The United States of America has a long sporting history at the world level. But, in this sporting geography volleyball has never taken centre stage amongst the Americans. However, the performance of the national team in both men’s and women’s categories has seen a resurgence in the viewership of the sport. Added to that, a new record has been created recently in the volleyball stadium of Nebraska. In a college volleyball match between Nebraska and Omaha, there were 92,003 spectators on Wednesday. As Nebraska’s fight song began, “There is no place like Nebraska” swarms of supporters came down to support their respective teams in a college volleyball match.
What is the record that stunned the netizens?
The Cornhuskers laid claim to the world record for the largest attendance at a women’s sporting event. Around 92,003 spectators filled the Memorial Stadium for their volleyball match against Omaha. The university took aim at the record last spring when it announced it would hold a daylong celebration of a sport that enjoys immense popularity in this state of fewer than 2 million. Nebraska’s coach remarked, “We took a chance by playing in Memorial Stadium, and to go for the record and break it.”
The event began with an exhibition between in-state Division II powers Nebraska-Kearney and Wayne State. That was followed by the Huskers’ three-set sweep of Omaha in a regular-season match. Afterwards, country artist Scotty McCreery performed in this record-breaking match. The previous record number of spectators was set during a Champions League match between heavyweights Barcelona and Real Madrid. Memorial Stadium’s official capacity is just over 85,000 for football. However, that number was higher for this event because there were seats and standing room on the field.
Nebraska’s recent volleyball performances
Nebraska has sold out 306 consecutive regular-season matches. The Huskers have led the nation in attendance every season since 2013, and eight of the top nine crowds in NCAA volleyball history are matches that have involved Nebraska. Nebraska has won five national championships in volleyball. Its program is one of the few in Division I women’s sports that turned in a huge profit. The Huskers were able to generate $1 million last year. About 7,000 girls play high school volleyball in the state. Volleyball has been played in varying forms in Nebraska since the early 1900s. For many years, girls volleyball matches were warmup acts for boys basketball games.
Volleyball became a sanctioned sport in 1972 and took off in the late 1970s when Pettit invited many of the state’s high school coaches to work at his camps in Lincoln. To conclude, it’s safe to say that volleyball has surpassed basketball as the No. 1 girls’ high school team sport in the United States. But locals have the opinion that it’s long been No. 1 in Nebraska.
To know more volleyball stats, you can read here:
- Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship Stats: List of all past winners
- Men’s European Volleyball Championship Stats: Nations that have dominated the event
- Men’s European Volleyball Championship Stats: List of past winners
- FIVB Volleyball Women’s U21 World Championship Stats: List of past winners