited about go-big-red,” say Mike Mertens. He’s the father of Bethany Mertens who runs ‘Olly Ox’ at the Lincoln Farmer’s Market.”We’re about at a third less than we would’ve been on a normal game day,” says Mertens, “We normally sell more of the Nebraska stuff.”He says game day merchandise is no longer his best seller.”We’re doing the fall colors and that kind of stuff because that’s what sells more right now,” Mertens says. The general manager of “Best of Big Red,” Joey Rupp, has a similar story. “Normally on a regular game day we have wall to wall people that are just coming in back and forth. We’ve had some really good rushes today, nothing compared to what it normally is on a regular game day,” says Rupp.She says they depend on football and volleyball seasons. “A lot of our revenue comes from those couple months where we make enough to pay for all the new stuff we have coming in,” Rupp says.However, she says the Haymarket has been busy and she’s not giving up hope. I’m hoping that maybe there is going to be a bit of football in October like they talked about,” says Rupp, “If not, I’m still holding out hope that there’s something in spring.”

Memorial Stadium was quiet this Saturday, leaving some students wondering what to do.

“We’re just walking around campus just trying to make up for what’s lost today,” said University of Nebraska, Lincoln freshman Kaden Grabenstein.

Some local shop owners are feeling the same way.

“Normally there’s a lot more people running around all excited about go-big-red,” say Mike Mertens. He’s the father of Bethany Mertens who runs ‘Olly Ox’ at the Lincoln Farmer’s Market.

“We’re about at a third less than we would’ve been on a normal game day,” says Mertens, “We normally sell more of the Nebraska stuff.”

He says game day merchandise is no longer his best seller.

“We’re doing the fall colors and that kind of stuff because that’s what sells more right now,” Mertens says.

The general manager of “Best of Big Red,” Joey Rupp, has a similar story.

“Normally on a regular game day we have wall to wall people that are just coming in back and forth. We’ve had some really good rushes today, nothing compared to what it normally is on a regular game day,” says Rupp.

She says they depend on football and volleyball seasons.

“A lot of our revenue comes from those couple months where we make enough to pay for all the new stuff we have coming in,” Rupp says.

However, she says the Haymarket has been busy and she’s not giving up hope.

I’m hoping that maybe there is going to be a bit of football in October like they talked about,” says Rupp, “If not, I’m still holding out hope that there’s something in spring.”



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