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Re: MECA Business News (CLCO/TDAPO)

Postby MadMartin8 » Wed Mar 09, 2016 1:18 pm

Linkin5 wrote:
Greg S wrote:Nice to see they are keeping CenturyLink up to date:

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/meca-sa ... e4106.html

I know they are talking about it but I think it's crazy they still don't have free Wi-Fi available there. Especially considering who's name is on the building......


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The name on the building makes me know exactly why they still don't have free Wi-Fi.



Exactly my thoughts :lol:


Any idea what those "upgrades" will be? Anything earth shattering, or just the usual "replace seats, blah blah". It's too bad they can't add in 1,000 more seats, or even 500.
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Postby Greg S » Thu Mar 10, 2016 12:57 pm

The article mentioned some of the stuff they've done previously. New carpeting, a new scoreboard every ten years, etc.

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Postby Brad » Thu Mar 10, 2016 4:57 pm

Good News:

MECA doesn't have to share details on suites at CenturyLink or TD Ameritrade, AG's office says

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/meca-do ... 01a34.html

Roseann Moring / World-Herald staff writer wrote:The Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority doesn’t have to publicly share the prices of suites or the names of those who own or lease them, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office says.
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Re: MECA Business News (CLCO/TDAPO)

Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Mar 28, 2016 8:44 am

Ferris wheel, food trucks, party bungalows coming to 10th Street for CWS, Swim Trials

Sounds like they are starting this year with only 3 bungalows for rent. There is also going to be a 100 ft ferris wheel to ride for around $5.

For the first time, MECA will open the doors of the CenturyLink Center during the series to people looking for a bathroom or air conditioning.
Officials had previously discussed a zip line along 10th Street, but that proved too expensive this year, Dixon said. He said MECA could revisit it in later years if the family activities prove popular.

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Re: MECA Business News (CLCO/TDAPO)

Postby nebugeater » Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:43 am

ferris wheel @ a cost of $450,000 and $5 a ride means that you need 90,000 riders to break even.

Max 15 days for CWS and swim trials ( June 18 - July 3) Operate 12 hr a day per story.

180 hours of operations. Round up to 200, they may start a day or two early..... but there will be slow days and most likely rain days too.

90,000 riders in 200 Hr needs to average 450 riders per hour.

I understand it is as much about the atmosphere as it is this one items turning a profit but my question is how close can this be to break even?

Wonder out load if this is the same 100' Wheel that was in Austin for the SXSW music festival.


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Postby nebugeater » Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:51 am

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Postby GetUrban » Mon Mar 28, 2016 12:56 pm

Sorry to see they're going to follow through with these plans for 10th street, especially the bungalows. They say they aren't trying to create a carnival atmosphere, but it appears that's exactly what they'll do to the CWS and swim trials. What ever happened to people and families just watching the baseball games and swim trials? Are their attention spans really that short now to require that much additional "entertainment" beyond tailgating and patronizing local eateries/bars before and during the events?

$450k to rent a Ferris wheel? You've got to be kidding.
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Re: MECA Business News (CLCO/TDAPO)

Postby Greg S » Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:47 pm

People just going to watch the games hasn't happened at the CWS in 20 years. By the late 90's that aspect was gone.

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Postby MadMartin8 » Mon Mar 28, 2016 2:49 pm

Greg S wrote:People just going to watch the games hasn't happened at the CWS in 20 years. By the late 90's that aspect was gone.

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Postby GetUrban » Mon Mar 28, 2016 3:15 pm

Same thing happened to Omaha Royals (Storm Chasers) baseball too. Maybe they should just move the CWS to Werner park too...for the families to play nearby, doing other things besides watch baseball. J/K...I hope that doesn't happen.
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Postby Coyote » Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:01 pm

Big Ten commish, Husker A.D. to make league tournament announcement Tuesday at TD Ameritrade Park

Jon Nyatawa - World-Herald staff writer wrote:Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst will be at TD Ameritrade Park on Tuesday to announce the league's future plans for its annual baseball tournament.
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Postby skinzfan23 » Mon Apr 11, 2016 8:19 pm

Are they going to announce that the tournament is staying for at least 5 years.

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Postby Coyote » Sun May 29, 2016 1:34 pm

MECA's new leader renews promise to pull back the curtain on agency's operations

Roseann Moring / World-Herald staff writer wrote:As Union Pacific executive Diane Duren takes the helm of the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, she wants to continue the organization’s push for transparency. Under the previous MECA board chairman, Dana Bradford, the organization has worked to make more of its information available to the City of Omaha.

MECA officials have long grappled with what information the nonprofit should release about the two publicly funded facilities it manages. Critics, including Mayor Jean Stothert, have argued that the organization needs to share more information so taxpayers can be confident that it’s managing the public facilities well.
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Postby skinzfan23 » Wed Jun 15, 2016 10:01 am

From the World Herald:
Parking at the garage attached to the CenturyLink Center will be cheaper than last year during the College World Series. Parking in that garage will cost $12 this year, down from $15 last year, according to the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, which operates the CenturyLink Center and TD Ameritrade Park.

MECA’s Lot A, which is on Riverfront Drive east of Eighth Street. Parking is $10, and the lot is often underutilized.

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Postby HR Paperstacks » Fri Jun 17, 2016 7:18 am

Nice shots Brad!

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HR Paperstacks wrote:Nice shots Brad!


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Postby Brad » Tue Jan 10, 2017 9:57 am

MECA ended 2016 fiscal year with $4.7 million in profit

http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/meca-en ... fa607.html

By Roseann Moring / World-Herald staff writer wrote:The entity that oversees the CenturyLink Center and TD Ameritrade Park ended last year with $4.7 million in profit, an increase over the previous year that the entity attributes in part to the U.S. Swim Trials.
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Postby skinzfan23 » Tue Jan 10, 2017 10:25 am

MECA profits

2011: $2.94 million

2012: $2.78 million

2013: $3.62 million

2014: $3.27 million

2015: $3.15 million

2016: $4.7 million

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Re: MECA Business News (CLCO/TDAPO)

Postby Greg S » Tue Jan 10, 2017 11:02 am

It's nice to see so that they have money to spend on up keep. It does lead to some false impressions around town that CLC is profitable where other arenas are losing money. Because of MECA's independence and releasing these numbers, people don't realize that Omaha taxpayers are now paying for CLC out of the general fund.

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Re: MECA Business News (CLCO/TDAPO)

Postby iamjacobm » Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:12 pm

More than MECA, but this has really been a banner weekend for CLC, area hotels and downtown businesses. With a major national volleyball event that brought people from all over the nation to the state wrestling meet to CU basketball the facility was insanely busy all weekend. If anyone was out downtown enjoying the amazing weather you could see the throngs of people that were filling the sidewalks. Great great weekend for the Big O.

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Postby skinzfan23 » Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:53 am

iamjacobm wrote:More than MECA, but this has really been a banner weekend for CLC, area hotels and downtown businesses. With a major national volleyball event that brought people from all over the nation to the state wrestling meet to CU basketball the facility was insanely busy all weekend. If anyone was out downtown enjoying the amazing weather you could see the throngs of people that were filling the sidewalks. Great great weekend for the Big O.

I second that...I went for a walk and lunch downtown on Friday and it was busy everywhere. The weather surely helped as well. Great to see downtown buzzing.

Not sure how many the volleyball tournament draws, but I think the wrestling tournament drew around 45,000. In addition, Creighton basketball had over 17,500. According to the website for the volleyball tournament, there were 424 teams participating in 2016. (which is capacity, they even had courts at The Mark and Nebraska Elite Sports and Fitness Complex) Assuming that each team has around 10 players and each player brings an avg of 2 people with them, there was probably somewhere near 13,000 in town for the tournament.

Altogether, there was probably 90,000 - 100,000 people at the CLink during the past 4-5 days.


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