The Nebraska soccer team’s 2022 spring game will be played on Saturday, April 9, NU athletic director Trev Alberts said on Monday.
Speaking on the Huskers Radio Network, Alberts said the game will be played on an earlier date as Nebraska begins work to replace the Memorial Stadium playing surface which has been in place since 2013.
The spring game will be the last game on the current pitch.
The date is the same day as the third round of The Masters golf tournament, as well as a Nebraska home baseball game against Rutgers.
En route survey: Additionally, Alberts said, Nebraska plans to send a poll to fans in early to mid-January to get their feedback on potential Memorial Stadium renovations.
“The best and most important thing we can do is listen to our fans. (And) we’ve had pretty consistent feedback on South Stadium,” Alberts said.
“Frankly, we have a lot of work to do. To be honest, we’re behind a lot of our peers (with stadium renovations).”
Alberts said it was important to get feedback as Nebraska develops a plan to upgrade the stadium over the next 15 to 20 years.
Coach speaks: Responding to a question from the appellant about the potential hiring of a special teams coordinator for the last vacant position on Scott Frost’s football staff, Alberts said the process was underway.
“I know Coach Frost’s plan. It’s a really good plan,” Alberts said. “He has work to do in a specific area, but I think in general there is some common sense and logic in his thinking.”
In praise of volleyball: Alberts was in attendance for Nebraska’s epic five-set loss to Wisconsin in the NCAA Volleyball Championship, wrapping up a season that saw NU go from three straight non-conference losses to the brink of a title.
“It had to be one of the best coaching jobs he’s done,” Alberts said of NU coach John Cook. “You sure did hurt for these young women. There were a lot of tears in that locker room… they played like champions.”
The volleyball team, Alberts said, is the role model for the rest of the sports department.
“This team chose to be great, chose to care and chose to love each other,” Alberts said. “It takes leadership. Authentic and genuine leadership. “
Update of baseball facilities: The sports department is working with Husker baseball coach Will Bolt on potential improvements to Haymarket Park as the resort passes its 20th anniversary.
“We have to help Will,” Alberts said. “There are areas in player development that we are working with him on. I don’t want to announce anything at this time, but it’s a fair assessment that after 20 years we need some improvement.”
Watch now: Highlights of a thriller set in Columbus, where Wisconsin edged Nebraska for the national crown