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Qwest Center Omaha
Qwest Center Omaha Logo.JPG
Location 455 N 10th St
Omaha, Nebraska, 68102-1151
Coordinates 41°15′45.60″N 95°55′41.54″W / 41.262667°N 95.9282056°W / 41.262667; -95.9282056
Broke ground 2001
Opened September 2003
Expanded 2006
Owner City of Omaha
Operator Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA)
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost USD $ 291 million
Capacity 18,300 (concerts)
17,560 (basketball)
16,680 (hockey)
Tenants
Creighton Bluejays (NCAA) (2003 – present)
UNO Mavericks (NCAA) (2003 – present)

Qwest Center Omaha is an arena and convention center facility in the NoDo neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska. The 1.1 million ft² facility has an 18,300-seat arena, a 194,000-ft² exhibition hall and 62,000 ft² of meeting space. The arena hosts various basketball games, hockey games, professional wrestling events and concerts. Another notable event held there is the annual shareholders meeting of Omaha-based conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway. Other names for the facility are "The Qwest", "The Riverfront Center", "The Omaha Convention Center & Arena".

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History

In 2000, Omaha voters approved a $216 million bond issue to build a new convention center and arena; the remainder of the $291 million project was provided by private organizations and individuals. The facility design was led by DLR Group, a national architecture and engineering firm. Naming rights to the arena were purchased by Qwest.

Qwest Center Omaha opened in September 2003 with an initial seating capacity of 17,000 for concerts, 15,500 for basketball, and 14,700 for hockey. In 2006, a $5.7-million expansion of the arena increased capacity by approximately 1,500 seats.

The Qwest Center displaced the 1954 Omaha Civic Auditorium as the premier indoor arena in the city. The venerable Ak-Sar-Ben Coliseum was closed in 2002 and was demolished in 2005.

The arena hosted games in the first and second rounds of the 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, and will host the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Wrestling Championships. It was also home to the WWE Judgment Day 2008 pay-per-view, as well as other events from the WWE.

The 2008 USA Swimming Summer Olympic Trials were hosted over eight days at the Qwest Center and on June 29th, 2009 it was announced the trials would return again in 2012. The 2008 event averaged more than 12,000 spectators each night. [1]

Part of the first and second round games for the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament will be held on either March 15 and March 17 or March 16 and March 18th.

A portion of the roof, "The Hat", was damaged by a storm on June 27, 2008. There was no structural damage, however, the damage caused water to pour into parts of the Qwest Center, flowed down two sets of arena steps and onto the deck of the competition pool for the USA Swimming Summer Olympic Trials. The schedule for the trials went on as scheduled.[2]

Tenants

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Attendance history

Top 10 Largest Home Crowds at Qwest Center Omaha, Creighton History
[citation needed]

Rank Attendance Opponent Result Date
1 17,954 Wichita State W 68-56 Dec 28, 2008
2 17,607 Drexel L 58-64 Feb 17, 2007
3 17,459 Southern Illinois L 57-58 Jan 20, 2007
4 17,411 George Mason W 76-63 Feb 21, 2009
5 17,371 Indiana State W 86-69 Jan 19, 2008
6 17,263 Indiana State W 71-55 Jan 27, 2007
7 17,193 Drake L 62-74 Jan 24, 2009
8 17,116 Illinois State W 74-70 Feb 28, 2009
9 17,110 Wichita State W 71-54 Feb 24, 2007
10 17,053 #22 Drake L 60-68 Jan 22, 2008

Records and milestones

The Qwest Center holds several NCAA attendance records, especially in college volleyball. Qwest Center owns the top three NCAA tournament attendance record. The highest attendance to ever watch a volleyball match in the United States occurred when 17,340 fans watched the 2008 NCAA National Semifinal match between Penn State and Nebraska. The second highest attendance in NCAA tournament history occurred when 17,209 fans watched Nebraska defeat Stanford for the 2006 NCAA championship. For the 2008 NCAA National Championship, 14,299 people watched Penn State defeat Stanford, the third highest attendance in NCAA tournament history and just two days after the Qwest Center broke the attendance record for the semifinals.[3]

On the evening of December 28, 2008, the largest crowd to ever watch a basketball game in Nebraska occurred when 17,954 fans witnessed the game between Creighton University and Wichita State University.[citation needed] This crowd was also the largest crowd to witness a Missouri Valley Conference regular season Men's basketball game.[citation needed]

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Preceded by
Omaha Civic Auditorium
Home of
Creighton Bluejays Men's Basketball

2003 – present
Succeeded by
Current
Preceded by
Omaha Civic Auditorium
Home of
UNO Mavericks Men's Hockey

2003 – present
Succeeded by
Current

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