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Update: Mayor Beutler: Arena is ahead of schedule and on budget

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By: Kayla Bremer

The city will take possession of the Pinnacle Bank Arena on August 14th.

With 102 days remaining until the final deadline, Mayor Beutler thanked all the people involved for completing the project on budget and a month ahead of schedule.

"There are many reasons why this project has gone so well," Mayor Beutler said.  "First and foremost in my mind, is hiring the right people with the highest level of expertise to get the job done, and they got the job done."

The first major event is set for September 13th when Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé will take the stage.

Officials say the early completion will allow for a smooth transition to the operational phase of the arena.

"We'll be able to get our systems in place, train our people, make sure we have great customer service, make sure all the concessions work and taste the way they should," General Manager of SMG, Tom Lorenz said.

The Mortenson–Hampton construction team says one of the main reasons they were able to complete the project ahead of time is because of the cooperation of BNSF Railway to move the railroad tracks.  If you remember back to when development plans initially started, the future arena sat in an active rail yard.

Mortenson and Hampton Construction will get a nearly $150,000 bonus for finishing early. They were also thanked for their efforts to hire locally and keeping millions of dollars in the state.

"Over 90 percent of the workers on this job are Lincoln, Lancaster County, and state of Nebraska," City Councilman Gene Carroll said.  "In dollars that means out of $223 million we spent so far, $159 million has stayed in the state of Nebraska, 79 percent, we promised that to the voters and I think we've succeeded by far to say that the dollars have stayed here because we hired local." 

Arena officials are excited about the early completion date.  They are however still investigating the cause of the slip of a girder holding up the pedestrian bridge.

No new developments yet on that.

Posted By:  KLKN Newsroom

The members of the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency (JPA) today announced that the JPA will take possession of the Pinnacle Bank Arena August 14, one month ahead of schedule.  Mayor Chris Beutler, Councilman Gene Carroll and NU Regent Tim Clare credited the people involved for completing the project on budget and sooner than originally planned.

"This was a monumental project being done under an incredibly tight time frame," said Mayor Beutler, JPA Chair.  "There were probably a thousand things that could have gone wrong, and we did have a couple of challenges along the way, but at the end of the day we did it right. We hired the best, and the visible result of those good decisions is now gleaming on the City of Lincoln's horizon to the west."

The Mayor recognized the JPA's project team and the Mortenson-Hampton construction team.

"It was very important to those of us in Lincoln to make sure this historically large project was not only a catalyst for new development, but that it also provided much needed jobs for our community," Beutler said.  "Hampton and Mortenson took the lead, reaching out to all our local craft workers, getting them engaged in the project as well as engaging our local businesses by helping them team with larger firms so they could get their employees on the job site and working.  Mortenson, taking their vast experience in sports construction of projects this size, stepped up to help us construct a state of the art civic arena under the stresses of an aggressive timeline and construction within and next to active railroad lines."

Beutler also thanked BNSF Railway for its cooperation in moving railroad tracks and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality for its assistance with the successful environmental cleanup in the West Haymarket area.


SMG announced yesterday that the first concert at the Pinnacle Bank Arena will be Canadian singer Michael Bublé on Friday, September 13.  The latest CD from the Grammy Award winner debuted at number one on Billboard Magazine's Top 200 pop charts, and the artist has sold more than 30 million records worldwide.  The concert is one of several grand opening events being planned.  Two other concerts were announced previously – Jason Aldean on September 19 and Pink on November 9.


More information is available at PinnacleBankArena.com.


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