This fall, the Nebraska Cornhuskers will be moving into a new basketball arena, and fans are excited. So excited in fact, that the athletic department announced on Friday that the public’s allotment for tickets is already sold out for the 2013-14 season. Pinnacle Bank Arena, which will be located in downtown Lincoln, will hold 15,147 for basketball games, and every seat will be full all season long next year.
Public ticket sales rose from 6,917 to 13,500, a 95-percent increase over the course of one season. This marks the first time in school history that Nebraska will enter a season sold out. During last year’s 15-18 season, Nebraska drew an average crowd of 10,352 at the Devaney Sports Center. The new arena has a price tag of $179 million, and is the centerpiece of the West Haymarket Development project, which will include hotels, restaurants, parking and shopping located just a few blocks from the university campus.
Nebraska head coach Tim Miles did believe it was possible for the team to sell out games at the new arena.
“But I didn’t expect it this soon. No way,” he said. “I’m glad to have a waiting list, and I hope that waiting list piles up. I hope everyone shows up and stands up and yells at the top of their lungs. It should be a great thing.”
Nebraska is hoping that the new arena will help bring in big-time recruits to get the Cornhuskers on track to winning games. Nebraska hasn’t won or shared a conference title since 1950, and is winless in each of its six NCAA tournament appearances, most recently in 1998.