at 2425 S 67th St, Omaha, 68106 United States
Baxter Arena is the name of a sports arena in Omaha, Nebraska owned and operated by the University of Nebraska Omaha. Completed in 2015, it serves as the home of several of the university's sports teams, known as the Omaha Mavericks. The arena opened on October 23, 2015 when the Mavericks men's ice hockey team hosted Air Force, winning 4–2.BackgroundIn 2012, Omaha mayor Jim Suttle announced that the Omaha Civic Auditorium would close in 2014 due to excessive maintenance costs. The closing of the Auditorium would leave the city without a mid-sized indoor venue, and would also have a major impact on the Mavericks ice hockey team. While the team played its home games at the city's main indoor venue, CenturyLink Center Omaha, it regularly practiced at the Auditorium. It was already one of the few NCAA Division I hockey teams without a dedicated practice facility. Additionally, the CenturyLink Center was increasingly being seen as too large for the hockey program.The university then began planning for a new arena, selecting a site at the Aksarben Village development, which has become integrated with the UNO campus in recent years. The arena received approval from the University of Nebraska Board of Regents on March 15, 2013. It was originally budgeted at $75 million, but the final cost came in at $81.6 million. Nearly half of the cost was expected to be covered by donations, and UNO announced in June 2015 that it had sold the naming rights to Baxter Auto, a group of auto dealerships in Omaha and the surrounding region, for $400,000 per year over 10 years.
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