UND football to face Nebraska, securing more than $1 million for series
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—When the University of North Dakota football program talks about Memorial Stadium, it's usually in reference to the team's practice facility and former Division II home on campus.
Chatter of Memorial Stadium on Wednesday took on a new meaning. The Fighting Hawks will play at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium in 2022 (Sept. 3) and 2026 (Sept. 19), UND announced Wednesday, Dec. 13.
UND will receive a $515,000 guarantee for the first game and $560,000 for the second.
The games mark the first time UND has scheduled a Big Ten Conference foe as a Division I program, which the school became in 2008.
Nebraska's Memorial Stadium, in Lincoln, has a capacity of 90,000. The Huskers, who recently hired former Nebraska quarterback Scott Frost as head coach, finished 4-8 in 2017 under third-year coach Mike Riley.
Nebraska, which has won five national championships with the latest coming in 1997, also announced three FCS matchups with South Dakota State: 2020, 2024 and 2028.
"This two-game series with Nebraska gives our team the opportunity to compete against one of the truly iconic college football programs," UND athletic director Brian Faison said. "And for our fans, this is another regional matchup that will make it easier for them to attend and be part of one of the top gameday experiences that college football has to offer."
Nebraska joined the Big Ten in July of 2011 after spending the previous 17 seasons a a member of the Big 12 Conference.
UND and Nebraska played in 1961 when the Cornhuskers beat UND 33-0. Nebraska was a member of the Big Eight Conference at that time.
The Fighting Hawks, which finished 3-8 in 2017, now have seven FBS games on the horizon. UND will play at Washington (2018), Kansas State (2020), Utah State (2021), Nebraska (2022), Iowa State (2024) and Nebraska (2026).