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Pinnacle Bank Arena

DLR Group

Project Name

Pinnacle Bank Arena


400 Pinnacle Arena Drive


Project Status


Year Completed



470,400 sq. feet

Construction Cost



City of Lincoln


  • James Jaros
  • Stanley Meradith
  • Greg Garlock



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Project Description

The centerpiece of a new $340 million development located adjacent to Lincoln's famed historic Haymarket District, Pinnacle Bank Arena provides the city—and the entire state of Nebraska — with a top quality multipurpose venue that provides patrons with an amazing fan experience. DLR Group's design for the facility takes full advantage of its site by featuring a multi-story glass-fronted lobby that not only gives passers-by a peek at the activity taking place inside on all levels of the building, but also allows patrons inside the facility to look out to the new development, the Haymarket, downtown Lincoln and Nebraska's famed state capitol beyond. Designed around the ability to host University of Nebraska men's and women's basketball games in the most intense atmosphere possible, the venue also easily accommodates concerts, ice events, high school state tournaments and nearly every other event-type imaginable.

The nearly 16,000-seat arena encompassed approximately 470,000 SF. The event level features dedicated locker suites for the University's teams, numerous other locker facilities, event staging, storage and a dedicated student entry for Husker basketball games. In addition to general patron seating, the lower seating bowl features 900 club seats and a dedicated club lounge located immediately behind them on the main concourse. Thirty-six twelve-person suites and twenty four person loge boxes, along with generous lounge space and other amenities such as a custom pizza oven, are featured on the premium level. The upper deck features a unique ‘split-deck' design that allows upper concourse patrons a view to the event floor below. This feature also allows the seats located in the top seating bowl to pull closer to the floor, helping to create an intimidating wall of fans surrounding the event taking place below. DLR Group provided architecture, interiors, and engineering services.

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