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Up to 5,000 fans can watch track and field at the Devaney Center Indoor Track
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Devaney Center Indoor Track

By NU Athletic Communications
Bob Devaney Sports Center Track

Named after longtime NU Athletic Director and football coach, the Devaney Center boasts an impressive array of training, competitive, and spectator amenities, highlighted by a hydraulic-banked track.

Manufactured by Mondo USA, the track was part of a $2.979 million renovation in 2000. Hawkins Construction of Omaha was the contractor in charge of the project, which was finished 44 days ahead of schedule.

The facility received a $1.1 million dollar facelift prior to the start of the 2011 season as the oval was resurfaced, the interior was repainted, new lights were installed and a 24x14-foot video board was hung.

One of four hydraulic-banked tracks in the nation and one of eight in the world, NU's 200-meter track has the largest radius (67 feet) of any indoor-banked track in the world. The banks and all the running surfaces rest on a sleeper system, which is made of both steel (banks) and wood (straightaways) frames.

The Devaney Center accommodates up to 5,000 spectators for all track and field events and new bleachers were installed prior to the 2012 season.

The Devaney Sports Center has played host to a number of the country's premiere track and field events, having hosted the final Big Eight Indoor Championships in 1996 and the first-ever Big 12 meet in 1997. Nebraska played host to the Big 12 Indoor Championships nine times in 15 years, including six straight championships from 2001 to 2006 and in 2011. The Husker women won the team title in the team's final season in the Big 12 Conference. The Big Ten Indoor Championships came to the Devaney Center in 2012, the Huskers' first season as a member of the Big Ten.


Indoor Track Quick Facts
  • Manufactured in Gallo d' Alba, Italy, the track traveled over 6,000 miles to Lincoln.
  • Engineers can trouble shoot and calibrate the track from Italy using its high-tech control system.
  • Seventy-thousand square feet of rubber flooring was used by Mondo to cover the floor of the facility.
  • Active in the rubber flooring industry for 50 years, Mondo has been the official track supplier of the last seven Olympic Games.
  • With the help of a double-layer rubber construction, more than 110 world records have been established on Mondo surfaces.
  • The Huskers celebrated the track's installation by winning both the men's and women's Big 12 Indoor Championships in 2001.
Indoor Hydraulic-Banked Track Facilities
Bob Devaney Sports Center, University of Nebraska
McFerrin Athletic Center, Texas A&M University
Multi-Sport Facility, Penn State University
National Institute for Fitness and Sport, IUPUI
University of Montepellier, France
National Indoor Athletics Centre, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Ireland
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg


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