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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby bigredmed » Thu Sep 08, 2016 12:44 pm

Went to a fundraiser last March at Ralston arena where the food cooked by their in house staff was quite good. Brunch with omelets and waffles with an orange compote to taste with the waffles.

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Crockett1985 » Fri Sep 09, 2016 7:14 am

This is good to hear for Ralston finally. Not to drag things too off-topic, but I'm a relatively new Mavericks hockey fan and was wondering whether Baxter ever sees anything from those ticket sales?

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Greg S » Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:40 am

Crockett1985 wrote:This is good to hear for Ralston finally. Not to drag things too off-topic, but I'm a relatively new Mavericks hockey fan and was wondering whether Baxter ever sees anything from those ticket sales?


Trying to understand the question. You are wondering if Baxter Arena see anything from Maverick Hockey ticket sales?

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Postby Crockett1985 » Fri Sep 09, 2016 9:24 am

Correct

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Greg S » Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:07 am

They are all wrapped in together, with it being UNO's arena. The arena itself was supposed to turn a profit which was going to be used to help fund UNO athletics, including hockey.

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Trips » Mon Sep 12, 2016 4:10 pm

“Groesser credits the success to higher sales tax revenues and the venue now is booked nearly every weekend…The restaurant tax that helped balance the books expires in three years.”

How much general fund, KENO, 2.5% property tax, 2.5% restaurant tax and turnback tax did they get vs last year? Show me Revenue (from Arena events) minus Expenses.

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Coyote » Mon Sep 12, 2016 6:59 pm

I would like to see their advertising budget and how much of it goes to 1620 for the Oct 8th Alice Cooper concert. An ad has been playing now for two months and it is still a month away.
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Postby Greg S » Tue Sep 13, 2016 8:22 am

Coyote wrote:I would like to see their advertising budget and how much of it goes to 1620 for the Oct 8th Alice Cooper concert. An ad has been playing now for two months and it is still a month away.


Not quite as bad as the number of times I heard the ad for "Hairball," but it's getting there.

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Postby omaha79 » Tue Sep 13, 2016 12:19 pm

Greg S wrote:
Coyote wrote:I would like to see their advertising budget and how much of it goes to 1620 for the Oct 8th Alice Cooper concert. An ad has been playing now for two months and it is still a month away.


Not quite as bad as the number of times I heard the ad for "Hairball," but it's getting there.

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby MadMartin8 » Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:58 pm

omaha79 wrote:
Greg S wrote:
Coyote wrote:I would like to see their advertising budget and how much of it goes to 1620 for the Oct 8th Alice Cooper concert. An ad has been playing now for two months and it is still a month away.


Not quite as bad as the number of times I heard the ad for "Hairball," but it's getting there.

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*runs away screaming*

God I hated that commercial. Oh, and the Lita Ford concert one. Jesus.
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Postby HR Paperstacks » Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:11 pm

And that's why I only listen to Pandora - I hate commercials.

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Trips » Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:28 pm

They have a partnership with NRG Media so I am guessing they pay $0 for the advertising. I believe that NRG books 5 or 6 shows a year, does the radio advertising for them and then takes a cut of the gate. The Arena gets a low upfront costs and free advertising. The radio stations get guaranteed advertising space filled and paid after the show. Again, I know they have a deal but do not know the details. Does anyone know?

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Coyote » Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:50 pm

I thought there had to be something like that.
A quick search shows that the City of Ralston paid NRG Media $84,146.36 for 38 Special.
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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby choke » Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:22 pm

Ralston Arena's debt downgraded by Standard and Poor’s; rating could fall further

Do I smell a sequel to the Enron?

Ralston Arena: The Musical.

Don Groesser as Ken Lay's doppelganger.

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Postby iamjacobm » Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:24 pm

It is just a mess.

This is wild speculation, but I wonder if Ralston could come crawling to Omaha begging for an annex to fix their finances if things keep going south instead of having their decades old handshake deal with the city.

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Postby bigredmed » Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:44 am

iamjacobm wrote:It is just a mess.

This is wild speculation, but I wonder if Ralston could come crawling to Omaha begging for an annex to fix their finances if things keep going south instead of having their decades old handshake deal with the city.

I would hope not.

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Postby TitosBuritoBarn » Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:49 pm

iamjacobm wrote:It is just a mess.

This is wild speculation, but I wonder if Ralston could come crawling to Omaha begging for an annex to fix their finances if things keep going south instead of having their decades old handshake deal with the city.


But their problems would then become Omaha's problems. I think we should just leave Ralston alone. They don't really have anything we need.
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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby iamjacobm » Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:52 pm

TitosBuritoBarn wrote:
iamjacobm wrote:It is just a mess.

This is wild speculation, but I wonder if Ralston could come crawling to Omaha begging for an annex to fix their finances if things keep going south instead of having their decades old handshake deal with the city.


But their problems would then become Omaha's problems. I think we should just leave Ralston alone. They don't really have anything we need.


Wasn't trying to suggest we would go for it. Just that if they got that desperate they might ask. Again it was just a pure hypothetical thinking out loud comment.

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

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iamjacobm wrote:
TitosBuritoBarn wrote:
iamjacobm wrote:It is just a mess.

This is wild speculation, but I wonder if Ralston could come crawling to Omaha begging for an annex to fix their finances if things keep going south instead of having their decades old handshake deal with the city.


But their problems would then become Omaha's problems. I think we should just leave Ralston alone. They don't really have anything we need.


Wasn't trying to suggest we would go for it. Just that if they got that desperate they might ask. Again it was just a pure hypothetical thinking out loud comment.



JUNK BONDS! That is the class of ratings that Ralston's bonds are now classified as. That tells you that the owners of those bonds may never get their money back. Omaha won't be touching that with a 10 foot pole.

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Greg S » Tue Dec 20, 2016 4:39 pm

Hairball was announced yesterday returning May 5, 2017. I've already heard a commercial. Not sure I can take hearing these again. over and over and over....


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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Coyote » Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:57 pm

Greg S wrote:Hairball was announced yesterday returning May 5, 2017. I've already heard a commercial. Not sure I can take hearing these again. over and over and over...


Oh God no. :boom:
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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby MadMartin8 » Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:04 pm

Greg S wrote:Hairball was announced yesterday returning May 5, 2017. I've already heard a commercial. Not sure I can take hearing these again. over and over and over....


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Hearing them over and over on 101.9, drives me insane. The amount of cover band concerts they advertise on that station is overwhelming.
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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Brad » Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:39 pm

MadMartin8 wrote:
Greg S wrote:Hairball was announced yesterday returning May 5, 2017. I've already heard a commercial. Not sure I can take hearing these again. over and over and over....


Greg


Hearing them over and over on 101.9, drives me insane. The amount of cover band concerts they advertise on that station is overwhelming.


101.9's Parent Company NRG partnered with the Ralston Arena a couple years ago. If I remember right NRG is actually the promoter that is bringing these bands in and therefore have a stake in how well the shows do.
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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby jag42 » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:58 pm

Yes...When The Keg 101.9 kept hyping their concert announcement for this past Monday, I was hoping for something more...substantial?

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Greg S » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:24 am

Nice crowd of 2k last night at the arena for the game between Central and Winnebago. Hopefully they do more of these in the future.

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby omaha79 » Fri Dec 23, 2016 8:55 am

I really enjoy Hairball. They put on a heck of a show and tickets are cheap. This is exactly the kind of show that's in Ralston's wheelhouse. Yeah, the commercials are annoying, but they've had sellouts the last few years. So, it appears they know what they are doing. Omaha has certainly embraced this show every year.

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Greg S » Fri May 05, 2017 1:31 pm

A lounge replacing Husker Express/Dugout:

http://www.omaha.com/go/ralston-arena-t ... 3c4b5.html

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Coyote » Sat May 06, 2017 10:36 pm

Greg S wrote:A lounge replacing Husker Express/Dugout:

http://www.omaha.com/go/ralston-arena-t ... 3c4b5.html


The Side Room will host small concerts as well as cocktail hours before Omaha Beef and Omaha Lancers games as well as concerts and other events.


Small concerts means the Side Room could hold about how many people? Any guesses?
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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Brad » Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:20 am

I noticed on the local news that for the 3rd year in a row (Ever since UNO moved Basketball to the Baxter), the Metro Holiday tournament at the Ralston Arena has used the Basketball court from the Mid America Center. Still say "IOWA" and "Mid America Center" on it ans still has the shape of Iowa at center court.
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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby GrandpaaSmucker » Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:41 pm

The story I heard was that Mid America Center will rent their floor out if you insure the floor, and supply the transportation and security. The story did not include any details as to how much it costs to rent the basketball floor.

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby omaha79 » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:46 am

I remember that when Ralston was being built their budget was so out of whack that they hadn't factored in things like basketball hoops, zamboni's, and other concession operation devices. They had to go back and ask for more money. I'm assuming a basketball floor wasn't factored in either. I also remember that being a point of contention when they were looking at getting an NBA D league team. The league wanted them to supply the court and they simply didn't have the money....so, it was a no go.

Not having a permanent tenant and with the budget still being an issue, it's probably more cost effective to rent a court once a year vs. buying. If they could have afforded to buy one, they'd probably have a D league team as well.

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby Greg S » Mon Jan 08, 2018 10:56 am

omaha79 wrote:I remember that when Ralston was being built their budget was so out of whack that they hadn't factored in things like basketball hoops, zamboni's, and other concession operation devices. They had to go back and ask for more money. I'm assuming a basketball floor wasn't factored in either. I also remember that being a point of contention when they were looking at getting an NBA D league team. The league wanted them to supply the court and they simply didn't have the money....so, it was a no go.

Not having a permanent tenant and with the budget still being an issue, it's probably more cost effective to rent a court once a year vs. buying. If they could have afforded to buy one, they'd probably have a D league team as well.



Baxter Arena had the same issues, woefully low on initial budget.

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Re: Ralston Arena (72 and Q)

Postby GrandpaaSmucker » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:54 am

Another front page article in Sundays paper confirming that the Ralston arena is hopelessly incapable of making a profit or even breaking even. The article says that they are sacrificing everything else in order to make payments on the arena. You got to wonder if they don't end up bull dozing that arena down just to stop the bloodletting.

World Herald article- http://www.omaha.com/news/plus/ralston- ... e6271.html


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