Nebraska and Southern Miss begin a three-game series in 2012 in Lincoln. The 2013 game is scheduled for Hattiesburg, but could be moved to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, the Hattiesburg American has reported.
Southern Miss interim athletic director Jeff Hammond said that moving the game to New Orleans could give the Golden Eagles a payday between “$1.2 and $1.5 million after expenses.”
The last time the Cornhuskers visited Hattiesburg was in 2003. USM netted approximately $400,000 from that game.
Moving the game to the Superdome would allow the schools to net more money from ticket sales. USM’s stadium holds 36,000 while the Mercedes-Benz Superdome seats 69,703.
“We’re scheduled to play Nebraska in Hattiesburg in 2013,” Hammond said. “We’re exploring our options to see where we can make the most in terms of revenue relative to expenditures. It’s good business. We’re not going to sit back. It’s good business and we’re going to create some options.”
Southern Miss is currently slated to host Nebraska at M.M. Roberts Stadium in Hattiesburg on September 7, 2013.The game will be the second of a three-game series that was announced back in 2008. Nebraska opens the 2012 season against Southern Miss on Sept. 1 and hosts them again on Sept. 26, 2015.
Update (4/27/12): Randy York, a writer for Huskers.com, posted yesterday that Nebraska and Southern Miss are close to finalizing the deal to play at the Superdome on Sept. 7, 2013.