The University of Nebraska board of regents on Friday unanimously approved the program statement for the new arena at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
The vote will now allow the project to move forward with fundraising and completing finalized designs for the arena.
“The arena is a game-changer for UNO – enhancing not only Maverick athletics and our move to Division I (in sports other than hockey), but also recruitment, student life and as a home for university special events,” said Chancellor John Christensen in a statement. “As importantly, this facility will provide a wide range of opportunities for community use as a similarly-sized replacement for the Civic Auditorium, in addition to serving as a wonderful complement to Aksarben Village and midtown redevelopment.”
Construction of the arena is slated to start in late 2013 with an expected completion date of June 2015.