Ralston seeks 7th skating venue
WORLD-HERALD BUREAU wrote:LINCOLN — An old golf course in Ralston might become home for a 3,500-seat hockey and concert arena if city officials there get some help from the state.
State lawmakers were asked Wednesday to amend a law that helped build the Qwest Center Omaha in order to aid construction of a Ralston arena complex that local officials say would host 100 new events a year, create 327 construction jobs, cost at least $25 million to build and generate a yearly payroll of $12 million.
The arena would be built on the former Lakeview Golf Course property northwest of 72nd and Q Streets, said Ralston Mayor Don Groesser, and would help the suburban Omaha community attract new retail development as well as help rebuild its old downtown area.
“We're looking for the best use of that land,” Groesser said. “Our city is landlocked — we don't get very many opportunities to do something like this.”
WORLD-HERALD BUREAU wrote:Groesser declined to comment on whether the Omaha Lancers might be a potential tenant for the Ralston arena. A 3,500-seat facility would seem to be ideal for the team.
Attempts to reach Lancers team President Ben Robert for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful. He was traveling.