Nebraska and Akron were scheduled to open the season under the lights of Memorial Stadium, but the weather had different plans. After almost three hours of weather delays, Nebraska postponed the game, and at 10:30 decided to cancel the season opener. This marks the first time since 1943 that a Husker football game has been cancelled.
The Huskers knew the weather could be a factor, and right after the opening kickoff, a bolt of lightning struck within an eight mile radius of the stadium. As the time continued to pass by, the storms continued in intensity and heavy rain picked up at the stadium.
Welcome inside Memorial Stadium right now. @HuskerFBNation pic.twitter.com/w7U1am7YNt— Karthik Venkataraman (@TheSuperKman) September 2, 2018
It was also found out via social media that Akron had already checked out of their hotel and were planning to take a flight back to Ohio after the game tonight. With no hotels available due to the demand of a Husker game, the Zips had no where to stay in case of a delay.
After initial reports came out of Fox that the game had been delayed until Sunday morning, the athletic department said that the information being given by Fox was incorrect. First credit goes out to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Police Department for tweeting that the game was cancelled.
The game against Akron has been canceled and will not be played tomorrow.— UNLPD (@UNLPD) September 2, 2018
No announcement has been made on how the athletic department will handle ticket sales for the Akron game. Nebraska will now open the 2018 season against their rival Colorado next weekend. Kickoff for that game has been set for 2:30.
The game vs. Akron has been cancelled. We will open our season against Colorado next Saturday.— Nebraska Huskers (@Huskers) September 2, 2018
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