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Pinnacle Bank Arena

Lincoln, NE

Home of the Nebraska Cornhuskers

3.9

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Pinnacle Bank Arena (map it)
400 Pinnacle Arena Dr
Lincoln, NE 68508


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Pinnacle Bank Arena website

Year Opened: 2013

Capacity: 14,970

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Pinnacle Bank Arena, Home of Cornhusker Basketball

The $179 million Pinnacle Bank Arena is located in the Haymarket District and it is a city-built arena with the Nebraska men’s and women’s basketball teams as the only regular tenants.

It is a top notch arena that instantly puts it among the top arenas of the Big Ten Conference.

3.9

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

There are over 160 concession points of sale in 11 permanent stands, plus the carts located around the arena. There are also two private club lounges.

Each stand is Nebraska-themed. For example, one of the stands is called the "Capitol Grill," which is named for the Capitol building in Lincoln.

The famous Wimmers red hot dogs for $3, large popcorn for $5, and cheese nachos for $3.50 are all available. They also serve Valentino's Pizza and Colby Ridge soft serve ice cream. Pepsi products can be had for $4 for that large 32-ounce drink.

They serve some specialty dishes like the premium Baron of Beef Sandwich. It is a monster sandwich with more things on it than I can name and served with French fries for $11. Go check it out.

The 3-Pointer is a hot dog, brat and Polish Sausage on a 20 inch French Roll with chili, nacho cheese and a bunch of other stuff served with French Fries for $13.

The Haymaker is the one I want to try. It is two quarter-pound cheeseburgers, several strips of bacon and a hot dog on a Kaiser bun served with French fries all for $11.

You can find tacos and BBQ too. In fact, you will find about anything you would want. You can come hungry and get a full tummy for about the same price as you would pay at any of the many nearby restaurants.

What I call the basics; the hot dog, nachos and popcorn, are all done right. You can't go wrong with any of them.

Atmosphere    4

This is a big venue by college basketball standards. It is divided into upper and lower seating bowls. The upper seating bowl has three levels with 36 premium suites and 20 loge boxes. The lower seating bowl encloses the court. The upper seating bowl is in a horseshoe design that surrounds three sides of the court.

It was made so that if they need more seats at some point in the future they can build the upper seating bowl around that fourth side.

The HD center-hung scoreboard with video is everything you would expect. It is huge and it gives team and individual stats. There is a 270 degree ribbon board on the facing of the first level above the lower seating bowl.

The seats go up, rather than out. From the highest seat you are looking down and it makes it easy to see the play unfold from even the highest seating area.

The sightlines are great . This is truly the proverbial, "Not a bad seat in the house," situation. The seats come with cup holders and they are comfortable. The food and restrooms are not too far away either.

The concourses can get a little crowded during peak times. I was a little surprised they didn't make them wider. The good news is there are 250 TV monitors around the concourse, so you can always see the action.

Neighborhood    5

Pinnacle Bank Arena is located in the Haymarket area of Lincoln, a several block area loaded with restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Get there early and enjoy the neighborhood.

On game day the whole Haymarket is buzzing with activity. There are all kinds of sports bars, pizza joints and more upscale restaurants, all within a few blocks of the arena.

Some that I found that are decent are Brewsky's, which is a standard sports bar, with decent food and reasonable prices. Lazlo's Brewery and Grill is exactly what the name implies, a bar and grill. The food, prices and atmosphere are very good.

Jack and June on Canopy Street is a step up from a pub. They offer steak, pot roast, soups, and salads. Most entrees are between $10 and $20.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention Jake's Cigar Bar, a favorite of sports fans that enjoy fine imported cigars. With a fine offering of cigars, spirits and plenty of TVs, it is worth stopping in at 13th and O Streets about seven blocks from the arena in downtown Lincoln.

There is a Hilton Garden Inn and a Courtyard by Marriott just a block from the arena and a Holiday Inn about three blocks away.

Fans    3

When you have 15,000 in the house it has to be at least a decent atmosphere and it certainly is. It is not crazy-wild in the arena, but it is what a college game should be. The Husker fans are passionate, loud when they are supposed to, and polite to visiting fans.

The student section is behind the player benches and on one end of the court. There about 1,000 students down low and they stand most of the game, but they don't do anything particularly unique, nor do they get extremely loud.

Access    4

There are almost 7,000 parking spots within walking distance. There are lots charging $5-$10 to park. There is street parking that is free for night games, but it will be at a minimum a few blocks away from the arena.

The restrooms are spacious and clean. The best news is there seems to be plenty of them so lines aren't much of a problem.

Return on Investment    4

Tickets are $10-$30 which is is pretty reasonable for Big 10 basketball. Throw in a hot dog, nachos and a large Pepsi and you can do it for under $25 if you park on the street. Not a bad deal for big-time college basketball.

Extras    3

I will award two stars for the Nebraska fans being so friendly and one star because the scoreboard is easy to see and it has all the stats I want to see for a college basketball game.

Final Thoughts

This is a fantastic facility that gives sports fans a very good experience starting before you even get into the arena. You can see some very good college basketball for a reasonable price.

This gives Nebraska two very good Division I basketball venues that should make for a good road trip if you can catch both Creighton and Nebraska playing an afternoon game and night game on the same day. The schools are less than an hour apart.

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Local Food & Drink

Lazlo's Brewery and Grill  (map it!)

210 N 7th St

Lincoln, NE 68508

(402) 434-5636

http://www.lazlosbreweryandgrill.com/

Brewsky's  (map it!)

201 N 8th St

Lincoln, NE 68508

(402) 328-2739

http://brewskys.com/

Jake's Cigars & Spirits  (map it!)

101 N 14th St

Lincoln, NE 68508

(402) 261-5944

http://jakescigars.com/

Jack & June  (map it!)

300 Canopy St

Lincoln, NE 68508

(402) 261-3053

http://jackandjune.com/

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Courtyard Lincoln  (map it!)

808 R St

Lincoln, NE 68508

(866) 576-5620

http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/lnkcy-courtyard-lincoln-downtown-haymarket/

Holiday Inn- Lincoln Downtown  (map it!)

141 N 9th St

Lincoln, NE 68508

(800) 344-7128

http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/lincoln/lnkdt/hoteldetail

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