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Lincoln's new Pinnacle Bank Arena, which seats 14,000, was built at a cost of $184 million.(ALYSSA SCHUKAR/THE WORLD-HERALD)


Arena Faceoff: Pinnacle vs. CenturyLink Center
By Kevin Coffey / World-Herald staff writer


Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena held its first major event last week with singer Michael Bublé and 12,000 fans.

Many people have asked about the building and how it stacks up against Omaha’s arena, so here are a few of the most frequently asked questions and our answers.

Q. How does Pinnacle Bank Arena compare to CenturyLink Center Omaha?

A. They have some differences, but on the whole they are very similar buildings. Both have a load of concessions. Both have a bunch of suites and seats arranged in an upper and lower bowl.

Pinnacle Bank Arena has fewer seats and a slightly tighter, but more intimate, feel. The CenturyLink Center generally feels bigger, and its hallways are wider.

Q. Pinnacle Bank Arena is brand new, so it must be much better than CenturyLink Center. Right?

A. It is new and the bathrooms are gorgeous, but it has a design similar to most new arenas. There aren’t a lot of huge differences from the fan perspective.

Q. How’s the food?

A. Prices seem a bit steeper at Pinnacle Bank Arena. We think beer is a pretty good barometer. A Bud Light in Omaha was $6 the last time we checked, and a Bud Light is $7.50 in Lincoln.

On the other hand, Pinnacle appears to have more food and drink options. Every concession stand has its own specialty items, and those specialty items are really good.

Q. Was there anything that you really, really liked about the building?

A. Pinnacle has one awesome feature we haven’t see elsewhere: the Capital Terrace. Attached to the main concourse, the terrace is a large patio that overlooks the Railyard. It’s the perfect spot to share a drink with friends, have a smoke or eat your BBQ nachos (which we definitely did).

Q. How is parking? Traffic?

A. Not bad. It’s about what you’d expect at any arena, with lots of surface lots and parking garages. You do have to pay to park.

Traffic to and from Omaha moved really fast. It was nothing like driving to and from Lincoln for a Husker game.

Q. How is the sound in Pinnacle Bank Arena? Is it any better than the CenturyLink Center?

A. Our review said that Michael Bublé sounded great, and he definitely did. But the true test will come when AC/DC (or some other loud guitar band) comes in and dials the amps to 11. For the record, CenturyLink Center sounds similar to other arenas in that it can occasionally get noisy with all those sound waves bouncing around in the upper reaches of the arena. But on the whole, our experience is that most concerts sound pretty good there, too.

Contact the writer: Kevin Coffey

kevin.coffey@owh.com    |   402-444-1557    |  

Kevin covers music, whether it's pop, indie or punk, through artist interviews, reviews and trend stories. He also occasionally covers other entertainment, including video games and comic books.

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