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Basketball fans say goodbye to Bob Devaney Sports Center

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By: Bill Schammert

Wednesday was Senior Night, not only for the players, but also the last call for Lincoln's basketball mecca.  Fans, players and coaches all said goodbye to the Bob Devaney Sports Center one last time in a home game against Minnesota.

"This complex, this building, it holds lots of thoughts and memories," Husker fan, Frank Condello, said. 

Section 24, row 19, seats 15 and 16.  It's the same place Condello and his wife have sat for 37-years.

"We've been sitting here for more than half our lives," Condello said.  "Figured, this would be a good place to stay."

And here at 'The Bob' one final time to cheer on their Huskers, they couldn't help but reminisce.

"There's been wins over top-10 teams that have just been phenomenal and we've been here for most of them," Condello chuckled.

The same goes for long-time husker fan Ronald Wenninghoff.  He was all smiles as his ticket was scanned one final time.

"We've had tickets in the same seat since when it opened back in 1976," Wenninghoff said.

It was a full house for the final night, with fans even bravely packing the nosebleeds.  Students, who may have only known the Sports Center for a short time, also found it hard to say goodbye.

"We always have a good time here and I'm definitely going to miss this place," UNL junior, Wilson Long, said.

The Bob Devaney Sports Center will become the new home for the Husker women's volleyball team.

But with every end, comes a new beginning.  And most are looking forward to Nebraska's future at the Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Condello and Wenninghoff have already booked their tickets.


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