September 29, 2023
The National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum has unveiled a licensed, limited-edition bobblehead commemorating the record-setting Volleyball Day that took place Aug. 30, 2023 at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Neb. The bobblehead features University of Nebraska mascot, Herbie Husker, holding a volleyball while standing on a volleyball court inside a replica of Memorial Stadium. The bobblehead is produced exclusively by the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, an official licensee of the University of Nebraska.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball team faced off against Omaha as part of Volleyball Day in Nebraska in front of 92,003 fans, which set a world record for attendance at a women’s sporting event. The event began with an exhibition match between in-state Division II powers, Nebraska-Kearney and Wayne State. The Cornhuskers are ranked No. 2 in the nation with an undefeated 11-0 record. The previous record of 91,648 was set during a Champions League soccer match when Barcelona defeated Real Madrid, 5-2, at Camp Nou Stadium in 2022.
The smiling Herbie Husker bobblehead holds a Nebraska volleyball and wears his trademark denim overalls and red cowboy hat, both featuring the Nebraska logo. The stadium base includes the date, record-breaking attendance total and “World Record Attendance for Women’s Sporting Event.” The bobbleheads, individually numbered to 2,023, are only available online at Store.bobbleheadhall.com and are expected to ship in January.
On Volleyball Day, Nebraska swept Omaha, 25-14, 25-14, 25-13, but it was Husker Nation who stole the show as the largest crowd in the 100-year history of Memorial Stadium. The event was followed by a performance by country artist, Scotty McCreery.
“We took a chance by playing in Memorial Stadium, and to go for the record and break it,” says John Cook, Nebraska coach. “I don’t think anybody could have envisioned that when this whole thing started.”
Memorial Stadium’s official capacity is just over 85,000 for football, but that number was higher for the volleyball event because there were seats and standing room on the field. Nebraska, which has sold out more than 300 matches in a row at the Devaney Center, has won five national titles and its program is one of the few in Division I women’s sports that turns a profit. There are currently 7,000 girls playing at the high school level in the volleyball-crazed state. Nebraska also boasts 75 women who are on NCAA Division I volleyball rosters this season.
“We are excited to release this very special bobblehead in celebration of the Cornhuskers’ world-record attendance on Volleyball Day in Nebraska at Memorial Stadium,” says Phil Sklar, co-founder, chief executive officer, National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum. “People of Nebraska who love their volleyball are sure to love this bobblehead.”
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