Arena Enhances Connections to the Community
As the University of Nebraska Omaha's (UNO) main assembly building, the new Baxter Arena is a physical representation of UNO's athletic brand and anchors the southern extent of the campus. The facility is designed to serve multiple activities, weaving together function and aesthetics.
HDR and Lempka Edson Architects completed master planning and architectural and engineering design services for the new arena. The arena offers a full-spectrum student life experience, reinforces UNO Athletics, and engages Omaha's vibrant Aksarben Village culture. Baxter Arena is home to UNO's Frozen Four-level hockey team as well as the school's emerging Division I basketball and volleyball programs, and has the capacity to host campus recreation activities and graduation ceremonies.
Located adjacent to Omaha’s booming Aksarben Village neighborhood, the facility features:
- A 7,800-seat arena
- Community ice with public access for activities such as open skate and lessons — the front door and showcase of the entire facility
- Full-size competition ice home to the UNO Mavericks hockey team
With a move to their own “house,” the University and the Mavericks enhance their brand and provide fans with an unforgettable experience — while visibly connecting the UNO campus to the community.