dmluvr wrote:One thing that seemed kind of funny on how identical WFA and tyson's sky boxes look.
DMRyan wrote:Holy hell, Phillips Arena's are nice! That could be a yacht or ultra luxrious tour bus if I didn't already know what I was looking at.
dmluvr wrote:even then, i think sioux city will be alright.
DMRyan wrote:I long for the day that Sioux City is able to show up Sioux Falls again. I don't know why I get such a kick out of it, but I do.
Sioux City has the architecture, history and infrastructure to become a great city again. That's something Sioux Falls couldn't create with all the credit card and bank companies in the world locating there. Sioux Falls would still be a city of 100,000 people if it weren't for the cheap taxes.
Not 1, not 2, but 3 arenas possible in Lincoln
BY PAUL HAMMEL
LINCOLN - The Capital City may soon become "Arena City."
Wednesday, a consultant recommended that Lincoln build a 10,000- to 12,000-seat arena and seek a private partner to construct a convention center. Both would make the city more competitive for state meetings and sports tournaments, the consultant said.
The report comes on the heels of a proposal to build an 8,000-seat arena at the Lancaster Events Center, on the east edge of Lincoln.
And, the Nebraska State Fair - for which voters approved $2 million a year in state lottery funding in November - is looking at building a convention center of its own.
The developments have some Lincoln leaders asking if the city can support so many projects.
"I would hope there would be some coordination and someone would take a look at the big picture: what we need at what priority, and can some of these needs collaborate," said Ray Stevens, chairman of the Lancaster County Board.
The study, released at a press conference on Wednesday by Conventions, Sports and Leisure of Minneapolis, was designed to look at the feasibility of a new arena/convention center to replace the 48-year-old, 6,500-seat Pershing Auditorium.
The two main conclusions:
? There is not enough demand for a stand-alone convention center in Lincoln like Omaha's Qwest Center, though a partnership with a hotel should be sought to build a 30,000-square-foot meeting facility.
? Pershing is outdated, and Lincoln needs a new arena of 10,000-12,000 seats to compete for concerts, keep state sports tournaments and maintain a high quality of life. Such a facility needs to be larger than Council Bluffs' 8,000-seat Mid-America Center, the consultant said.
The consultant identified five potential sites for the arena, which would cost upwards of $45 million.
A site on the north side of the Haymarket district - where the current downtown Post Office is located - had the most positive attributes, according to the consultant. It was closest to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, which would be approached as a potential financial partner.
But several questions were raised at the press conference about whether all the planned Lincoln projects would be feasible, and why the consultant hadn't suggested partnering with the state fair, which has available land and now, money.
John Kaatz of Conventions, Sports and Leisure said the three projects would serve different purposes: the events center arena was focused on horse shows, while the state fair project would likely host local home, antique and garden shows.
A convention center and arena, he said, really needs to be downtown, near entertainment venues and hotels, to draw out-of-town visitors, which provide the largest economic impact.
Jim Fram, the executive director of the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, said the recommendations were a first step. The next steps, he said, are an economic impact study and a closer look at the potential arena sites.
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