SBJ/November 24 - 30, 2003/Facilities
City finishes Qwest for new arena
Published November 24, 2003
The arena will be home to University of Nebraska-Omaha and Creighton sporting events.
The University of Nebraska-Omaha men's ice hockey team and Creighton University men's basketball team have moved their home games a distance of eight blocks this year, from the 50-year-old Omaha Civic Auditorium to the new $75 million Qwest Center Omaha.
UNO's hockey team entered this season having sold out 131 straight home games, dating back to 1997, at its former 9,500-seat home. The school will pay $4,500 per game during its 10-year lease at the new venue and will handle advertising sales for the Zamboni, dasherboards and on-ice inventory, as it did at its former home.
Creighton's basketball team averaged 8,246 fans a game last season, including sellouts for its final six games. School officials declined to provide details of their lease, except to say it's a five-year deal.
New revenue streams for both schools will come from university-sold advertising on the Daktronics scoreboard and from their share of premium-seat ticket revenue. Neither school receives money from concessions, with UNO officials citing a school policy against receiving money from the sale of alcohol.
The teams' relocations leaves the National Indoor Football League Omaha Beef as the only tenant at Civic Auditorium.
In the past three years, three new arenas — with a total of 18,700 seats — have opened within a 90-minute drive of Omaha. Still, more than 40 event days have been scheduled for the first three months of operation at Qwest Center Omaha, ranging from a Cher concert to a professional rodeo.
All 32 suites and 862 club seats at the venue have been sold for the next five years. Major corporate partners include Budweiser of Omaha, Qwest Communications, Pepsi, First National Bank and Omaha Dodge Dealers.
A 450-room Hilton hotel is on schedule to open next spring adjacent to the arena complex.
Qwest Center Omaha
City: Omaha, Neb.
Tenants: Creighton University men's basketball, University of Nebraska-Omaha men's ice hockey
Owner and operator: Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority
Architect: DLR Group (contract value: $13 million)
Construction manager: Kiewit Construction Co.
No. of seats: 17,000
No. of suites (price range): 32 ($50,000-$100,000 per season)
No. of club seats (price range): 1,000 ($750-$1,750 per season)
Projected cost: $75 million
Funding: The arena is part of a $291 million convention center project. Private individuals and organizations donated $75 million; the remainder was provided through a general obligation bond issued by the city of Omaha. Qwest Communications in August signed a 15-year, $14 million naming-rights deal.
Concessionaire: Levy Restaurants
Pouring rights: Pepsi-Cola
Scoreboard provider: Daktronics Inc. (contract value: $2,263,000)
Floor/ice provider: Robbins Sports Surfaces (contract value: NA)/ Cimco (contract value: $774,000)
Seat provider: Hussey Seating Co. (contract value: $2.76 million)
First events: Sept. 24, Xtreme Bulls Tour; Pace Picante ProRodeo Challenge; Nov. 7, University of Nebraska-Omaha vs. Lake Superior State; Nov. 22, Creighton University vs. University of San Diego
QWEST CENTER OMAHA SUBCONTRACTORS
|Company||Work performed||Contract value|
|Architectural Graphics Inc.||Wayfinding signage||$423,000|
|Architectural Wall Systems Co.||Curtainwall systems||$4,491,000|
|Athletica||Dasherboards, hockey equipment||$156,000|
|Capital Electric Construction Co.||Electrical||$18,857,000|
|Capital Electric Construction Co.||Broadcast cabling and AV systems||$1,419,000|
|Central Western Fabricators||Metal stairs and handrails fabrication and erection||$3,059,000|
|Commercial Flooring Systems Inc.||Carpeting||$933,000|
|Crown Corr Inc.||Exterior metal wall panel systems||$2,565,000|
|DC Taylor Co.||Roofing||$2,473,000|
|D.F. Lanoha Landscape Nursery Inc.||Landscaping||$160,000|
|Daedalus Construction||Site concrete paving, walkways||$1,406,000|
|Data Power Technology Corp.||Access floor system||$9,000|
|Dimensional Innovations Inc.||Decorative wall grid and canopies||$235,000|
|Drake Williams Steel Inc.||Miscellaneous metal fabrications||$750,000|
|E&K of Omaha Inc.||Drywall systems and acoustical ceilings, acoustic wall panels, arena exterior metal panel framing, arena EIFS||$11,571,000|
|Evan Fall Protection Systems Inc.||Rigging fall arrest system||$160,000|
|Fager Excavating Co.||Site earthwork||$182,000|
|G&G Trenching Inc.||Site storm drain piping||$150,000|
|Havens Steel Co.||Structural steel fabrication and erection||$29,205,000|
|Hempel Sheet Metal Works Inc.||Sheet metal escutcheons||$22,000|
|Hockenbergs||Food service equipment||$2,202,000|
|Johnson Hardware Co.||Wood and metal doors and frames, finish hardware||$670,000|
|Kehm Contractors Inc.||Masonry||$4,636,000|
|Kiewit Construction Co.||Cast-in-place reinforced concrete, foundations and floor slabs, column encasement, concrete arena superstructure, millwork||$28,096,000|
|LH Bolduc Co.||Driven steel pipe piling||$1,939,000|
|Linhart Construction Inc.||Site retaining walls||$57,000|
|McDaniel Fire Systems||Fire protection systems||$2,616,000|
|McGill Brothers Inc.||Joint sealants and waterproofing||$10,000|
|Mid States Audio Inc.||Arena and convention center sound systems||$1,411,000|
|Midwest Floor Care Inc.||Concrete sealing work||$9,000|
|Midwest Mechanical Contractors||Plumbing, HVAC||$23,069,000|
|Midwest Partitions Inc.||Metal panel framing and EIFS||$1,464,000|
|Miller Construction Services||Floor mats and frames||$106,000|
|O’Keefe Elevator Co.||Elevators||$1,003,000|
|Omaha Neon Sign Co.||Marquee sign||$44,000|
|Panelfold Inc.||Operable walls||$1,594,000|
|Patent Construction Systems||Scaffolding systems||$1,036,000|
|Penn-Co Construction Inc.||Parking garage construction||$5,788,000|
|Phoenix Group||Concessions fit-out, drywall and ceilings||$152,000|
|Porter Trustin Carlson Co.||Building specialties||$338,000|
|Pro-Spec Painting Inc.||Painting||$1,152,000|
|RL Fauss Builders Inc.||Blocking and backing||$171,000|
|Rinker Materials Prestress||Exterior precast concrete panels; precast concrete stadium (seating) risers; parking garage precast concrete||$3,475,000|
|S&W Waterproofing Inc.||Expansion joint covers, arena precast riser caulking||$203,000|
|Skold Door Co.||Overhead and coiling doors and grilles||$240,000|
|Sports Facility Acoustics||Acoustic baffle system||$318,000|
|StageRight Co.||Aluminum handrails||$74,000|
|Stephens & Smith||Concrete floor stain work||$168,000|
|Stephenson School Supply Co.||Metal lockers||$77,000|
|Swanson Gentleman Hart||Elevator smoke containment systems||$31,000|
|Uleman Enterprises||Site irrigation systems||$58,000|
|Universal Restoration Inc.||Tile work||$1,178,000|
|NA: Not available|
|Note: All amounts rounded to nearest thousand. Some contracts included work on the larger convention center complex that includes the arena.|
|Sources: Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal research, Kiewit Construction Co., Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority|