Published Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 1:00 am / Updated at 12:53 am
NU regents expected to vote on whether to move foward with $11M Lincoln ice rink

The University of Nebraska Board of Regents also is expected to consider NU Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst's proposed upgrade to Memorial Stadium's sound and wireless Internet systems.

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The University of Nebraska Board of Regents will vote next week on whether to move forward with building an ice rink in Lincoln that will cost about $11†million.

The rink, which would be known as the Breslow Ice Center, would be a 53,400-square-foot rink in the West Haymarket District. It would have a National Hockey League-size sheet of ice for sport clubs and public skating.

The rink would seat 700 spectators and be owned and managed by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It would be open to the general public for skating, though, in exchange for the City of Lincoln's transferring the land at 901 N. Sixth St. to the university, according to the program statement.

The land, near Haymarket Park, is being used to store road salt.

The only alternative considered to the plan was an on-campus rink, but recreational space was deemed in short supply.

“As the campus moves toward 30,000 students, land available for recreation uses becomes more limited,” according to the program statement prepared by UNL's facilities planning department.

The plan for building the rink starts with a $7 million gift made in 2007 by former State Auditor John Breslow, who is a minority owner in the Phoenix Coyotes hockey team. An additional $1 million would come from UNL Campus Recreation, and the University of Nebraska Foundation has pledged to raise $3 million.

Operating and programming costs are expected to be about $1.2 million on the building, which would open in July 2015.

If the regents approve the plan at their monthly meeting next Friday, the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency has already planned to consider a $1 million donation toward the project. The money would come from Pinnacle Bank Arena construction contingency funds, according to a press release from the City of Lincoln.

Regents Chairman Tim Clare is also vice chairman of the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency board.

Contact the writer: Kate Howard Perry

kate.perry@owh.com    |   402-444-3185    |  

Kate writes about Nebraska's community colleges, state colleges and university system.

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