Arena Info

The Ralston Arena is Omaha/Ralston’s state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue. The 3,500-seat venue is home to the USHL Omaha Lancers and the Summit League University of Nebraska Omaha Men’s Baskeball. The Ralston Arena was designed to host major sports, concerts, family shows, ice shows, and other world class entertainment.

Owned and operated by the City of Ralston, construction on the arena broke ground on June 29, 2011 and doors opened in October 2012. The first public event held at the Ralston Arena was a Rodney Atkins concert on October 19, 2012.

Design

The 200,000 gross square feet of space houses 2 sheets of ice, with 1 sheet consisting of 3,400 permanent seats and the auxiliary sheet of ice consisting of 500 permanent seats.

Architect/Construction Manager

  • Icon Architectural Group – Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • Boyd Jones – Omaha, Nebraska
     

Get the Facts

  • Total Square Footage: 200,000
  • Approximate Lot Size: 25.5 acres
  • Approximate number of projected events held each year: 150
  • Basketball: 4,600
  • Hockey/Football: 4,000
  • Concerts: 4,356
  • Levels: 4
  • Suites: 14
  • Club Seats: 177
  • Permanent Concession Stands: 5
  • Restrooms: 15 (6 women’s, 6 men’s, 3 unisex)
  • Elevators: 1

Project Size

  • 120,000 sq. ft. – entire project size
  • 16,327 sq. ft. – multi-use arena size (200 × 85)
  • 16,327 sq. ft. – auxiliary rink 1 (200 × 85)
  • 7,718 sq. ft. – banquet space / lobby

Projected Events & Attendance

  • 150-188 events
  • 350,000+ attendance

Other Capacity

  • Banquet: 396
  • Tradeshow: 99 (10 × 10 Booths)

Premium Seating

  • 12 Luxury Suites with 16 seats in each
  • 177 Club Seats
  • 2 Super Club Suites with 18 seats in each

Building Level Names

  • Main/Lobby Level
  • Auxiliary Rink Level
  • Event/Ground Level
  • Concourse Level
     

Signage

  • Two-sided wide screen LED Full Color Marquee displays - Viewing area 28’8” h x 15’6” w; with two (2) upper backlit identification panels - 8’ h x 21’ w
  • Two (2) LED Full Color End Wall Video Display Boards on east and west end - 24’ h x 30’ w
  • Eight (8) Backlit signs, two (2) on each side of each end wall video display board – 12.5’ h x 6’ w
  • LED Full Color Ribbon Board - Approximately 3’ x 200’ x 2
  • Twelve (12) LED Side Wall Video Display Boards centered along building on north and south sides, above LED
  • Ribbon Board – 8’ h x 6’ w
  • LED Scorers Tables
  • Three (3) transparent two-sided shot clocks
  • Three (3) transparent two-sided auxiliary shot clocks
  • Two (2) sets of hockey goal lights (one for each arena)
  • Eight (8) locker room clocks
  • Auxiliary Rink: One (1) hockey scoreboard, one (1) set hockey goal lights, one (1) hockey scoreboard/goal lights controller, two (2) backlit static signs - 5’ h x 10’w

Made by Daktronics of Brookings, S.D.

Funding

The $37 million venue’s construction is publicly funded through LB779 which provides that a 3,000 seat enclosed venue can receive 70% of the State of Nebraska Sales Tax collected with in a 600 yard of the venue for up to 20 years or when the General Obligation Bonds are paid off, whichever comes first. The funds can pay for the acquisition of land, construction and equipping of the venue. When adopted in 2010, the legislation was referred to as the “Ralston Bill.”

  • $27.8 million – project cost
  • $9 million – land and infrastructure cost
     
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