It was a community decision.
Sure, there will be hot dogs, nachos and giant pretzels, but the Pinnacle Bank Arena also will feature steak sandwiches, barbecue brisket, Philly fries tossed in a blend of Old Bay seasoning, garlic and cyan pepper and a carving station.
Before Lincoln voters gave their approval in May 2010 to build an arena in Lincoln’s West Haymarket, the Nebraska athletic department had already put in motion plans to build the Hendricks Training Complex.
* In 37 years of playing men’s basketball at the Devaney Sports Center, Nebraska never had a losing home record. The Huskers’ worst home record, by winning percentage, came in 2011-12, when they finished 9-8.
Even without beer, which has never been sold at any Nebraska athletic event and won’t be for the foreseeable future, a big-time atmosphere is expected in the Huskers’ new home for hoops.
* Lincoln has played host to every game of the state basketball tournament every year but 1931, 1965 through 1967 and in 1970. The 1931 state tournament, with just 16 schools in one class, was hosted by Hastings College. From 1965 through 1967, Class A was held in Omaha. In 1968, racial tens…
The Cube, 750 square feet of eye candy and likely the largest screen of its kind in the Midwest — will be a focal point of The Railyard, a public courtyard near the Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The state’s first entertainment district, The Railyard, will be a comfortable place in the West Haymarket for a quick lunch or snack during the week and for special events on many weekends.
* The biggest concert ever in Lincoln, and Nebraska for that matter, was Farm Aid III on Sept. 19, 1987, which sold 67,581 tickets in Memorial Stadium. The Farm Aid III lineup included founders Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young; John Denver; then newcomers Lyle Lovett, Vince Gill…
The Pinnacle Bank Arena was designed and built with concerts in mind — from its loading dock to the ceiling, the dressing rooms and the north end of the arena bowl.
Although offices are a big part of the Haymarket -- architects, engineers, marketers -- the arrival of Pinnacle Bank Arena means more foot traffic, welcome news for retail locations and bars and restaurants. Here's a list, including new and old.
Among those occupying the sold-out suites at the Pinnacle Bank Arena are local LLCs, Incs., Cos. and others that continue the well-established trend of using high-value entertainment access for fun, public relations, employee rewards and other business purposes.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduates, family, friends — and even some curious basketball fans — roamed the halls of the $179 million building as it played host to the first of two commencement ceremonies this weekend.