Tailgater welcomes all — even his opponents


On game day, nothing gets in the way of Hank Vice’s hospitality. Not even rival fans or football drama.

The 55-year-old from Murdock, Nebraska, has been tailgating at Huskers games for 22 years, and the group of people who join his tailgate in front of Morrill Hall has only grown over that time.

Hank Vice stands in front of his grill, wearing a hat given to him by one of his tailgating friends.

“Everybody’s welcome,” Vice said. “It’s the spirit of the football game. You get all your friends together, and you meet new people.”

And the reason for the growth is obvious. The food, the drinks and the two TVs are open to anyone who shows up, and Vice is there to great everyone personally, even strangers and rivals.

Vice said he knew a Rutgers fan—the Huskers’ Saturday opponents—who would be coming to his tailgate before the game. And though he was confident the Huskers would beat the Scarlet Knights—they did—his arms were open.

When Vice says everyone is welcome, he means it.

“Even the people from Iowa. We hate ‘em, but we welcome them in the spirit of having fun.”

The Huskers’ 2-2 record and the firing of Husker athletic director Shawn Eichorst haven’t gotten in the way of his support either.

“They’re hitting a few bumps in the road, but we have to cheer them on,” he said. “They’re our Huskers.”

To get a feel for the atmosphere around the stadium click here.

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