Nebraska Cornhuskers cut red balloon tradition due to helium shortages


Since the 1960s, red helium filled balloons have been released by Nebraska Cornhuskers fans to celebrate the first touchdown of a home game, but this long-standing traditional is now being cut due to difficulties related to helium supply.

That’s the message Trev Alberts, Nebraska Athletic Director told listeners of his radio show on Monday (23rd May) as he explained that, due to challenged supply, helium acquired by the university is better used for other applications.

Speaking on his show, Alberts said, “Acquiring helium in today’s day and age, given that some of the production is really challenged, is really hard to get. So we’ve been asked by the university that the helium we are getting as a university, we need to use for medical purposes.”

To try and keep the celebrations alive during home matches, however, Alberts said the athletics department is looking to come up with an alternative way to keep celebrations at a high during home games.

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