Cook would like new volleyball arena

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska coach John Cook says he believes

his popular volleyball program could offer twice as many tickets as

it does now and still sell out.

Cook said Wednesday if he had his way, the school would build a

7,000- or 8,000-seat arena to replace the 4,000-seat Nebraska


The athletic department is now surveying fans about what they

would want in a volleyball venue.

Cook said he could see the Devaney Center being retro-fitted for

volleyball once Nebraska begins playing basketball in the new

downtown Lincoln arena in 2013.

Cook said there is a “pent-up demand'' for volleyball tickets

and that the program needs to grow its fan base. The team has sold

out 135 straight matches at the Coliseum.