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.

A combination of the bright minds of designers and construction managers helped make Lincoln's Pinnacle Bank Arena unique compared to so many cookie-cutter venues.

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.

Those who helped make the arena project come alive, and those who will play a big part in its future.

* 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…

Brandon Akert admits it's a big risk to begin a new restaurant concept in a newly developed area next to a new arena.

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.

More than anything, the people paid to think about how you’ll get to — and park at — the Pinnacle Bank Arena want you to remember this:

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 has an impressive lineup of concerts for its first five shows, including performances by in-demand artists The Eagles and Pink, with more to come.

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.

2002-2004: Burlington Northern official talks with Lincoln mayors about the railroad's willingness to move tracks to accommodate West Haymarket development.

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.