Brimming with energy and optimism, Lincoln is home to first-class facilities through its university connection – and a whole lot more.
You watch your athletes put in countless hours in the weight room, suffer through workouts and spend months perfecting their skills so they can win that big competition. It’s up to you to provide them with a venue that isn’t just a space to showcase their skills, but also allows them to make amazing memories both on and off the court. No pressure.
Don’t worry, we did all the work for you, compiling a list of seven of the best sporting venues in the country with top notch facilities, concessions, plenty of seating and all in the lively city of Lincoln, Nebraska. The venues we are about to show you have hosted major sporting events from the USA Wrestling Final X to the 2018 USA Roller Sports Indoor National Championships and we are sure your competition will be next on the list. Relax, you can breathe now.
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- Pinnacle Bank Arena
- Speedway Village
- Lancaster Event Center
- Bob Devaney Sports Center
- The Railyard
- Star City BMX
- Lincoln Airpark
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Nicknamed “The Vault”, this multipurpose indoor arena unlocks great potential for tournament planners, offering 15,500 seats for spectator viewing. Located in Lincoln’s West Haymarket District, the stadium is home to the University of Nebraska’s men’s and women’s basketball teams and is a premier destination for concerts when shows come to town. The arena has additionally hosted large tournaments and events like the FIVB Volleyball Nations League, which hosted a round robin tournament between the USA, Germany, Korea and Brazil in June of 2019.
Sports: Roller derby, volleyball, basketball
With nine outdoor sports fields, a 100,000-square-foot indoor turf facility and a 80,000-square-foot indoor basketball and volleyball-centric facility, the Speedway Sports Complex stakes its case for the most utilitarian of its kind within the entire region. The complex additionally features a performance training gym and an interactive trampoline park, giving family members something to do during long tournament hours. The facility currently offers 1,000 parking spots on its grounds.
Sports: Roller sports, soccer, football, ultimate disc, basketball, volleyball
Lancaster Event Center
Creating meaningful memories with top-notch events is the goal at the Lancaster Event Center, home to the Lancaster County Super Fair and many other events throughout the year. The center features a pair of arenas, three pavilions and office space. Both the Cornhusker Quarter Horse Classic and the National High School Rodeo Finals will be held at the center in 2020.
Sports: Rodeo, horse shows, motorsports, barrel racing
Bob Devaney Sports Center
Set on campus at the University of Nebraska, this multipurpose complex includes three main buildings which house the Cornhusker gymnastics, swimming and diving, track and field, volleyball and wrestling programs. A 7,907-seat main arena is home to the volleyball teams, while the Devaney Center Natatorium features 10 swimming lanes and offers seating for 1,000 spectators. The Devaney Sports Center Indoor Track features a 200-meter hydraulic-banked track and offers 5,000 seats. USA Wrestling brought its Final X freestyle championship series to the complex in June of 2019.
Sports: Volleyball, wrestling, swimming & diving, Track & field, gymnastics
The Railyard isn’t just Lincoln, Nebraska’s premier entertainment district, it is also a great location for hosting CrossFit and weightlifting competitions. Equipment such as mats, weights, rings, podiums and more can be set up in the downtown area to create the perfect competitive environment and live footage from the competition can be displayed on a mega screen known as THE CUBE. This popular area features over 13 restaurants and a variety of live entertainment that will ensure a large audience for your event to amp your athletes up. Previous events hosted at this location include the 2018 Railyard Riot CrossFit.
Sports: CrossFit, weightlifting
Star City BMX
With asphalt-banked turns, 1,000-plus feet of dirt racing track and plenty of opportunities to catch some big air and pull out all the tricks on a jump, Star City BMX is a staple on the extreme biking circuit.
Previously an important Air Force Base during the Cold War, the smooth concrete of the Lincoln Airpark now serves as an ideal venue for motorsports competitions. Since 2009, Lincoln Airpark has hosted the Tire Rack SCCA SOLO National Championships every year. The venue is also scheduled to host the SCCA ProSolo Finale and National Championship this September which is free to watch and $45 to race for non-members of the SCCA. With acres of quality concrete to race on, this location should be at the top of your list if you are planning a motorsports event.
Things to do in Lincoln
There is nothing that will get your athletes more pumped up for the big competition than sitting in a hotel room all day doing nothing…Wait.
We know this isn’t a vacation and competing is the top priority, but why not have a little fun and lift your team’s spirit before the big game. In Lincoln, Nebraska there is no shortage of things to do. Gliding through the city on a Lincoln Segway Tour is a great way to explore famous Lincoln sites like the Railyard Entertainment District which features live music and over 13 restaurants or the Nebraska State Capitol (we recommend hopping off and exploring the beautiful marble chambers and ornate mosaic floors). The history buffs of the group may enjoy taking a tour of the Museum of American Speed which features thousands of artifacts that played important roles in racing and automotive history. Or perhaps your athletes might get inspired by watching one of the many semi-professional sports teams in the area compete like the Lincoln Stars or the Lincoln Saltdogs. Who knows, maybe a little extra bonding before the competition will be exactly what they need to really come together as a team and take home that victory.
USA Volleyball had a tremendous partner in the Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau as we co-hosted the NORCECA Women’s Olympic Qualification Tournament at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska. The three-day event, which qualified the winner to the 2016 Olympic Games, was a late addition to our calendar with only 65 days of marketing from the time of the site announcement until the first ball was served. The Lincoln CVB was instrumental in getting the word out to the local community that resulted in a final day crowd of over 10,000 fans who watched Team USA win and advance to the Olympic Games.
USA Volleyball: Melissa Weymouth (Senior Manager National Team Events & Sponsorship)
2016 was an extraordinary year for our championships. We added two sports to what had been a three-sport lineup and for the first time in history, we hosted a national event for five roller sports under one roof. It was the largest roller sports event in the United States and one of the most successful championships USA Roller Sports has had to date. The Lincoln CVB made sure our first year in a new facility was a tremendous success. They provided digital directional signs, downtown promotional flags, sidewalk graphics and venue graphics. The biggest hit of all was the Welcome Wall provided by the Lincoln CVB. Not only did the Welcome Wall bring tears of joy and conversations of excitement from our competitors, it provided an opportunity for USA Roller Sports to gain a positive following on social media before the championships event started.
USA Roller Sports: Ricci Porter (Sport and Operation’s Director)
How to Get to Lincoln
By Car: Interstate 80 runs directly through Lincoln. The highway also connects to Omaha, which is an hour away, Des Moines, which is less than three hours away and Iowa City, which is four and a half hours away.
By Air: The Lincoln Airport is conveniently located just five miles northwest of downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. It is the second-largest airport in Nebraska and is served by Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
Company Name: Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sports Sales Manager: Derek Bombeck
Title: Sales Development Manager