By: Megan Palera
Some big acts are already in place at the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Now all that is left is to finish building it. And the good news is that workers are in the home stretch.
The $180 million dollar project is about 100 days away from completion. On the inside, the building is really starting to take shape. Scaffolding surrounds a giant staircase leading up to the second floor, decorative lighting hangs above it, and weighing in at 45 tons sits a massive scoreboard. The LED lighting is similar to the one used in the Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
"As far as we know, it's the only one in the Big Ten at this time although we've heard some of the schools are a little jealous of us and are starting their inquiries about how they can get one also," Director of Operations I.J. Rosenblum said.
All around the scoreboard, work continues on installing 14,600 chairs. Arena staff are proud to say that with every ticket sold, you get your own chair. Another proud design is the upper concourse. Even those sitting in the "nose bleed" seats will get a great show.
"Instead of having.. a really shallow angle that puts you very far back from the show or a really steep angle that makes people feel like they have vertigo ... what we've done is split the upper concourse into two pieces.
It allows you to be brought more forward on top of the action so there's really not a bad seat in the house," Rosenblum said.
Every day, the 300 member construction chips away at the to-do list. Come September, this stage will light up with famous musicians and the highly anticipated Husker basketball games.
Season ticket sales for the men's games are selling at an unbelievable pace. There's only 300 of the 12,000 tickets left.