The Lincoln Arena project is moving forward in the Capitol City after voters gave 56% approval for the $344 Haymarket Arena development. City officials thinks it will bring A-list entertainment to Lincoln and the NU basketball coaches see it as big plus for more than just an home-court advantage.
Ground will be broken next summer on the Arena, with an expected opening date. Arena Supporter Dick Campbell says he thinks the Arena will make Lincoln the next Austin or Madison, Wisconsin. Men’s and women’s basketball coaches Doc Sadler and Connie Yori had this to say which appeared at huskers.com.
“I look at this vote as a much more significant matter than something that will just benefit our basketball programs,” Nebraska Men’s Head Basketball Coach Doc Sadler said Tuesday. “Yes, it will benefit the University of Nebraska, but it will also benefit the city of Lincoln and the people who enjoy other activities besides basketball. Plus, it will put people to work, so they can get everything built.”
“We think it’s going to make our downtown more progressive and provide a great venue to spend an evening – not just for young people, but for everyone,” Yori said. “It will completely change the landscape of downtown Lincoln and bring not just a better basketball experience to fans, but all kinds of other entertainment that we haven’t had here in a long time.”