CREATED Oct. 25, 2012
Omaha, NE - It doesn't look like much now, but the vacant field near 64th and Center in Omaha could become home to a new 7,500-seat arena for UNO's basketball, hockey, and volleyball teams. If approved, the $76-million arena will be the Metro's 5th. We asked residents if that's too many.
"Let's utilize what we have, look at the Century Link Center, look at the Civic Center that isn't even being used, look at Ralston just had one, look at the one out in Sarpy County. I mean no I don't think we do need one," Linda Dye said.
"I think it's a good idea, I think it helps promote what the campus and community is trying to do with Aksarben Village. I also think it's a show of support for the remaining athletics within the University," Anne Stockmann said.
So who will pay for the proposed arena? Thirty-one million dollars will come from developer financing, another $35 million from private donations, and $10 million could come from Omaha taxpayers and others.
Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle says he's had no discussions with UNO about using taxpayer dollars to fund the project.
"I will be very very cautious about any commitment of that amount of money at this point in time, i'm open to talk about it.," Mayor Jim Suttle said.
The Board of Regents is expected to vote on the proposed arena Friday.