A New Arena For Lincoln?

A New Arena For Lincoln?

By Dillon Irwin Every year Lincoln Public Schools hold their graduations at Pershing Auditorium.  The site of Pershing Auditorium is also where the original Lincoln High School once stood.  Just as the original Lincoln High School building was deemed old and out of step with the times, Pershing Auditorium is now fielding the same complaints. 

By Dillon Irwin

Every year Lincoln Public Schools hold their graduations at Pershing Auditorium.  The site of Pershing Auditorium is also where the original Lincoln High School once stood.  Just as the original Lincoln High School building was deemed old and out of step with the times, Pershing Auditorium is now fielding the same complaints.  Talk of a new arena has grown louder since Omaha built the Qwest Center and since the Antelope Project has diverted 17th Street from a straight path to the Bob Devaney Sports Center.  Will the new arena plan for Lincoln be built or will they basically deny people new jobs and entertainment? The new Arena will bring new jobs for thousands and more. The new Arena will have a hotel attached and will have jobs for people which will lessen the unemployment level. The area that will be taken is down in the Haymarket right on the west side of the train tracks, next to the Post Office. It would bring a new area to with a street just for pedestrians. You would be able to walk easily to and from the arena.  Additionally, there would be stores and street venders aligning the tourist-friendly street.

One concern of the proposed plan is the location.  According to the information found in the West Haymarket Integration Plan, is that the plan borders alongside a flood zone.  If the so-called “one hundred-year flood” happens, the water from the Salt Creek, could potentially flood the area.

The new entertainment drawn to Lincoln, and luxury of a modern arena will be nice but they need to vote first instead of just deciding on if they should even vote. But the problem is where would the money come from?  Lincoln City Council will debate and determine if the proposal will be on the ballot for Lincoln citizens in May.  Obviously, the economic recession will be a major factor for all sides of the debate.

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