One of the finest gymnastics facilities in the nation, the 13,595-seat Bob Devaney Sports Center has been the home of Nebraska gymnastics for more than 30 years.
Named after Bob Devaney, Nebraska's highly successful football coach and athletic director (1962-93), the building was opened in the fall of 1976 and is located on the Nebraska State Fairgrounds. The building, a $13-million dollar project, houses the Husker basketball, gymnastics, track, swimming and wrestling teams. A number of other activities, including concerts and commencements, are held in the arena. Since its opening, the Devaney Center has played host to many national and conference-level events in men's and women's gymnastics, including the 2003 and 2009 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Championships and 10 NCAA Men's Championships.
Before the 1999-2000 season, the Bob Devaney Sports Center underwent $7.9 million in renovations inside the arena and in the concourse areas. Two HuskerVision replay screens were added inside the arena, along with stat boards and digital message boards. A new sound system, lighting system and ring of honor add to the atmosphere in the arena, as does the addition of chairback seating on the arena floor.
Expanded handicapped seating and increased chairback seating reduced the Devaney Center's capacity from 14,000 to 13,595. In addition to the improvements in the main arena, the main concourse received extensive renovations, with the addition of a Husker Hall of Honor and a Husker Walk of Fame. The displays in the concourse areas highlight more than 100 years of Nebraska athletics and more than 30 years of Husker women's sports.
Gymnastics Championships at the Bob Devaney Sports Center