The service upgrade, as it's being called, will allow patrons who have been somewhat deterred, by crowd noise or general timidity, to contact police by using their thumbs. Officials hope that the addition of the new medium will help in reporting disturbances and medical emergencies.
"We don't want to switch everything over to text. We're still going to get the calls," University of Nebraska police chief Owen Yardley said. "But we'll use the text messages as a supplement for those times when you're in large venues, when it's hard to hear, hard to communicate or you need to be discrete."
Officials plan to display text message instructions on signs throughout the stadium, in fan guides and on video boards during games. The system will get its first test on July 4, when Larry the Cable Guy performs in front of about 50,000 at Memorial Stadium.
A similar system was put in place at Florida and had its first test during the April 18 spring scrimmage.
Florida police lieutenant Robert Wagner said officers would receive texts, focus stadium cameras on an area and, if needed, send in officers to respond to the situation. Wagner said the system worked well.