New UNO Arena

A new $76 million arena will be coming to the Omaha area...this one on the UNO campus.

This is one time progress won't come at the expense of an area's past.

The area of 67th and Center is booming.

Just across from Aksarben village, a new arena will rise from a field.

It will become the home of the UNO Division 1 hockey program.

A 7,000 seat home with practice ice that should move UNO athletics to a new level.

Nils Erickson’s Rainbow Studios sit right by the new arena site.

Erickson and Amato's Diner will stay.

Erickson says developers worked with him on some of the road design.

"They talked about moving my road because I have some semis coming in and we worked that out where I’m going to be able to keep my road so I can still run a business here," Erickson said.

Erickson says filling an open field with something people will flock to is much better than tearing down what's already there and successful.

Julie Lubisi is working on a ph-D in Urban Design.

She agrees with Erickson.

"if they've taken into account and people are agreeable then that's fine,” she said. “But if not and it's just solely based on money and profit then I have a problem with that."

But as Erickson says there are winners and losers in every business deal.

“It may be really good for UNO,” he said. “It's really good for me but the people that invested in other ice rinks are going to have to pony up some money now that they're going to lose that income."

Most of the funding for the new arena will come from a combination of bonds and private donations.

Ice time will be available for the public as well.

The new arena is scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.

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