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Red Cows
02-11-2014, 04:19 PM
Despite the lack of any official groundbreaking notice by the school, construction has begun of UNO's new arena. Coach Blais, in an interview on USCHO Live in November alluded to some sort of December groundbreaking, but this did not occur as he said and I have corresponded with the Omaha World Herald on the topic (during the 3rd week of December) and they knew of no date for any sort of grounbreaking "ceremony", either. So, quietly, it would seem, construction has commenced.

Here is the new construction web cam (Hi-def) at the site:

http://www.truelook.com/clients/tetrad-unoarena/?full

The arena site is on the very far southwest extreme edge of the UNO campus. There is little to no development to the south, which is why the arena site looks "lonely" on the web cam. Immediately to the north across the street is the Aksarben Village development:

http://aksarbenvillage.com/

For you Diner's Drive-ins, and Dives aficionados, across the street from the site, immediately to the east is Amato's:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/restaurants/ne/omaha/amatos-restaurant.html

Sam Amato, the owner, appears to have big plans for his restaurant because of his proximity to it:

http://www.omaha.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20121126/NEWS/711269942

Be advised that the "private developer partner" mentioned in the World Herald article, Scott-Woodbury-Wiegert, is no longer involved in the project.

UNO is currently soliciting applications for a General Manager of the facility as well:

http://agency.governmentjobs.com/unomaha/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=795486

The facility is as yet unnamed except for the current moniker "UNO Community Arena" a name I have a hard time believing it will end up with, long term.

Here are some pics:

http://absolutedsm.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&p=96311

The architect is HDR of Omaha:

http://www.hdrinc.com/portfolio/uno-arena

And the general contractor is Kiewit Construction of Omaha:

http://www.omahadailyrecord.com/index.cfm?show=10&mid=205

The construction crane is now on-site. In fact, there are two of them.

This has been posted, elsewhere, before, but, here is the video depiction of the facility:

http://www.omavs.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?id=3070359

I'll post updates here as they arise and I encourage anyone else that wishes to do so as well.

Red Cows
02-18-2014, 08:11 PM
Here is a construction update on the arena dated today from the Athletic Department. This is covered in the first segment of the 7+ minute video. The rest of it is unrelated to it. Dave Ahlers (who hosts the video) neglects to mention that he is the radio voice of UNO hockey as well:

http://www.omavs.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?catid=78412&id=3201909

Air Force would seem an odd choice of opponents to have the honor of being the team to open our new building.

That said, Air Force’s Head Coach is Frank Serratore, who was formerly the Head Coach of the Omaha Lancers and Air Force is whom UNO defeated for the first win in program history. Obviously, I have no idea whether either thing played a role in Air Force getting the honor of opening our building. Taking either/or into account, it’s still an odd choice.

I tell you what would have been a lot better. An exhibition game against the Husker’s ACHA team, something that has never happened but has been discussed a couple times. You wouldn’t have been able to get near the place (you won’t, probably, anyway, though).

My real preference would have been Michigan (1st choice by virtue of being former CCHA brethren) or North Dakota (my 2nd choice). Or, possibly, Minnesota State (the Purple Cows who, up to this year we've played every year and have a traveling trophy with) or Alaska, who we have played more times than any other program in college hockey. ANY of these would have been better choices than Air Force (with apologies to the service academies).

Oh, well, Air Force it is, I guess.

MAVFANJEFF
02-18-2014, 08:39 PM
They did a nice job on the 2 videos. Having Air Force here might be a blessing in disguise. Inviting an opponent that won't likely have many fans at the game leaves more seats for the rest of us. The weasels UNL or NoDak would have overwhelmed the place. I did see a few people this past weekend at the games who were wearing red sweaters that said Husker Hockey on them. You can bet your boots Eichorst will announce the start of their div1 team by the time our arena opens. They already have the arena.

Red Cows
02-18-2014, 09:46 PM
They did a nice job on the 2 videos. Having Air Force here might be a blessing in disguise. Inviting an opponent that won't likely have many fans at the game leaves more seats for the rest of us. The weasels UNL or NoDak would have overwhelmed the place. I did see a few people this past weekend at the games who were wearing red sweaters that said Husker Hockey on them. You can bet your boots Eichorst will announce the start of their div1 team by the time our arena opens. They already have the arena.

I thought about this being a problem with appearances by those teams. My ASSUMPTION, though, is that there'd be few tickets for the enemy to lay their hands on. Presumably, the place will be sold out before the season starts for every game? Right? ;)

MplsSioux
02-19-2014, 09:23 AM
Here is a construction update on the arena dated today from the Athletic Department. This is covered in the first segment of the 7+ minute video. The rest of it is unrelated to it. Dave Ahlers (who hosts the video) neglects to mention that he is the radio voice of UNO hockey as well:

http://www.omavs.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?catid=78412&id=3201909

Air Force would seem an odd choice of opponents to have the honor of being the team to open our new building.

That said, Air Forceís Head Coach is Frank Serratore, who was formerly the Head Coach of the Omaha Lancers and Air Force is whom UNO defeated for the first win in program history. Obviously, I have no idea whether either thing played a role in Air Force getting the honor of opening our building. Taking either/or into account, itís still an odd choice.

I tell you what would have been a lot better. An exhibition game against the Huskerís ACHA team, something that has never happened but has been discussed a couple times. You wouldnít have been able to get near the place (you wonít, probably, anyway, though).

My real preference would have been Michigan (1st choice by virtue of being former CCHA brethren) or North Dakota (my 2nd choice). Or, possibly, Minnesota State (the Purple Cows who, up to this year we've played every year and have a traveling trophy with) or Alaska, who we have played more times than any other program in college hockey. ANY of these would have been better choices than Air Force (with apologies to the service academies).

Oh, well, Air Force it is, I guess.

I would have loved if North Dakota would have been the opening night team, could only hope we could have helped you open the arena the same way we did Amsoil in Duluth with a 5-0 win!

In all seriousness though I'm really excited for this arena to open. It looks beautiful and I had a great time visiting Omaha for the outdoor game so I'll be in attendance for the first UND series!

MAVFANJEFF
02-19-2014, 10:15 AM
I thought about this being a problem with appearances by those teams. My ASSUMPTION, though, is that there'd be few tickets for the enemy to lay their hands on. Presumably, the place will be sold out before the season starts for every game? Right? ;)
What I'd love to see is the opener this coming fall against the Canadian school to be part of a double header in the Ralston arena with the Lancers playing the Stars. Get as many people packed in that barn as possible and have one hell of a party.

Red Cows
02-20-2014, 01:44 AM
What I'd love to see is the opener this coming fall against the Canadian school to be part of a double header in the Ralston arena with the Lancers playing the Stars. Get as many people packed in that barn as possible and have one hell of a party.

You know, that isn't a bad idea, either. I never thought of that.

Manitoba would be the obvious choice there, too.

Of course, it is asking a lot of the UNO Athletic Department to actually give this some thought and actually do something cool, clueless as they are.

For you outsiders, UNO is successful at the gate in spite of itself, not because of itself. I shudder to think what might be possible with well thought out, effective promotion of this program.

Red Cows
02-20-2014, 02:08 AM
Our old home is for sale. Anybody care to buy it?

https://www.facebook.com/MavpuckPage/posts/10151972790152921

http://www.omaha.com/article/20140219/NEWS/140218534

We sold out every game we ever played there.

131 straight sellouts at "The Bullpen" (something all UNO fans should be proud of), which seated 8,314 for hockey.

MAVFANJEFF
02-20-2014, 07:38 PM
You know, that isn't a bad idea, either. I never thought of that.

Manitoba would be the obvious choice there, too.

Of course, it is asking a lot of the UNO Athletic Department to actually give this some thought and actually do something cool, clueless as they are.

For you outsiders, UNO is successful at the gate in spite of itself, not because of itself. I shudder to think what might be possible with well thought out, effective promotion of this program.

my other brilliant idea if you can call it that,,,, Have an outdoor double header on Caniglia Field. Instead of putting a rink on tdamerifraid park do it on campus keep more of the revenue. 2 problems though. No beer on campus and I have no idea how many seats are there. If they could get some of those portable bleachers and put them close to the ice behind the goal we shoot at that would be nice. Have a $10 hot cocoa all you can drink deal. Charge $8 for parking, use the crossroads garage with shuttle buses. They could probably get 1st Data on board and use their lots too. I just don't know enough about the seating there to cling to the idea. Someone needs to hypnotize Trev and Mike Kemp and tell them to do these 2 things. I thought when they tore down Rosenblatt that UNO should have gone after some of the old bleacher seats.

"131 straight sellouts at "The Bullpen" (something all UNO fans should be proud of), which seated 8,314 for hockey. "

my 2 greatest thrills there,1) the playin game against BGSU 2)shaking Greg Zanon's hand and thanking him for all the great memories on autograph night. Other less significant memories include the cage match with the Crusher, Baron Von Raske, Mad Dog Vachon and some other fat out of shape wrestler who's name I can't remember and the Shrine Circus.

MAVFANJEFF
02-21-2014, 09:27 AM
Speaking of the Ralston arena and the Lancers:
http://www.omaha.com/article/20140220/NEWS/140229882/1694#hockey-game-between-omaha-officers-firefighters-to-benefit-muscular-dystrophy-association
I think the mayor should referee the contest now that the police and fire unions hate her guts.

Red Cows
02-21-2014, 09:12 PM
Think UNO needs/doesn't need their own arena?

MECA (the city created private/public entity that operates the CenturyLink Center for the city of Omaha) has committed to a concert date at the Clink that would directly conflict with a possible 3rd game of a UNO home ice NCHC tournament game on March 16th.

Unbelievable, and, par for the course for the cast of clowns that sit on the MECA board and their minions.

Here is a synopsis of the situation from Husker Mike's blog:

http://huskermike.blogspot.com/2014/02/meca-isnt-planning-on-uno-hockey.html

As a result,the school announced today (how nobody noticed this until now I'll never know) that UNO is going to have play a Thursday, Friday, Saturday (if necessary) series as a result of this stupidity. Providing we get home ice, of course.

Unreal. And talk about complete and utter disrespect, too.

They probably saw the preseason poll that had UNO picked last and figured they'd go for the sure dollars of a concert and the hell with the UNO hockey program, who are "abandoning" them and their poorly run building (as far as UNO is concerned), anyway.

Red Cows
02-25-2014, 07:25 AM
MECA and the City of Omaha have apparently finally come to the stark realization that UNO is leaving the CenturyLink Center here in Omaha:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20140225/NEWS/140229208/1685#meca-already-looking-at-life-after-uno-hockey

Even though this needed to happen for a number of reasons, MECA and the City have no one to blame for this but themselves. They could have made it financially/logistically attractive for UNO to stay. I don't think they wanted to (they can get more people in the building consistently than are there for UNO games on these primo Friday and Saturday night dates) and I think UNO realized that they had to have their own on-campus facility if they were REALLY serious about being a "hockey school". Additionally, the team's practice situation is ridiculous and untenable and has been used as a recruiting tool against UNO. This is probably a win for all involved, financially. Except that a side effect is that UNO now has to move into a facility that is really too small for their needs as a result of this.

Since it became a sure thing UNO was leaving, it has been pretty obvious that they've already been swept under the rug since the game day experience has been an exercise in the minimalist approach for some time, now.

The club seat and suite holders mentioned by Roger Dixon in the article are not UNO hockey fans, by and large, anyway. Many, many seats in club seating go unused for every hockey game with many suites being empty for them as well. This is the reason you see such a smattering of people actually at UNO games in prime seating areas when you are watching a game on TV, for example. Those seats are owned by people that did not buy them for hockey purposes. Same goes for most of the suites as well.

MAVFANJEFF
02-27-2014, 07:00 PM
Those seats are owned by people that did not buy them for hockey purposes. Same goes for most of the suites as well.

I've been kicked out of those seats a lot. Only to watch them sit empty the entire game.

Red Cows
03-05-2014, 10:19 PM
WCCO in Minneapolis takes a look at UNO recruiting (at the expense of Minnesota schools) and UNO's new arena:

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2014/03/04/omaha-ne-recruits-top-mn-boys-high-school-hockey-players/

Red Cows
04-11-2014, 10:59 AM
Development news that abuts UNO's new arena, which is still currently a mostly a hole in the ground as site prep continues:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20140411/MONEY/140419812/1685#aksarben-village-concept-could-expand-after-3-5-million-land-purchase

Here, again, is the construction web cam:

http://www.truelook.com/clients/tetrad-unoarena/?full

Red Cows
05-22-2014, 09:42 PM
Construction continues apace. New pictures:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152513459066349.1073741830.94917731348&type=1

Courtesy of Brad Williams Photography:

http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com/images/SC8A8765.jpg

http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com/images/SC8A8765_A.jpg


As does general disgust by the fanbase (me, too) of the athletic department's handling of numerous new arena matters:

http://www.mavpuck.com/mpboard/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=9666

Red Cows
05-30-2014, 12:08 AM
Video update to arena construction at UNO:

http://www.nmnathletics.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=31400&&db_oem_id=31400

Alternate YouTube link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQLRuztWxzs&feature=youtu.be

Dave Ahlers, the host of this video, is the radio voice of UNO hockey and he is also the Director of Athletic Media Relations at the school as well.

Kiewit Construction Company, the builder of the arena, is one of the 5 Fortune 500 companies that are headquartered in Omaha. They are the largest construction company in the United States and one of the largest in the world. They are the 29th largest privately held company in America with revenues in the neighborhood of 12 billion dollars and employ more than 30,000 people.

Red Cows
09-15-2014, 01:20 AM
Construction continues apace on UNO's new arena:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.744197402310827.1073741866.101744153222825&type=1

Courtesy of Brad William's Photography (his Facebook page, in this case) here in Omaha:

http://www.bradwilliamsphotography.com/

Here is a video update on the construction progress, again hosted by Dave Ahlers, the radio voice of UNO hockey, as well as the school's Director of Athletic Media Relations:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm-OCyS-LGY

The video was shot this past week. The allusion in the video about how wet it is is no lie. June was the wettest month in the city's history and, since June 1st, Omaha has had over 20" inches of rain also making this the wettest summer in the city's history. This is the greenest I have ever seen everything here at this time of the year and my yard is an absolute swamp.

Upcoming, either in the new UNO season thread or this one, I'll delineate the point system that UNO intends to use to establish who gets what seats in the new building.

Predictably, even though the school has outlined this point system publicly, there are many fans, myself included, that don't believe that the point system really "exists" or will be implemented as advertised.

Red Cows
09-30-2014, 06:06 PM
Aerial shot of unbelievably speedy arena progress being made courtesy of the Omaha Police Department chopper squad:

https://twitter.com/OPDABLE1/status/516730589085331456

I was at the site about 3 weeks ago and the progress since then is utterly amazing.

Bonin21
09-30-2014, 06:13 PM
But it's bittersweet based on your post in the ticket price thread?