First round of free Husker spring game tickets goes quickly
The Husker Red and White Spring Game is fast approaching and tickets for the 86,000-seat stadium have already sold out.
3,000 of those tickets were set aside for a local bank to give away.
First National Bank gave up to four free tickets to veterans and military personnel.
Bank president John Hoggatt expected lines out the door Friday morning, and that's exactly what happened.
"I think there's a new energy with Husker Nation now, and the product on the field, they're excited to see what's going to happen, and the new offensive scheme, and having a home town state hero come back, brings that excitement to Husker Nation," Hoggatt said.
Many veterans and military personnel lined up bright and early to make sure they picked up their tickets at the Kearney and Grand Island locations.
"Hopefully we'll be able to serve as many as possible," Hoggatt said. "I do anticipate using our full allocation in this Grand Island, Kearney area. So I'm excited about it. Don't know if we'll get everybody served, I hope we can serve as many as possible but it will be kind of a first come- first served event."
In fact, their Kearney location's tickets were gone in minutes, with some of their doors opening a little earlier than usual.
"With a valid military I.D., we're gonna do it in the lobbies and not the drive-thrus, we don't want to congest the drive-thrus. So come on in to 39th Atreet, or 2nd Avenue, or South Locust locations in Grand Island as well as Kearney," Hoggatt said.
Hoggatt is close to the veteran community - his son is currently serving in the Army and has toured three times.
Hoggatt thinks this is a great way to connect with those who have served.
"We're looking forward to giving back to that specific community," Hoggatt said. "Military veterans and active duty families, so that's a great way for us to say thank you and with a sold out event it'll probably make it a little more exciting."
Hoggatt said he sees real pride and support in the local communities for our veteran and military members.
If you missed the first round of tickets, they'll be giving out more on Feb. 16.