Nebraska Omaha announces plan for new campus arena
October 15, 2012 Leave a comment
From the Omaha World Herald …University of Nebraska at Omaha sports programs are about to go big and go home: The university proposes to build a 7,500-seat arena at 67th and Center Streets, on the south end of UNO’s expanding campus.
The arena would focus first on hockey, the Mavericks’ marquee sport and the athletic department’s main profit center. It would fulfill the university’s longtime dream of on-campus home hockey ice, plus eventually be the home courts for UNO’s volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball teams.
Private donations or private partnerships would pay for arena construction costs. In interviews with The World-Herald last week, UNO Chancellor John Christensen and Athletic Director Trev Alberts ballparked the costs at $65 million to $80 million.
“We are not going to put this on the taxpayer,” Christensen said.
Planning and fundraising for the project are far enough along that Christensen and Alberts plan to propose the arena to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents at its Oct. 26 meeting.
For the rest of the article, which is part of a special section about all the facilities going up in Omaha, click here.