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CenturyLink Center Omaha

    Creighton’s home for men’s basketball is CenturyLink Center Omaha. The newly-renamed (it had been Qwest Center Omaha from 2003-11) facility is located on a 421-acre site of the former Union Pacific Railroad yards, just a few blocks from the historic Old Market and three miles from Eppley Airfield.

    Built for $291 million and finished in the fall of 2003, the facility is a key element in the continued renovation and development of Omaha’s riverfront.

    Among the amenities at CenturyLink Center Omaha are seven locker rooms, five dressing rooms and a media interview room. The Creighton locker room contains secure, wood-paneled lockers and is located just a short walk off the court.

    Daktronics, Inc. is responsible for the $2.1 million scoreboard which hangs from the arena center. The scoreboard is more than 16 feet in height and approximately 38 feet in diameter. Daktronics, Inc.’s integrated system includes a custom eight-sided scoreboard with ProStar® video displays, two large ProAd® digital advertising and information displays, auxiliary scoreboards, two-sided shot/game clocks, locker room clocks, and ticket window displays.

    Twelve permanent concession stands and 20 free-standing kiosks help feed crowds of up to 17,260 for basketball and 18,300 for concerts.

    CenturyLink Center Omaha provides more than 194,000 square feet of exhibition space, and the Exhibit Hall can hold dinners for up to 15,000 people at once. Downtown Omaha’s 40-story First National Bank Tower could be laid down inside the length of the exhibit space.

    Attached to the facility via a skywalk is the eight-story, 600-room Hilton Omaha hotel. That $71-million building opened in April 2004.

    Money for CenturyLink Center Omaha came from private donations, taxes and projected revenue from the facility.

    CenturyLink, which recently bought Qwest, is paying $14 million over 15 years for the naming rights to the arena.

    The 2008 calendar year marked the best one yet at CenturyLink Center Omaha. The facility hosted the first and second rounds of the 2008 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships in March, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming in July and the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championships in December. It will host the second and third rounds of the 2012 NCAA Basketball Championships.

    The facility has also hosted concerts by bands such as Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Matthews Band, Billy Joel, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2, KISS, Jonas Brothers, Aerosmith, Simon & Garfunkel, Prince, Miley Cyrus, Van Halen, ZZ Top, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, Alan Jackson, Elton John and The Who.

    More than 1,700 new seats were added to the upper deck on the north side of the building during the summer of 2006, moving capacity to 17,260 for basketball.

    Located just west of CenturyLink Center Omaha, in the former location of parking lots C and E, is TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, the home of Creighton Baseball and the NCAA Men’s College World Series.

 

CenturyLink Center Omaha Facts

Cost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$291 million
Seating Capacity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18,300 (Concerts), 17,272 (Basketball)
Architect . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DLR Group
Square Footage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1,100,000 square feet
Arena Height . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .90 feet
Adjoining Hotel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Hilton Omaha (600 rooms)
Construction Timeline . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . March 2001-September 2003
Luxury Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32
Parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4,500 parking spaces on the premises
First Private Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Grand Funk Railroad (Concert)
First Public Event . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..River City Roundup (Rodeo)
First Basketball Game . . . . . . . . . . . . .Minnesota vs. Atlanta (NBA Exhibition)
First Regular-Season CU Game . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Creighton 79, San Diego 44

What Others Have Said About CenturyLink Center Omaha

Attendance

    “I coached in the Big 12 the last four years and there is no venue to play college basketball better in the United States than CenturyLink Center Omaha. A lot of it has to do with number one, it’s a beautiful facility. Number two, the people that show up there and support their team with enthusiasm, with the great knowledge of the game. It’s become a very difficult place to play and we intend to make it even a more difficult place to play.”
- Creighton coach Greg McDermott (April 27, 2010)

    “Creighton finished 20th among all Division I schools with an average of 13,900 fans per game - a jump of more than 2,692 from the previous season. That's better than reigning national champion Florida (10,851) and a host of other major programs, including Texas (13,024), Oklahoma (11,805), Oklahoma State (11,591), Michigan (10,690), Pittsburgh (10,624) and Villanova (9,949).” - Andrew Skwara, rivals.com (Aug. 11, 2006)

The Arena
“Creighton is the league’s crown jewel. It boasts an NBA-caliber arena, the CenturyLink Center Omaha, where the Bluejays average 14,387 fans.” - Stewart Mandel, Sports Illustrated (Feb. 20, 2006

The Atmosphere
“The crowd did a great job. And there’s no doubt in my mind that the energy they provided gave us a chance to win the game.” - Former Creighton coach Dana Altman (Nov. 28, 2005)



    “This building has a lot better atmosphere to it (than the Civic). It’s a great home-court environment. I felt the crowd was really good for them today. You’ve got to give the crowd credit. A lot of crowds throughout the country just go away, and they didn’t do that.  It was a very active crowd and a crowd that supports the team and the way they play.”
- New Mexico coach Steve Alford (Nov. 16, 2008)

    "I told our team before the game that this is one of the greatest college venues in the country. The fans are very respectful of the opponent, which I appreciate because we've played in some places that get kind of nasty with the vulgarities that are used. Here, the fans are classy in the way they support their own program and still show respect for the opponent."
- George Mason head coach Jim Larranaga (Feb. 21, 2009)

    “I’m five feet away from (referee) Gerry Pollard calling timeout, and he can’t even hear me. That’s an unbelievable environment, one that’s a credit to what Coach Altman has created here. When you come here, you have to play your best.” - Southern Illinois coach Chris Lowery (Jan. 22, 2007)


Parking Lot Changes

 

Parking Lot Changes
  • New parking lots are in light blue.
  • Parking Lots A and D have been expanded.
  • The parking lot located under the interstate north of Davenport Street and east of 12th Street is Lot E.
  • The parking lot located under the interstate south of Cass Street and west of 12th Street is Lot F.
  • The parking lot on the former Swanson/Pinnacle property is Lot G. The entrance to this lot is south of Davenport Street and east of 12th Street.
  • The former Parking Lots C and E are closed to make way for the Omaha Baseball Stadium.
We appreciate your patience as Omaha takes its events to the next level with a new world-class Stadium!

 

CenturyLink Center Omaha Driving Directions

Click here to download a printable version of the driving directions. (447 KB PDF)

FROM EPPLEY AIRFIELD

 

· Turn left out of the airport terminal drive onto Abbott Drive heading southbound.
· Travel southbound on Abbott Drive to 10th Street.
· Turn left onto 10th Street.
· CenturyLink Center Omaha surface parking lots are located on both the east side and the west side of 10th Street, across from and north of the CenturyLink Center Omaha. Access is from 10th Street and Abbott Drive. (total travel distance is 3.3 miles)

FROM I-80 WESTBOUND (DES MOINES) AND I-29 NORTHBOUND (KANSAS CITY)

· I-29 northbound merges with I-80 westbound in Council Bluffs. Travel on I-80 westbound.
· Exit off of I-80 at Exit 1A and follow I-29 northbound.
· Exit off of I-29 onto I-480 westbound to Omaha.
· Just across the Missouri River Bridge, exit off of I-480 at Exit 4 – Dodge Street.
· Follow Dodge Street to 10th Street, and turn right on 10th Street.
· CenturyLink Center Omaha is on your right. Drop-off access is at the front of the building in the driveway on your right, which is the east side of 10th Street.
· CenturyLink Center Omaha surface parking lots are located on both the east side and the west side of 10th Street, across from and north of the CenturyLink Center Omaha. (total travel distance is 6.2 miles from the I-80/I-29 merge)

FROM I-29 SOUTHBOUND (SIOUX CITY)

· Travel southbound on I-29.
· Exit off of I-29 at Exit 53B to I-480 westbound.
· Exit off of I-480 at Exit 4 – Dodge Street.
· Follow Dodge Street to 10th Street, and turn right on 10th Street.
· CenturyLink Center Omaha is on your right. Drop-off access is at the front of the building in the driveway on your right, which is the east side of 10th Street.
· CenturyLink Center Omaha surface parking lots are located on both the east side and the west side of 10th Street, across from and north of the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

FROM COUNCIL BLUFFS (WEST BROADWAY)

· Travel westbound on West Broadway.
· West Broadway becomes I-480 as it crosses the Missouri River Bridge.
· Exit off of I-480 at Exit 4 – Dodge Street.
· Follow Dodge Street to 10th Street, and turn right on 10th Street.
· CenturyLink Center Omaha is on your right. Drop-off access is at the front of the building in the driveway on your right, which is the east side of 10th Street.
· CenturyLink Center Omaha surface parking lots are located on both the east side and the west side of 10th Street, across from and north of the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

FROM I-680 (EASTBOUND OR WESTBOUND)

· Exit 30th Street.
· Travel southbound on 30th Street 2.9 miles.
· Just past Fort Street, veer left toward the North Freeway. From there, you have two options:
 
Option 1
  Veer right, following the signs onto Highway 75 (to I-480).
· Veer left at the I-480 split, following I-480 eastbound.
· Exit I-480 at exit 3A – 14th Street.
· Travel southbound on 14th Street one half block to Capitol Avenue.
· Turn left onto Capitol Avenue, and travel eastbound on Capitol Avenue to 10th Street.
· Turn left on 10th Street and travel northbound on 10th Street.
· CenturyLink Center Omaha is on your right. Drop-off access is at the front of the building in the driveway on your right, which is the east side of 10th Street. (total travel distance is 7.3 miles from I680)

Option 2
· Turn left onto Storz Expressway toward Eppley Airfield.
· The Storz Expressway becomes Abbott Drive.
· Travel southbound on Abbott Drive to 10th Street.
· Turn left onto 10th Street. (total travel distance is 9.2 miles from I-680; longer distance, but offers a nice view and less traffic)
· CenturyLink Center Omaha surface parking lots are located on both the east side and the west side of 10th Street, across from and north of the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

FROM I-80 (EASTBOUND FROM LINCOLN AND NORTHBOUND FROM BELLEVUE)

· From the I-80/I-480/H-75 interchange, follow the signs to I-480/H-75 North – Downtown.
· Exit off of I-480 at Exit 3A – 14th Street.
· Travel southbound on 14th Street one half block to Capitol Avenue.
· Turn left onto Capitol Avenue, and travel eastbound on Capitol Avenue to 10th Street.
· Turn left on 10th Street and travel northbound on 10th Street.
· CenturyLink Center Omaha is on your right. Drop-off access is at the front of the building in the driveway on your right, which is the east side of 10th Street.
· CenturyLink Center Omaha surface parking lots are located on both the east side and the west side of 10th Street, across from and north of the CenturyLink Center Omaha. (total travel distance is 3.6 miles from the I-80/I-480/H-75 interchange)

OR

· From the I-80/I-480/H-75 interchange, follow I-480 to North H-75.
· Exit off of North H-75 at the Cuming Street Exit.
· Turn right on Cuming Street and travel eastbound on Cuming Street to 10th Street.
· Turn right on 10th Street and travel southbound on 10th Street.
· CenturyLink Center Omaha is on your left. Drop-off access is at the front of the building in the driveway, on the east side of 10th Street.
· CenturyLink Center Omaha surface parking lots are located on both the east side and the west side of 10th Street, across from and north of the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

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