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CenturyLink Center is an arena and convention center facility in the North Downtown neighborhood in Omaha, Nebraska. The 1.1 million ft² facility has an 18,975-seat arena, a 194,000-ft² exhibition hall and 62,000 ft² of meeting space.
The arena opened in 2003 as Qwest Center Omaha. It adopted its current name on July 15, 2011 as part of a $22 billion buyout of Qwest by CenturyLink (formerly CenturyTel). All signage, inside and outside, was changed to conform to the new arena name; lighting was also be switched (from blue to green). The transition was expected to be completed by August 1, 2011; the outside name changes were finally completed on December 20, 2011.
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. The arena's primary tenants are the Creighton University men's basketball team, and beginning in 2013 the University of Nebraska-Omaha's men's hockey team will call the arena home.
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 architectural firm DLR Group. 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, the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Wrestling Championships, and the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. It was also home to the WWE Judgment Day 2008 pay-per-view, as well as other events from WWE.
The 2008 USA Swimming Summer Olympic Trials were hosted over eight days at the Qwest Center and on June 29, 2009 it was announced the trials would return again in 2012. The 2008 event averaged more than 12,000 spectators each night.
A portion of the roof, "The Hat", was damaged by a storm on June 27, 2008. There was no structural damage, but 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.
In 2011 it was announced the name would be changed to CenturyLink Center Omaha.Advertisement:
- CenturyLink Center
455 N. 10th St Omaha, NE 68102
Call at (402) 341-1500
- City of Omaha
- DLR Group
- CenturyLink, Inc.
- Qwest Center
- Behind Sections 109 and 126
Lots A-G adjacent to the facilit - General
Connected to the facility - Parking Garage
Standard & Specialty Concessions
- Throughout the facility
- Main Level behind Section 116
- Bluejays' WBB Travels to Face #19 Nebraska at 11 am on Saturday
- Tuesdays with the Bluejays (2013-14)
- Men's Basketball Hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday
- Volleyball Has Four Earn All-Region Honors From AVCA
- Pair of Men’s Soccer Players Earn NSCAA All-Region Honors
- Outside at Sections 110 and 114 only.
- Varies per event