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Qwest Center Omaha
Qwest Center Omaha Logo
Location 455 N 10th St
Omaha, Nebraska, 68102-1151
Broke ground 2001
Opened September 2003
Expanded 2006
Owner City of Omaha
Operator Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA)
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost $ 291 million
Tenants
Capacity 18,300 (concerts)
17,560 (basketball)
16,680 (hockey)

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.

The Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks play their home games here.  They are scheduled to move to the UNO Community Arena, located on the school's campus, to be opening in the fall of 2015.

History Edit

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.

The Qwest Center displaced the 1954 Omaha Civic Auditorium as the premier indoor arena in the city. The venerable Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum was closed in 2002 and was demolished in 2005.

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