Nebraska Coliseum

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Nebraska Coliseum
Coliseum logo.png
Address 1350 Vine St.
Lincoln, NE 68588
Coordinates 40°49′17″N 96°42′09″W / 40.821481°N 96.702607°W / 40.821481; -96.702607
Public transit StarTran
Owner University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Operator University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Capacity 4,030
Construction
Broke ground 1924
Opened February 6, 1926
Construction cost $435,000
Architect Ellery Davis & Walter Wilson
Tenants

Nebraska Men's basketball (1926-1976)
Nebraska Women's basketball (1974-1976)
Nebraska Women's volleyball (1975-1990, 1992-2013)

Nebraska Wrestling (1942-1990, 1992-2013)

The University of Nebraska Coliseum (also called the NU Coliseum or The Coliseum) is an indoor coliseum on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. It was the home of Nebraska Cornhuskers basketball team between 1926 and 1976, and currently one of the homes of the Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball team and Nebraska Cornhuskers wrestling team, though not in active use.

History[edit]

Construction of the coliseum was proposed in 1924 by John Selleck of UNL's Athletic Board. Located east of Memorial Stadium, the coliseum was designed by Ellery Davis and Walter Wilson, who also designed Memorial Stadium, as well as UNL's Morrill Hall and Love Library.[1] The arena opened in 1926 for the basketball team; the first game was a loss to Kansas. Women's basketball began to be played at the Coliseum in 1974 and boths 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.

Volleyball[edit]

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

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.

Following its renovations, 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 building design draws comparison to Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium's acoustics and intimate atmosphere. Anecdotally, it has been described as "the arena that the volleyball Gods would build." 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. The Coliseum has statistically proven to be one of the most difficult venues for visiting teams to win in all of sports; Nebraska 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.[2]

Vacancy[edit]

Following the permanent move of all varsity teams from the Coliseum, the facility is now no longer used in any significant fashion, though it continues to be used as an extra practice facility and as office space by the Nebraska's gymnastics teams.[3]

Other Events[edit]

Early in its history, the coliseum was also used for various events, including a concert by Elvis Presley in 1956, a speech by then-Vice President Richard Nixon in 1960, and a campaign speech by US Senator Robert F. Kennedy in April 1968 (just two months before his assassination).[4]

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