Whether it's hosting a comedian with a single microphone or a pop star with 20 trucks full of staging, lights, instruments and other equipment, Pinnacle Bank Arena can take it.
Like many modern arenas, it was built to be flexible, from its multitude of loading bays to its movable seating.
“This building can handle just about any logistical or technical thing that's thrown at it,” said Derek Andersen, the arena's marketing manager.
The Lincoln venue will host its first big event — a concert from Canadian singer Michael Bublé — on Friday.
Though the building has its own stage and other equipment from StageRight, a performance equipment company based in Michigan, its staging may only be used for comedians or other smaller productions since many artists bring their own equipment — and some of them have a lot.
Pink's tour, arena general manager Tom Lorenz said, will come with 20 trucks of equipment.
“The building is very flexible,” Lorenz said. “We can build whatever we need.”
A large number of loading bays may not pop out as a major feature, but many modern touring groups see it as a must-have. Decades-old arenas often have few spots to divest trucks of their equipment, but Pinnacle Bank Arena can unload six semis at once. That will help when Pink and Jay Z come to town.
Fan amenities are also an important part of the arena. Fans shouldn't worry yet about lines to buy tickets, get in the doors or buy food and beer. Pinnacle Bank Arena has a dozen ticket windows and 25 different concession stands.
Concertgoers will find three areas where they'll be seated: the floor, the lower bowl and the upper bowl. Though the arena can seat more than 15,000 people for basketball games, staging and production will usually block off some sections on the arena's north end.
Seating in the lower bowl, much of it built by StageRight, can be moved or retracted to accommodate a tour's production needs.
Tickets for upcoming concerts at the arena are selling well, and nearby hotels are running out of available rooms. Bublé and The Eagles have only a few tickets remaining, and tickets to see Pink are completely sold out.
Lorenz said customers in Lincoln and Omaha account for most of the tickets sold, but purchases have come from other parts of Nebraska as well.
“We're really blown away,” he said.
Pinnacle Bank Arena
Concert capacity: 15,500, according to Pollstar
First five concerts:
Michael Bublé, Friday
Jason Aldean, Sept. 19
The Eagles, Oct. 4
Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, Oct. 10
Pink, Nov. 9
Cost: $184 million (plus $191 million to redevelop West Haymarket)
Owned by: City of Lincoln
Managed by: SMG, entertainment and convention venue management company from suburban Philadelphia
CenturyLink Center Omaha
Concert capacity: 18,200, according to Pollstar
Opened: October 2003 (then named Qwest Center Omaha)
First five concerts:
Cher, Oct. 3, 2003
Fleetwood Mac, Oct. 9, 2003
Aerosmith and Kiss, Nov. 6, 2003
John Mayer, Nov. 12, 2003
Matchbox Twenty, Nov. 17, 2003
Cost: $291 million
Owned by: City of Omaha
Managed by: Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, nonprofit local operating authority for the arena, TD Ameritrade Park and Civic Auditorium