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NU Board of Regents table ice center; approve stadium WiFi

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Posted By:  Camila Orti

The Nebraska Board of Regents had some multi-million dollar decisions to make Friday. Although one project got put on hold, another got the green light, and it's good news for Husker fans.

The board approved a budget plan to update Memorial Stadium's sound system and WiFi. It's a $12 million plan that would replace the stadium's 20–year–old technology.

"If it's not done now, it's not going to be ready for the fall season," University President J.B. Milliken said.

If the current sound quality isn't noticeable, Husker Nation is familiar with what it's like to send text messages during a game.

Most regents agreed it's an issue that needs to be fixed.

"You know we've all been to the games, you can't complete a cell phone call, you can't communicate outside the stadium," Regent Tim Clare said.

The budget plan passed with only a couple regents voting against it. The updates should be ready by the first game this fall.

A separate agenda item, the master plan for the Breslow Ice Center, sparked a little more debate.

The $11 million center would hold one National Hockey League–sized sheet of ice.

Clare says the demand for the center is there, but others weren't sure it'd be worth the operating costs put on the university.

"I don't think it's fair to misunderstand the operating and maintenance cost of an ice facility, I've been through it," Regent Hal Daub said.

The proposed construction site is located southwest of Haymarket Park, just north of the Pinnacle Bank Arena's Festival Lot.

The project has been in the works for more than six years; it all started with a $7 million pledge from former state auditor John Breslow.

It got put on the backburner again; the board tabled it to do further research.

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