Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center and D.J. Sokol Arena

Dedicated on Aug. 28, 2009, the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center and D.J. Sokol Arena, a 78,134 square-foot facility, houses a gymnasium seating 2,500, women’s basketball and volleyball coaches’ offices, locker rooms, ticket offices, athletic training and meeting rooms, media workrooms and much more. The arena is also expected to be used for other campus and community events including campus assemblies, coaching camps/clinics, concerts, speakers, and high school graduations. MORE


What They are Saying About the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center

Features

-Arena seating for 2,500 in a state-of-the-art environment.

-Offices and locker rooms for women's basketball, volleyball, men's soccer and women's soccer.

-Locker rooms for officials serving both arena and Morrison Stadium events.

-Media workrooms, Athletics and hospitality meeting areas, athletics training rooms and ticket offices.

Purposes

-A competition site for women's basketball and volleyball.

-A meeting place for Creighton students, faculty and staff.

-A practice site for men's basketball, women's basketball, volleyball and others.

-A community resource for smaller concerts, speakers and programs.

-A host site for high school basketball games and tournaments.

-A venue for high school graduations.

 


Allie Oelke
Volleyball

“It is a dream come true to know that my junior and senior seasons we will be competing in the new Ryan Athletic Center. I’ve played in and seen many different arenas around the country and the 2,500 seat arena that we are building will be one of the best. That is the perfect size for an incredible volleyball atmosphere. I can’t wait to get on the court and play in front of a packed house. It is incredible to know that this dream is on its way to becoming a reality.”


Jim Flanery
WBB Coach

"This is an exciting time for the women's basketball and volleyball programs here at Creighton. The Ryan Athletic Center is visible proof of the commitment by our university and our community to the continued growth in opportunities for women. We are thrilled to have a venue on campus that we can call our own. I think it's a great testament to the vision of what our volleyball and women's basketball programs can become, and I believe it gives us every opportunity to build on the traditions within our women's programs. I believe the Ryan Athletic Center will soon become a place for both students and the Omaha community to come and have fun supporting the Jays!"


Kirsten
Bernthal Booth
VB Coach

“It truly is an exciting time to be at Creighton University and particularly as a student-athlete. With over $200 million of construction and renovations taking place on campus, it would be hard to find a more cutting-edge campus. Additionally, the growth of our athletic facilities is unprecedented. Morrison Stadium, our soccer facility, was completed in 2003 and is arguably the best soccer facility in the country. Our men’s basketball team plays in the incredible Qwest Center Omaha which was completed in 2003. This state-of-the-art facility also hosted the record breaking 2006 Volleyball Final Four and again will be hosting the Final Four in 2008. When Creighton commits to a project, they make sure it is the best. The Ryan Athletic Center, in my opinion, will be one of the top venues in the country for volleyball and women’s basketball. It is a great time to be a Bluejay!”


Kelsey Woodard
Women's Basketball

"I think it is a great opportunity and we are very fortunate to be able to have our own place. It will be nice to be able to play where we practice every day and I think it will help give us even more of a home-court advantage."


Directions
Ryan Athletic Center & D.J. Sokol Arena
701 Florence Boulevard
Omaha, NE 68178

Going West on I-80
Traveling west on Interstate 80 from Des Moines as you approach the state line, take Interstate 29 North. Go 1.4 miles before getting in the left lane and exit left onto Interstate 480 West, crossing into Nebraska. Take the 14th Street exit (exit 3). Stay straight to go onto Cass Street. Turn right onto Florence Boulevard. Facility will be on your right.

From I-29 North
Traveling north on Interstate 29, take I-80 West at the convergence of the two interstates in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Follow the above directions from I-80 West.

Going East on I-80
Traveling east on Interstate 80 from Lincoln, take Interstate 480 North to downtown Omaha.  Continue on I-480 North to I-480 East, taking the Capitol/Civic Auditorium exit.  At the stop light, turn left (north) on 19th Street. D.J. Sokol Arena will be on your right in 0.4 miles.

From Eppley Airfield
When leaving the terminal, turn left (south) on Abbott Drive and follow toward downtown Omaha. Abbott Drive will turn into Cuming Street.  Take Cuming Street to 18th Street and turn left (south). Proceed two blocks and the facility will be on your right, just past Mystery Manor.

Mapquest to facility

Additional Links
Live Webcam
Click here to view a live webcam of the facility
Ryan Center/D.J. Sokol Arena Fun Facts
About the Donors
Getting To Know D.J. Sokol (Video)
Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center/D.J. Sokol Arena Fun Facts


Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center/D.J. Sokol Arena Photo Galleries

North Wall Mural (Oct. 27, 2010)
Women's Basketball Game Day Photos
Aug. 5, 2009 (D.J. Sokol Arena interior)
July 27, 2009 (Construction)

June 25, 2009 (D.J. Sokol Arena interior)
June 4, 2009 (Construction)

March 23, 2009 (Construction)
Feb. 7, 2009 (Construction)
Feb. 4, 2009 (Construction)
Jan. 9, 2009 (Construction)
Dec. 15, 2008 (Construction)
Nov. 21, 2008 (Construction)
Nov. 14, 2008 (Construction)
Oct. 10, 2008 (Construction)
Oct. 3, 2008 (Construction)
Sept. 26, 2008 (Construction)

Oct. 16, 2007 (Groundbreaking)

To Donate
For additional information, e-mail Bruce Rasmussen at bdrass@creighton.edu or call him at (402) 280-2720.

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