City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen J. Seng and representatives of the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) today broke ground for the NSAA’s new headquarters at Haymarket Park. The new building also will house the Nebraska Coaches Association and the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame.
“We are very pleased that the NSAA has chosen to make this investment in Lincoln, and we are very excited to see construction begin,” said Mayor Seng. “With Lincoln’s strong sports tradition, this project is a perfect fit for the City and the NSAA.” Construction is expected to be completed on the NSAA complex in early fall 2007.
NSAA Executive Director Jim Tenopir said the organization has outgrown its existing 6,000-square-foot building in east Lincoln and has been planning for a new location for several years. The new 25,000-square-foot building will be built on City-owned land directly north of Haymarket Park. The vacant site is in the area now leased to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Lincoln Saltdogs baseball team. The lease has been amended to include the NSAA as a long-term tenant.
“We are pleased to be able to build in the Haymarket area,” said Tenopir,“and we are pleased with the cooperation from the City of Lincoln, the University and NEBCO Inc. We are pleased that Lincoln will continue to be the home for the NSAA.”
The NSAA is a non-profit organization of public and private high schools formed in 1910. The NSAA is the statewide organization that governs and administers interscholastic high school activities.
The Nebraska Coaches Association has been conducting clinics since the mid-1940s and was incorporated in 1974 as a professional organization to provide membership and support to the State’s athletic coaches. Its current offices are in Van Dorn Plaza.
The Hall of Fame Foundation is a non-profit organization formed about 10 years ago to preserve the history of high school sports. The Hall of Fame would be a showcase for the history of high school athletics and a repository for all memorabilia associated with Nebraska high school athletics.