Pinnacle Bank Arena to host live concerts starting in September
"As long as people continue to work towards getting vaccinations, follow the protocols that are in place, we should be in a very good place to be able to put large groups of people safely together in a venue like ours."
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Event venues like Pinnacle Bank Arena are on a long list of businesses that have been compromised over the past year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were the first ones to be affected in March of 2020, as the pandemic was just really beginning to be recognized,” general manager Tim Lorenz said.
In an instant, attendance at boy’s state basketball went from 65,000 people to 5,000 people and the long months that followed were quiet. Lorenz says he and his staff have never worked so hard to do so little.
“We’ve been able to do some tournaments, we’ve done some graduations, but major concerts haven’t been happening,” he said.
This week, PBA announced Eric Church will be performing live on January 7 of 2022, with tickets going on sale starting in May.
“It’s a sign that the music industry, touring, and all of our venues are starting to feel that we may be beyond the worst part of the pandemic,” Lorenz said.
PBA is still several months away from hosting major events the way it did before the pandemic. In the mean time, the venue has played an important role in the Lincoln community as a vaccination station, hosting about 20 mass clinics.
“Seeing so many people getting vaccinated allows all of us to gather together more safely, to not see the spread of the virus go throughout the community more,” Lorenz said. “And we’re very honored to be a part of that.”
Lorenz says PBA works closely with the Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department to develop appropriate guidelines for hosting large events. In the short-term, visitors should not expect to see more than 25% capacity.
According to Lorenz, PBA has learned from successful events held at the venue like the Nebraska state basketball tournaments and is closely following how others across the country are handling hosting large events.
“As long as people continue to work towards getting vaccinations, follow the protocols that are in place, we should be in a very good place to be able to put large groups of people safely together in a venue like ours,” Lorenz said.
PBA is hosting events that have been rescheduled from last year starting in September. Acts include Brantley Gilbert, Kane Brown, and Joe Rogan. You can learn more by visiting PBA’s official website here.