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|Qwest Center Omaha|
|Location|| 455 N 10th St |
Omaha, Nebraska, 68102-1151
|Owner||City of Omaha|
|Operator||Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA)|
|Construction cost||$ 291 million|
|Capacity|| 18,300 (concerts)|
Qwest Center Omaha is an arena and convention center facility in the NoDo neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska. The 1.1 million ft² facility has an 18,300-seat arena, a 194,000-ft² exhibition hall and 62,000 ft² of meeting space. The arena hosts various basketball games, hockey games, professional wrestling events and concerts.
In 2000, Omaha voters approved a $216 million bond issue to build a new convention center and arena; the remainder of the $291 million project was provided by private organizations and individuals. The facility design was led by DLR Group, a national architecture and engineering firm. Naming rights to the arena were purchased by Qwest.
Qwest Center Omaha opened in September 2003 with an initial seating capacity of 17,000 for concerts, 15,500 for basketball, and 14,700 for hockey. In 2006, a $5.7-million expansion of the arena increased capacity by approximately 1,500 seats.