Nebraska Football Moves Annual Spring Game Online

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The University of Nebraska is taking its popular spring football game online.

The Big Ten program in Lincoln, Neb., announced Monday that it will stream a video game simulation of the annual Red-White Spring Game on Nebraska football’s Facebook, Twitter and Twitch accounts. The online event will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday.

While the spring game typically previews the following season, Nebraska’s virtual game will use the program’s history to create entertainment. The virtual rosters will be made up of Nebraska football legends, while the game will use audio from the Learfield IMG College/Husker Sports radio network.

Nebraska is hoping to build a game-day atmosphere by encouraging fans to use #GBRUnited to show their Nebraska gear, signs and support for “the resilient people, businesses, organizations, foundations and first responders in the Heartland who are taking risks each day to keep Nebraska safe, healthy and strong.”

According to the Associated Press, all 39 spring games that were scheduled this week have been canceled. The 2019 Nebraska spring game reportedly generated about $1 million in ticket sales and concessions.

The University of Georgia is also hosting a virtual event Saturday. While the SEC Network broadcasts the 2019 game between the Bulldogs and Notre Dame, Georgia head coach Kirby Smart will live-tweet his commentary and the radio crew of Scott Howard, Eric Zeier and Chuck Dowdle will broadcast on Facebook Live.

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