Arena parking: What you need to know

2013-08-18T00:00:00Z Arena parking: What you need to knowBy the Lincoln Journal Star


* Event parking will debut at $5 -- whether in parking garages or arena surface lots.

* Planners say all arena-related parking spots should be within six blocks of the venue.

* Arena parking ramps will be operated as other city ramps -- first hour free, $1 an hour after that -- when there are no events at the arena.


If you’re parking in Event Parking lot: Take West O Street or Cornhusker Highway to Sun Valley Boulevard, then Line Drive into parking lot. Tip: Even if you live in east Lincoln, go west on Van Dorn or Rosa Parks Way and double-back on West O. You’ll avoid meeting and crossing other arena traffic.

If you’re leaving Event Parking lot: Expect police to direct traffic at Sun Valley Boulevard and Line Drive.

If you’re parking in arena garages: During events at the arena, you must enter from north or south on Pinnacle Arena Drive (via Salt Creek Roadway north, N Street south). Q and R streets will be closed between Seventh and Canopy streets.

If you’re leaving arena garages: Northbound traffic will take Salt Creek Roadway to Big X; southbound traffic will take N Street to Ninth Street.

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By the Numbers

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  • Construction cost for the arena and attached parking garage

  • Gross square footage of the arena

  • Rigging capacity (in pounds) for arena shows

  • The annual fee to rent the nicest of arena's 36 luxury suites

  • Arena's capacity for basketball

  • Arena's capacity for end-stage concerts

  • Seating capacity for hockey and indoor football at the arena

  • Square footage of Capitol Terrace, an outdoor plaza accessible to all ticketholders

  • Cars converging on arena for sold-out basketball game based on estimate of 2.5 people per car

  • Workers involved in building the arena and related public infrastructure, including 58 percent from Lancaster County

  • Square footage of team store off the main lobby

  • Year when Lincoln last dedicated a new civic arena -- Pershing Center

  • Last year Lincoln did not host some part of the state high school basketball tournament

  • Parking spots in Deck 1 located south of the arena

  • Club seats located near center court with access to a 4,300-square-foot club lounge

  • Square footage of The Cube, a video display screen in the Railyard courtyard

  • Feet of electronic "ribbon board display" throughout the arena

  • Length (in feet) of pedestrian bridge linking arena with event parking and festival space

  • The arena's address is 600 R St., although it's right next to the Post Office. Mail should get there.

  • Workers employed by SMG, which operates Pinnacle Bank Arena, Pershing Center and Pinewood Bowl in Lincoln

  • Televisions throughout the building served by the arena's video system

  • Beer taps at the arena

  • Surveillance cameras located throughout the arena

  • Ticket price for best seats to opening Michael Buble concert

  • Concession points of sale

  • Apartment units in the Canopy Lofts next door to the arena

  • Restrooms at the arena, including 16 for men, 16 for women and four for families

  • Length (in years) of naming rights deal with Pinnacle Bank, which agreed to pay about $450,000 per year

  • Loge boxes, each with four seats and access to 4,500-square-foot lounge

  • NCAA men's basketball programs that averaged over 15,000 fans per game in 2011-12

  • Box office ticket windows at the arena

  • Permanent concession stands, with 14 portable locations

  • Levels in the arena, including the event level, mezzanine, main, premium and upper concourses and the catwalk level

  • ATMs located on concourse levels

  • Escalators in the arena

  • Public entrances to the arena, a south entrance at R Street and Canopy Drive and a north entrance off the pedestrian bridge

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