Report: Nebraska-Omaha looking to get on-campus rink by 2015 or 2016

Nebraska-Omaha officials have proposed to build a 7,500-seat arena at the south end of UNO’s campus that would be the Mavericks’ new home for hockey, basketball and volleyball, according to a report in the Omaha World-Herald.

The report states that private donations or partnerships would pay for arena construction costs, which could range anywhere from $65 million to $80 million.

Planning and fundraising for the proposal are far enough along that UNO chancellor John Christensen and athletic director Trev Alberts plan to present the project to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents on Oct. 26.

The arena would house two ice sheets and could potentially open in 2015 or 2016 if the regents approve the project and .

“In a perfect world, we’d like to see it in three or four years, if things fall into place,” Christensen said in the report.

An on-campus hockey arena has long been discussed amongst UNO officials, but now, it appears talk may turn to progress.