Every fall, the University of Nebraska turns out for its beloved Cornhusker football team. And the skies go red upon the first score of every home game in the team’s home town of Lincoln. In a tradition dating back to the 1940s, about 6,000 helium-filled red balloons get released in Memorial Stadium after Nebraska’s first score of each game. This year, though, due to the shortage of helium, the Huskers will release only about 3,000 balloons in the first game (using up some of the school’s own helium reserves) and then skip the tradition for the rest of the games. Nebraska plans to bring back the balloons when helium levels allow.
There’s a Helium Shortage On — and It’s Affecting More than Just Balloons
Stop talking in that squeaky voice and get serious. From MRI machines to semiconductor manufacturing, here are a few of the things we'll have to do with less of thanks to a global helium shortage.