Nebraska Coliseum

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Nebraska Coliseum
Coliseum logo.png
Location 14th & Vine St
Lincoln, NE 68588
Owner University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Operator University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Capacity 4,030
Opened February 6, 1926
Nebraska Cornhuskers (volleyball, wrestling)(1926-2013)

The University of Nebraska Coliseum (also called the NU Coliseum or The Coliseum) was the home of Nebraska Cornhuskers basketball team between 1926 and 1976, and currently one of the homes of the Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball team. It was an on-campus arena at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in Lincoln, Nebraska. Located East of Memorial Stadium, the arena opened in 1926 for the basketball team; the first game was a loss to Kansas. The basketball team played in the arena until 1976, when they moved into the Bob Devaney Sports Center. For many years, the state's high school basketball tournament championships were held in the Coliseum, until the Devaney Center was completed. After the completion of the Devaney Center, the Coliseum has been the exclusive home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball team, undergoing numerous renovations to tailor the facility specifically to the needs of the program.

The Huskers hold the current NCAA record for the most consecutive sellouts in a women's sport which began in the Coliseum and continues at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Playing against the Iowa Hawkeyes in the last season at the Coliseum in 2012

The Coliseum was one of the few collegiate arenas that is designed specifically for volleyball. It is noted for its classical architecture, intimate setting with fans close to the floor, perpetually sold out crowds, and deafening acoustics. The Coliseum has statistically proven to be one of the most difficult venues for visiting teams to win in all of sports. Anecdotally, it has been described as "the arena that the volleyball Gods would build." The building design draws comparison to Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium's acoustics and intimate atmosphere. CBS Sports has featured the Coliseum in a documentary.

The 4,030-seat Nebraska Coliseum has provided the Nebraska volleyball program with an unmatched home-court advantage. Nebraska has had 15 undefeated seasons at home compiling an all-time record of 454-30 (.938) under its roof. Only three times in 33 years of regular-season Big Eight/Big 12 play has a conference opponent ever won in Lincoln. In 1991, the Huskers had a one-year hiatus from the Coliseum playing their games at the Bob Devaney Sports Center while the building was being renovated and tailored specifically for volleyball. Nebraska began the 2008 season with a 64-match home winning streak in the Nebraska Coliseum dating back nearly four seasons, part of a remarkable 72-match home win streak for the Huskers. The Huskers have hosted an NCAA Tournament match every season since 1984 compiling a 45-3 playoff record in the building. Nebraska fans have been rewarded by seeing eight of the Huskers’ 10 NCAA regional championships won on their home court. The all-time home record over the 33 years is 484-32.[1]


  1. ^ "Nebraska Coliseum". NU athletics. 

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Coordinates: 40°49′17″N 96°42′09″W / 40.821490°N 96.702375°W / 40.821490; -96.702375