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Nebraska-Omaha Closer to New Arena

CHN Staff Report

Nebraska-Omaha moved a step towards a new on-campus hockey arena.

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents today authorized President J.B. Milliken to enter into a letter of intent with developers for the construction of a new arena there.

"UNO is very excited about the Regents' support," Chancellor John Christensen said. "It has been our goal to have a campus home for athletic events that also serves the entire university and the community. This decision moves us closer to that dream."

“We are very pleased that the Board of Regents has approved this first step in the process of building a new home for Maverick athletics,” said Trev Alberts, UNO's athletic director. “An on-campus arena will be transformative for our department. By having an on-campus home for our hockey team as well as providing it with dedicated practice space, we will have the opportunity to further strengthen our marquee program as well as provide enhanced competition space for men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball.

“There are still many steps to making this arena a reality, but today’s news is a welcome beginning to a process that we believe will put our department on firm financial footing for years to come.”

Nebraska-Omaha is in its last season of the WCHA before moving to the new NCHC next year. The Mavericks currently play in the downtown CenturyLink Center, formerly known as the Qwest Center, which holds 17,100 for hockey.

The current proposal for a new arena provides for a privately constructed and financed facility which would eventually be acquired by UNO through a lease-purchase agreement. The cost of the proposed arena is estimated to be $76.3 million with the building seating approximately 7,500 for hockey games.

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