Entertainment districts are popular attractions in Lincoln and in Kansas City and soon to be in Omaha. The city council gave their blessing for the establishment such districts under certain conditions. Councilperson Aimee Melton says they must be located 15-hundred feet within an arena so the only locations that qualify are Aksarben Village due to Baxter Arena and the new Capitol District downtown as it is near the CenturyLink Center.
Melton says, “The city council can put as many conditions on each individual district as they want. If something isn’t working we can pull them back in and say here are the conditions we want. This will give people the opportunity for people to go from one bar to the next and there can be entertainment in the center and you are not stuck in one place.”
Melton says entertainment districts need to be enclosed and in a controlled environment. You can’t have a district where you have to cross a street as that will not work. All the cups must have the name of the bar where you purchased the drink so people don’t bring in their own alcohol.
Opponents are worried that entertainment districts can lead to binge and underage drinking as well as an increase in criminal activity.