The Nebraska women's basketball program will celebrate its 37th and final season in the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2012-13. The Husker men's and women's basketball programs will be moving into the new Pinnacle Bank Arena in downtown Lincoln beginning in the 2013-14 campaign.
The 13,595-seat Devaney Center opened in the fall of 1976 on what was the Nebraska State Fairgrounds. The Devaney Center is now part of Nebraska's new Innovation Campus. Originally a $13 million project, the Devaney Center houses the Huskers' basketball, track, swimming, and gymnastics teams. Named after Bob Devaney, Nebraska's highly successful football coach and athletic director (1962-93), the Husker faithful always have been dedicated supporters of both the Nebraska men's and women's basketball program.
The building will undergo an extensive renovation project following the 2012-13 athletic season to become the new home of Nebraska's nationally prominent volleyball team. The renovated Devaney Center will also feature the home matches of the Nebraska wrestling program, while continuing to be the home of the NU men's and women's gymnastics programs, along with the Devaney Center Indoor Track and the Devaney Natatorium.
The Devaney Center underwent $7.9 million in renovations during the 1999-2000 season, including the addition of two HuskerVision replay screens, hustle-stat boards, digital message boards, ring of honor, new sound and lighting systems and increased chairback and disabled seating. The improvements to the arena reduced the seating capacity from 14,000 to 13,500. Major concourse renovations, including a Husker Hall of Honor and a Husker Walk of Fame, add to the winning atmosphere of the Devaney Center.
In 2009-10, the buzz surrounding the Nebraska women's basketball program reached an all-time high, as the Huskers became the first Big 12 men's or women's basketball team in history to complete an unbeaten regular season (29-0) on their way to the Big 12 Conference regular-season title. The Huskers set a school-record by averaging 7,390 fans per game, which ranked seventh nationally in home attendance. Nebraska also led the Big 12 by averaging 11,383 fans per game during league action, including seven consecutive crowds of more than 10,000 to close the season. The Devaney Center played host to the largest home crowd in the Big 12 in 2009-10, when a sellout crowd of 13,595 watched the Huskers defeat Missouri on Feb. 27, 2010, before celebrating the presentation of the Big 12 trophy at the conclusion of the game.
Devaney Center Changes in 2011-12
Beginning in the late-summer of 2010, construction began on the Hendricks Training Complex on the southwest corner of the Devaney Center. The complex, which opened as the new training home for the men's and women's basketball and wrestling programs, includes new practice courts for the basketball programs, and an expansive new strength and conditioning area. The Hendricks Complex also features technologically advanced locker rooms, team rooms, video rooms and offices for the basketball programs. The addition of the Hendricks Complex also allowed the athletic medicine center in the Devaney Center to nearly triple in size.
Devaney Center Directions
The Devaney Sports Center is located on the west edge of Nebraska's new Innovation Campus (old State Fairgrounds).
Exit the airport on W. Adams Street, the main road leading out to Cornhusker Highway. Follow W. Adams Street to the first stoplight and turn right on Cornhusker Highway. Follow Cornhusker Highway and take a right on North Antelope Valley Parkway. Proceed on North Antelope Valley Parkway and take a left on West Entrance Road to enter the Devaney Center grounds.
Exit the airport to the stoplight and turn right onto Abbott Drive. Go approximately one mile to Storz Expressway (Abbott Drive turns into Storz Expressway). Proceed approximately three miles to I-480 South. Follow the signs onto I-80 West to Lincoln. Follow I-80 for approximately 60 miles and take the 27th Street Exit. Follow 27th Street south to Cornhusker Highway and turn right. Follow Cornhusker Highway and take a left onto 10th Street. Stay left, then turn left onto Military Road, which becomes West Entrance Road at the Devaney Center.