The city owned Civic Auditorium in 2014.

Nov. 11, 1954: Opens with a Veterans Day program.

June 1964: The Rolling Stones perform for a "crowd" of 651.


Johnny Ray Gomez interviews the Rolling Stones in 1964 prior to their gig in Omaha.

March 1968: A speech by segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace sets off rioting in north Omaha.


Crowds protest George Wallace at the Civic Auditorium on March 4, 1968

1970s: The Kansas City-Omaha Kings of the NBA play home games in the auditorium.


A 1972 photo of Kansas City-Omaha Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers. KC-O's Matt Guokas drives for lay-up against LA's Wilt Chamberlain.

May 1972: Ron Stander, the "Bluffs Butcher," loses a bloody boxing match to Joe Frazier, heavyweight champion of the world.

June 1977: Elvis Presley’s last concert in Omaha — and what would be the second-to-last before his death — sold out in June 1977.


1974 photo of Elvis Presley on stage at the Civic Auditorium Arena in Omaha, Nebraska.

October 1988: Texas Sen. Lloyd Bentsen uttered those unforgettable words, “Senator, you’re no Jack Kennedy, ” to his vice presidential debate opponent, Indiana Sen. Dan Quayle.


The 1988 vice presidential debate in Omaha. At left, Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle, right.

1997: City does major renovation of auditorium and Music Hall — including addition of an ice rink.


P.J. Morgan discusses the renovation of the Civic Auditorium in April 1993.

February 2008: Presidential candidate Barack Obama speaks to an overflow crowd estimated at 10,000 people.


Sen. Barack Obama greets supporters as he enters the floor at a Democratic campaign rally at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in Omaha, Neb., on February 7, 2008. 

Through the years: Home court for Creighton basketball teams and home ice for the UNO hockey team, among other sporting events, graduations,  circuses and concerts.


UNO hockey players watch the action against Bemidji State on Feb. 3 at the Civic Auditorium. 

February 2014: City puts Civic redevelopment out for proposals.


The Civic Auditorium's music hall in 2011.  

June 30, 2014: The building is closed.

August 2014: City selects redevelopment proposal of Project 19 LLC, led by Tetrad Property Group.

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Mayor Jean Stothert announces the selection of Tetrad's redevelopment proposal for the Civic Auditorium site in Omaha, Neb., Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. 

2016: The auditorium and Music Hall are demolished. A parking garage is left standing.


The Omaha Civic Auditorium is demolished in 2016.

2017: Tetrad submits preliminary plat, a general outline, for the site.

Tuesday: Tetrad pulls out of the project.

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Chris Burbach covers the Douglas County Board, Planning Board and other local government bodies, as well as local neighborhood issues. Follow him on Twitter @chrisburbach. Phone: 402-444-1057.

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