Nebraska Track and Field Facilities

 



The Nebraska track and field team trains and competes at some of the top facilities in the country. The Devaney Center Indoor track is on of nine hydraulic-banked tracks in the nation, while during the outdoor season the team works out in the heart of campus at Ed Weir Stadium. 

Devaney Center Indoor 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 nine hydraulic-banked tracks in the nation, 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 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.

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Ed Weir Stadium

Outdoors, the Huskers run on a Mondo synthetic rubber surface at Ed Weir Stadium. The track is next to Memorial Stadium and Hawks Championship Center, allowing for easy access to weight rooms, athletic medicine and indoor training facilities. The track was completely resurfaced in 2012. 

The track underwent a $2.33 million renovation in 2012 where the entire track base and Mondo surface were replaced.

The track facility also utilizes the nearby Hawks Championship Center as an indoor warm-up and clerking area.

Since its opening in 1975, Ed Weir Stadium has hosted eight National Junior Olympics, a USA-USSR Junior Dual Meet, six Big Eight Outdoor Championships, one Special Olympics and one BIg 12 Outdoor Championship. The Huskers also played host to the first-ever NCAA Midwest Regional Championships at the venue in 2003, and the event returned to the stadium in 2008. Nebraska hosted the Big Ten Outdoor Championships in 2016.

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Locker Room and Lounge

Prior to the start of the 2013 season, the Nebraska track and field team received a $180,000 renovation to its 5,400 square-foot locker room. The locker rooms were originally constructed in 1981 and had previously not received any updates before this project. Prior to the renovation, the floor was originally six separate rooms that were used in a variety of ways including hospitality, golf locker rooms and visiting team locker rooms. The original space dedicated to each men's and women's team was about 1,200 square feet. After the renovation, the men's and women's teams each have their own 2,700 square foot locker room and lounge.

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Pioneers Park

Located in southwest Lincoln, the Huskers home course is Pioneers Park where Nebraska annually hosts the Woody Greeno/Dirksen Invitational. The meet celebrated its 28th year of competition in 2018 and is one of the largest annual races in the Midwest, as nearly 700 athletes compete. Pioneers Park holds a challenging 5,000-meter course that rolls over the tree-covered hills in the 900-acre park.

Listed as one of the top five “most fit” cities in the nation, Lincoln has more than 128 miles of biking and hiking trails for the Huskers to train on. The cross country team can also practice on Nebraska's world-class indoor track at the Devaney Center, its outdoor track at Ed Weir Stadium or on indoor field turf at the Hawks Championship Center.

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Directions

Nebraska Track and Field Office Address: 109 C - Bob Devaney Sports Center, 1600 Court St., Lincoln, NE 68588