The members of the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency (JPA) invite the public to the ribbon cutting ceremony for Pinnacle Bank Arena Thursday, Aug. 29 at the arena's main entrance on "R" Street. The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a performance by the UNL Pep Band. At 3:45 p.m., the Linh Quang Lion/Dragon Dance Troupe will present a dance traditionally intended to bring good luck to new projects.
The ceremony begins at 4 p.m. and will include remarks from Governor Dave Heineman; the members of the JPA - Mayor Chris Beutler (Chair), NU Regent Tim Clare and City Councilman Doug Emery - as well as former JPA member Gene Carroll; UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman; UNL Basketball Coaches Connie Yori and Tim Miles; Chamber of Commerce President Wendy Birdsall; and representatives from Mortenson/Hampton construction team and SMG.
The ribbon cutting will be followed by self-guided tours of the arena until 10 p.m. The event will include live music, special $1 concessions and prize drawings. Free parking will be available in Deck 1 (Red), the new garage just south of the arena, on Aug. 29 only.
The open house continues Friday, Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 31 from 11 a.m. until the end of the Nebraska-Wyoming football game. Saturday's open house includes a football viewing party, with the game displayed on the arena's four-sided, high-definition video board.
"The successful completion of Pinnacle Bank Arena is cause for the entire community to celebrate," said Mayor Beutler. "The brisk ticket sales for concerts and Husker basketball indicate the excitement this state-of-the art facility has generated. And the arena's construction has been even more of a catalyst for development than we envisioned. I encourage residents to attend one of the open houses to see the historic transformation of the West Haymarket."
The first concert at the Pinnacle Bank Arena will be Michael Bublé Sept. 13. Other announced concerts are Jason Aldean Sept. 19; the Eagles Oct. 4; Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley Oct. 10, Pink Nov. 9; the Trans-Siberian Orchestra Nov. 14; and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham Feb. 9. Husker basketball begins Nov. 8 with the women facing UCLA and the men facing Florida Gulf Coast. More information is available at PinnacleBankArena.com.