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Postby iamjacobm » Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:02 pm

Agreed. Worthy investment what has become standard at pretty much every major sporting event.

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Postby Garrett » Wed Jan 17, 2018 4:53 pm

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Postby GrandpaaSmucker » Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:44 pm

Brad wrote:CenturyLink Center could get new name; MECA hopes new naming rights contract will bring in over $10 million

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/century ... fd044.html

Christopher Burbach / World-Herald staff writer wrote:The Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority board voted Wednesday morning to hire a consultant to work on a new naming rights contract, possibly with a new sponsor, for the downtown arena and convention center.


I'm going to predict that the new name is going to be the Mutual of Omaha Center. Final Answer Mutual of Omaha :idea:

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Postby Greg S » Thu Jan 18, 2018 4:54 pm

I will take Kiewit since they will be new to the 'hood.

It's a long shot because they don't seem to do a lot on stuff like this.

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Postby bigredmed1 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 6:26 pm

Greg S wrote:I will take Kiewit since they will be new to the 'hood.

It's a long shot because they don't seem to do a lot on stuff like this.

Greg

Kiewit? They are not a company that does a lot of retail. I don't see that money helping their marketing plan.

MofO maybe. CenturyLink continuing?

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Postby EastCB » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:15 pm

Ralston Arena, Omaha. lol

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Postby Coyote » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:39 pm

I really think Century Link will sign up again.
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Postby MadMartin8 » Thu Jan 18, 2018 10:49 pm

Let's not forget a darkhorse here, with a new name to the arena:

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Postby Omababe » Fri Jan 19, 2018 5:38 am

Garrett wrote:Arena McArenaface


Ya know, as ornery as I'm getting in my old age and as cynical I am about corporate naming, I might hope that a group of Concerned Citizens might band together and get up the $$$$ to jupe the naming rights away and officially name it something like that!

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Postby nebugeater » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:14 am

On Thursday Morning on KFAB Jim Rose seemed to think it would be Cox Communications. Part of the reasoning is that they were hot in the race originally. He is always right... :;): Just ask him....
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Postby nebugeater » Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:16 am

How about naming it

" Metro arena 1 of 4 "
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Postby bigredmed1 » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:14 am

The new name should be the "Over-Taxed Omahans" arena or the OTO for short.

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Postby NovakOmaha » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:16 am

For a long time the owh refused to call it the Qwest Center. They would only call it the Omaha Convention Center/Arena. Even before that I felt the management of the paper were childish and worse but when that happened "because we feel that quasi public entities shouldn't be so greedy as to raffle off the name" to me it was just embarrassing. The populace was comfortable in calling it the Quest Center but if an out of towner was dumb enough to buy a paper they were given the impression that Omaha had two arena/convention centers.

But hey, pay enough and you can see the enhanced content on the owh web site, so you got that going for you....

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Postby GrandpaaSmucker » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:29 am

Coyote wrote:I really think Century Link will sign up again.


More then likely the only way that Century Link will continue to have their name on the side of that arena is if no other company out there is interested. Century LInk must of come in and under bid what MECA was asking and when MECA refused to lower their price Century Link said something along the lines of "Our offer is final and if you want to take it let us know other wise have a good day!" For Century Link to come back now and accept the higher price MECA wants would be stupid. If Century Link was determined to win the naming rights they would of kept raising their offer until MECA accepted rather then letting it go to auction which essentially it has now. Century link was and is gambling that no other company wants to pay what MECA is asking. MECA is gambling that there is a company out there willing to pay their asking price. MECA's board is made up of Omaha dignitaries such as Suzzie Buffet who rub elbows with everybody that is anybody in town and no doubt they have had a birdie or two whispering in their ears that other companies may want their name on the side of that arena. The situation was getting tricky and sticky so MECA hired a consultant who just happened to have some Nebraska connections to go cut them a good deal.

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Postby NovakOmaha » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:55 am

Well, if the airport won't do it how about the Omaha International Arena?

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Postby Coyote » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:39 pm

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Postby GrandpaaSmucker » Fri Jan 19, 2018 12:40 pm

NovakOmaha wrote:Well, if the airport won't do it how about the Omaha International Arena?


We don't need any help from you people in Detroit to come up with a name for our Arena..........Now when the time comes to tear the arena down and we are looking for experts on how to screw up an arena implosion you can be assured that you and your friends in Detroit will be the first ones we contact. Hows that sound?

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Postby NovakOmaha » Fri Jan 19, 2018 3:24 pm

That's funny! You really should take your act on the road. Nobody ever mentioned that to me, knowing I live in Detroit. Good thing you brought it up.

Hahaha!

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Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:14 am

Omaha City Council, MECA mull placing traffic signal outside CenturyLink Center garage

A signal is proposed for 10th Street at the garage attached to the downtown arena and convention center.

The project would involve removing part of the median on 10th to allow drivers to turn left out of the garage.

The proposed signal is driven by heavy event traffic at the CenturyLink Center, plus the Capitol District.

Under the memorandum of understanding, the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority would reimburse the city for the $260,000 project.

Construction would probably start after the College World Series in June, Pfitzer said.

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Postby Brad » Mon Feb 12, 2018 9:50 am

skinzfan23 wrote:
A signal is proposed for 10th Street at the garage attached to the downtown arena and convention center.

The project would involve removing part of the median on 10th to allow drivers to turn left out of the garage.


Thanks god the World Herald actually still writes a good story with detail. Brandon Scott from WOWT did a story on this last night too, but WOWT's version was horrific, with zero details about the improvements...

Here's what WOWT said about the actual improvements... "The plan calls for traffic signals, pavement, sidewalks, and wheel chair ramps. Construction could begin as early as this spring." LOL, thanks for telling me nothing...
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Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:24 am

That is pretty typical of news lately....huge headlines that have nothing to do with the story, spelling and grammer mistakes throughout.

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Postby Uffda » Mon Feb 12, 2018 2:52 pm

Brad wrote:
skinzfan23 wrote:
Brandon Scott from WOWT did a story on this last night too, but WOWT's version was horrific, with zero details about the improvements...

H.


That's Brandon Scott for you. It probably wasn't sensationalist enough for him.

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Postby EastCB » Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:13 pm

skinzfan23 wrote:That is pretty typical of news lately....huge headlines that have nothing to do with the story, spelling and grammer mistakes throughout.

Grammer mistakes??? lol. Grammar.

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Postby TitosBuritoBarn » Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:16 pm

EastCB wrote:
skinzfan23 wrote:That is pretty typical of news lately....huge headlines that have nothing to do with the story, spelling and grammer mistakes throughout.

Grammer mistakes??? lol. Grammar.


Are you sure he's not pointing out their frequent inaccuracies regarding Kelsey Grammer?
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Postby skinzfan23 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 8:25 am

EastCB wrote:
skinzfan23 wrote:That is pretty typical of news lately....huge headlines that have nothing to do with the story, spelling and grammer mistakes throughout.

Grammer mistakes??? lol. Grammar.

Wow, you got me on that one....thats what I get for typing fast and trying to make fun of the news.

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Postby skinzfan23 » Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:19 am

Sold-out concerts, Swim Trials helped MECA make $5 million profit at CenturyLink last year

Lots of numbers in this story, but overall, great year for the C-Link.

The organization that manages the CenturyLink Center and TD Ameritrade Park made a $5 million profit last year, buoyed by the U.S. Swim Trials and several sold-out concerts.

The entity's year included the tail end of the 2016 Olympic Swim Trials and Twenty One Pilots, Jimmy Buffett and Blake Shelton, all sell-out shows.

In all, it hosted events on 335 days, 265 at the convention center and 70 in the arena.

The CenturyLink drew 1 million visitors, about the same as last year.

According to the city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau, the arena’s economic impact contributed $110 million to the local economy — up from $74 million last year.

MECA brought in $42 million in revenue in 2016-17. Revenue comes from rent, food and beverage sales and ticketing fees, among other areas.

President and CEO Roger Dixon said concerts, as a single entity, are the most lucrative.

“But I’m not downplaying what Creighton does for us either,” he said of the arena’s basketball tenant. “Creighton as far as a season does very well.”

In all, MECA spent $3 million of the profit. The rest went to a capital reserve, which for the CenturyLink totals $9.8 million.

TD Ameritrade has a $3 million capital reserve.

The ballpark's financials are considered separately from the CenturyLink's.

The College World Series and other events at the ballpark brought MECA a $5.2 million profit, up from $5.1 million last year.

Non-CWS events resulted in a $259,000 loss, up from $139,000 last year.

Outstanding principal on the CenturyLink Center is about $150 million, said City Finance Director Steve Curtiss. The ballpark’s debt is about $83 million.


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