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Two weeks ago, I made a note on Flakes about a big Memorial Stadium survey going out to Husker fans. It seems like some of the demands in that survey are already being fulfilled....wider seats. What’s next? Alcohol in the stadium? New audio and sound system? More air cannons pelting fans with Runzas? Let’s keep this streak going!

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“Seat comfort is very obvious and important,” Alberts said of changes that can be made quickly. “… In the end zones, the average width is 18 inches. We’ll immediately expand those to at least 20 inches or more. What we’re going to have to do is, we’ve got a lot of rows with 27 seats. We might reduce them to 24.”

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