With the extreme heat hitting Nebraska not expected to recede anytime soon, University of Nebraska- Lincoln officials are urging fans to protect themselves from the high temps when out at Memorial Stadium on Saturday for the season-opening football game.
The Huskers will kick off the season at 7 p.m. against the University of Wyoming. Stadium gates open at 5:30 p.m. -- when forecasts are predicting the heat index to be at 103 degrees.
In order to avoid possible dangerous effects of the high temps, officials are asking fans to drink lots of water, avoiding alcohol and sugar-laden drinks; try to stay in shady areas whenever possible; avoid very cold drinks which could cause stomach cramps; snack regularly instead of eating heavy meals; and wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
Health officials advise that risk factors are greater for infants and young children, people 65 and older, and those who are ill, especially those with heart disease or high blood pressure.
Water fountains are located on the main concourses, and two large, portable water fountains also will be added Saturday at either end of the stadium. Fans also will be allowed to bring commercial bottled water containers of up to 20 ounces into the stadium.
Emergency medical services will also be available around the stadium. Individuals in need of assistance should contact Red Cross volunteers, Boy Scout volunteers or stadium security.