LINCOLN — The wait is over for those wanting a glance at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
A ribbon cutting ceremony opened the $184 million arena to the public on a hot Thursday afternoon in front of a crowd of about 300.
Gov. Dave Heineman, Lincoln mayor Chris Beutler and Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles were among 11 to speak in front of the south entrance.
“This building welcomes everyone from the great state of Nebraska,” Beutler said. “It's like we are raising one more big barn together.”
Immediately following the formalities, people began pouring into the arena for the first time, and that flow will likely continue throughout the weekend.
The arena will be open to the public until 10:30 Thursday night, and it will stay open again Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those in Lincoln for Nebraska football's game against Wyoming on Saturday can also take a tour through the end of the game.
Arena general manager Tom Lorenz also announced an addition to the concert schedule: Bon Jovi will perform Sunday, Oct. 20.
Correction: An earlier version incorrectly stated the cost of the arena. It was a $184 million project.