Named after longtime athletic director and football coach Bob Devaney, the Bob Devaney Sports Center was home to the Nebraska Basketball prgram from the 1976-77 season until the end of the 2012-13 campaign. In the past 37 years, the Huskers amassed 447 victories in the building, providing NU a strong home court advantage.
The multi-purpose facility served the home of the Husker men's and women's basketball programs as well as the men's and women's gymnastics, men's and women's indoor track and women's swimming and wrestling program.
Over the years, the Devaney Center has seen a number of dramatic improvements to stay among the forefront of college facilities. In 2000, fans saw the addition of two HuskerVision replay screens, hustle stat boards and digital message boards as well as new sound and lighting systems to help make an impressive gameday atmosphere even better. That same year, there were other upgrades such as the addition of a ring of honor and the Husker Hall of Fame. The displays in the concourse areas highlight more than 100 years of Nebraska athletics and more than three decades of women's athletics at the university.
The addition of the Hendricks Training Complex in 2011 opened up additional areas for renovation inside the Devaney Center over the next two years. The project includes a 10,000 sq. ft. grand entrance addition on the south side, interior renovation of the arena level, concourse level and arena interior. Premium seating will be added with the addition of suites and a new premium seating hospitality room.
While the facility continues to be updated to keep it among the elite college athletic facilities in the country, Nebraska has excelled on its home court. The Huskers have shown an ability to raise their game in the facility as they have defeated 33 ranked teams in front of their raucous home crowds over the years.
At the start of the 2000s, the student section was reorganized and reborn as the Red Zone, providing Nebraska with a lively student section.
The Nebraska basketball team is not the only tenant of the versatile facility. The Husker women's basketball team also calls the Devaney Center home, along with Nebraska teams for gymnastics, women's swimming and diving, track and field and wrestling.
With a capacity of 13,595, the Devaney Center has hosted numerous NCAA postseason events since opening its doors in 1976. The Husker men's basketball team has enjoyed playing on the Devaney Center court, as NU has an all-time record of 477-148 (.751) in the building. Nebraska has posted less than eight home victories just once (1976-77) in the 37-year history of the Devaney Center.
Devaney Center Facts
Games: 595 in 37 seasons Record: 447-148 (.751) Overtime Record: 19-5 (.792) Most Consecutive Home Winning Seasons: 37, 1976-77 to 2012-13 Most Home Games, Season: 19, 2005-06, 2007-08; 2010-11 Most Wins in Devaney Center, Season: 17, 1982-83; 2010-11 Most Home Wins, Season: 17, 1982-83; 2007-08*; 2010-11 (*includes one game at Qwest Center Omaha) Most Home Losses, Season: 8, 2011-12 Most Consecutive Home Wins: 16, last four games of 1982 first 12 of 1983, ended by Missouri, 54-51, Feb. 26, 1983 Most Consecutive Home Losses: 4, ended against Kansas State, March 3, 1996 4, ended against Kansas State, Feb. 25, 2003 Most Consecutive Home Conference Wins: 8, last three games of 1982, first five games of 1983, ended by Missouri, 54-51, Feb. 26, 1983 (excludes tournament games)
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