Critics said the University of Nebraska is getting a rent-free arena with Tuesday’s vote. UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman says the university will pay a price to play basketball in the new facility.
“Paying money and giving up money you generate is the same thing, you know that number about what actual cash payment on the rental part of this goes to the city is really largely an irrelevant number when you think about what the University is contributing to this project.”
The university pays $750,000 to the city but will get credits for tickets and concessions that will reduce that number. Athletic Director Tom Osborne also announced today that basketball-only boosters will get seating priorities in the arena. In the past, major football boosters were also given prime seats for Husker games.