Scheduled for Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg, the 2013 Southern Miss-Nebraska non-conference game could be headed to a facility with a slightly larger capacity — for fans and for dollars.
At a town hall meeting with fans and boosters Thursday, Southern Miss interim athletic director Jeff Hammond told the assembled throng that discussions are under way about the possibility of moving that game to the Superdome in New Orleans. While the discussions are very preliminary in nature, the possibility of a financial windfall makes it likely those discussions will continue.
“We’re exploring our options to see where we can make the most in terms of revenue relative to expenditures.,” Hammond said according to the Hattiesburg American. “It’s good business. We’re not going to sit back. It’s good business and we’re going to create some options.”
And print some money, relatively speaking. The American notes that Southern Miss cleared $400,000 when NU visited in 2003; a game at the Superdome would bring in $1.2-$1.5 million for the athletic department after expenses.
New Orleans is roughly two hours away from Hattiesburg, so Golden Eagles fans wouldn’t be put out too much drive-wise if a move came to fruition.
It’s highly unlikely the Cornhuskers would have any objections to such a move, either. Roberts Stadium seats in the neighborhood of 36,000, while the Superdome can hold upwards of 76,000. Given the fact that the NU faithful travel as well as any fan base in the country, selling additional tickets should be little problem and would likely result in the look and feel of a Cornhuskers home game on Bourbon Street.
While Hammond has yet to have direct talks with his NU counterpart, Tom Osborne, about a move, the school’s official stance at this time is it would be very open to a change in venue.
“Anything would be in the preliminary stages right now,” Jeff Jamrog, NU’s assistant athletic director for football, told the Omaha World Herald. “But I would think it would be something that we would be interested in looking long and hard at.”