• Facility Madness 2014: The Best Arena in College Basketball Is...

    by AB Staff April 2014

    Congratulations to Pinnacle Bank Arena, the winner of the 2014 Facility Madness tournament. The beautiful new arena, home to the Nebraska Cornhuskers men's and women's basketball teams, takes home the crown after amassing more than 50,000 votes throughout the tournament.

    About the Facility:
    The $179 million arena was the cornerstone of Lincoln's $344 million West Haymarket Redevlopment Project. It opened in 2013 and has a capacity of 15,147 for basketball. "With its combination of concrete and metal panel facade, spectacular open-air roof deck, contemporary glass-encased entrance and concourse offering picturesque views of the State Capitol, Pinnacle Bank Arena is an architectural embodiment of aesthetics and modernity," the arena's website states. "Encompassing 470,400 square feet and costing $179 million, the state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena will offer year-round entertainment, including concerts, family shows, touring acts and sporting events."

    The modern feel and amenities were enough to win over Facility Madness voters as Pinnacle Bank Arena knocked off Butler University's Historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in the championship round.

    Fast Facts
    Capacity: 15,147
    Construction Costs: $179 million
    Special Features: Pinnacle Bank Arena offers 36 luxury suites, 20 loge boxes, two private club lounges, a center-hung HD video board, 360 degree ribbon lighting, plus home crowds that helped Nebraska's men's team make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998.

    See more photos of the arena below, via @HuskerHoops on Twitter.


    Thank you to everyone who voted in Facility Madness 2014!

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  • Facility Madness 2014: Championship Round

    by AB Staff April 2014

    After two weeks and more than 100,000 votes, our search for college basketball's finest arena is down to just two. Not surprisingly, the newest arena in the field is still in contention. DLR Group-designed Pinnacle Bank Arena, home to the Nebraska Cornhuskers, opened in 2013 to rave reviews from players, media members and fans alike. The Big Red faithful have shown up in force to help the venue earn its spot in the Facility Madness finals.

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  • Facility Madness 2014: Semifinals

    by AB Staff April 2014

    After more than 30,000 votes were cast in the quarterfinals, Athletic Business's search for the best arena in college basketball is down to just four. Similar to the men's NCAA Tournament, our bracket has only one one-seed remaining. Will Nebraska's beautiful new Pinnacle Bank Arena advance to the finals? Will Butler's fans continue to hit the polls in record numbers? We'll find out. Voting for this round is open through the end of Sunday.

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  • Facility Madness 2014: Quarterfinals

    by AB Staff April 2014

    Voting in this round is closed. Click here to vote in the semifinals.

    A new college basketball champion has been crowned (and the women's champion will be determined Tuesday night), but our search for the best arena in college basketball is just heating up. After an intense second round that saw more than 22,000 votes cast and some winners determined by just a handful of votes, Facility Madness rolls on.

  • Facility Madness 2014: Round of 16

    by AB Staff April 2014

    Voting in this round is now closed. Vote in the quarterfinals.

    More than 25,000 votes were cast in the first round of Facility Madness and just like the NCAA Tournament, our first round was filled with upsets and tight matchups. The field has been trimmed to 16. So, like we asked in round one, tell us, which facility to you think is better? If you need a refresher on our criteria, click here.