Thursday afternoon was the first day of a new era in Lincoln, as Pinnacle Bank Arena had its grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony this afternoon.
A host of dignitaries were on hand for the opening of the $179 million dollar facility in Lincoln’s Haymarket District, including speeches from Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman, Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler, UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Nebraska basketball coaches Tim Miles and Connie Yori. The event was kicked off by a performance from the UNL Pep Band and a routine by the Linh Quang Lion/Dragon Dance Troupe traditionally intended to bring good luck to new projects.
Groundbreaking for Pinnacle Bank Arena took place on Sept. 7, 2011, and the construction took 706 days until it was turned over to the City of Lincoln on Aug. 12, 2013. The University of Nebraska held commencement exercises in the building earlier this month as the first event in the facility, while the first concert will take place on Friday, Sept. 13, as Michael Buble will take the Pinnacle Bank Arena stage.
For basketball, the capacity will be over 15,000, as all men’s tickets have been pre-sold for the 2013-14 season, while the Husker women’s program has also enjoyed record-setting sales coming off an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance.
Some of the features inside Pinnacle Bank Arena include a split upper concourse, which allows fans to be on top of the action throughout the entire building, a four-sided HD video board and ribbon boards around the arena, 11 permanent concession stand which highlight areas throughout the state and an outdoor terrace for meetings and events. Pinnacle Bank Arena also has 36 suites, 20 loge boxes and 832 club seats.
Fans have a chance to see the new arena this weekend, as a three-day open house continues on Friday (11 a.m. - 8 p.m.) and Saturday (11 a.m. - after the NU-Wyoming football game).
|PINNACLE BANK ARENA TIMELINE|
May 11, 2010 - Lincoln Arena Bond Issue Passes
Sept. 7, 2011 - Arena Groundbreaking
Dec. 6, 2011 -Naming rights awarded to Pinnacle Bank Arena
June 25, 2012 - Removal of BNSF Railroad begins
Sept. 14, 2012 - Canopy Street Groundbreaking
Dec. 12, 2012 - Arena Topping Off Ceremony
Aug. 12, 2013 - Arena Completion Date
Aug. 16, 2013 -UNL Graduate Commencement
Aug. 17, 2013 -UNL Undergraduate Commencement
Aug. 29, 2013 -Pinnacle Bank Arena Grand Opening
Sept. 13, 2013 -Michael Bublé Concert (1st concert)
Oct. 27, 2013 -NU WBB vs. Pittsburg State (exhibition)
Nov. 4, 2013 -NU MBB vs. UNK (exhibition)
Nov. 8, 2013 - Regular-season openers for MBB & WBB
Pinnacle Bank Arena by the Numbers
470,400 - The size of Pinnacle Bank Arena in square feet.
2,200 - Square feet in the new Huskers Authentic store located at the south entrance on the main plaza.
1,650 - Student section seating for the Red Zone with nearly 1,000 seats in the 100 level.
1,472 - Square feet of each of the four main Panasonic video boards - all broadcasting in 720 HD.
313 - Number of television monitors (all between 42 and 55 inches) located around Pinnacle Bank Arena.
232 - Pieces that comprise the Robbins All-Star Plus floor (218 pieces of 4’ x 8’ and 14 pieces of 14’ x 4’).
36 - Number of restroom facilities (16 men’s, 16 women’s and 4 family restrooms).
13 - Number of ticket windows, 11 located on the main level of the south plaza and two in the north lobby.
11 - Permanent concession stands, and when combined with 20 carts, provide 160 points of sale inside the arena.
4 -ATMs at Pinnacle Bank Arena with locations in the south plaza and in sections 104, 110 and 308.