SBJ/November 24 - 30, 2003/Facilities

City finishes Qwest for new arena

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
Kone Inc. Escalators $970,000
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
Stonhard Epoxy flooring $34,000
Swanson Gentleman Hart Elevator smoke containment systems $31,000
Therm-Seal Inc. Fireproofing $383,000
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

 

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