City of Lincoln
2006 Media Releases
Mayor Coleen Seng announced today the Nebraska School Activities Association (NSAA) will build a new headquarters at Haymarket Park. The new building also will house the Nebraska Coaches Association.
In addition, the NSAA has extended an invitation to the Nebraska High School Sports Hall of Fame Foundation to include the Hall of Fame in the building.
“High school sports and activities are an important Lincoln tradition, and these fine organizations play a key role in making them an exciting part of Nebraska culture,” Seng said. “Lincoln is proud to provide a new home where these organizations can continue their statewide mission.”
The NSAA’s existing 6,000-square-foot building in east Lincoln no longer meets the organization’s needs, said NSAA Executive Director Jim Tenopir. The NSAA has been planning for a new location for several years, and has explored opportunities in several Nebraska communities.
The new NSAA headquarters will be built on city-owned land directly north of Haymarket Park. The vacant site is in the area now leased to NEBCO Inc., which owns the Lincoln Saltdogs baseball team, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The City and the current tenants will be approving a new sublease and lease agreement to include the NSAA as a long-term tenant. Construction on the approximately 20,000-square-foot building probably will begin next year.
Haymarket Park is a perfect location close to UNL and state government, Tenopir said. Lincoln also is home to other state educational associations, which is advantageous for the NSAA.
“Lincoln was the NSAA’s first choice,” Tenopir said. “We are very pleased to be moving to this vibrant downtown area and look forward to a new signature headquarters.”
The Hall of Fame Foundation is a non-profit organization operating for more than 10 years with the idea of preserving the history of high school sports. It makes several awards annually, honoring both individuals and teams. The Hall of Fame has inducted more than 240 athletes, coaches and/or contributors, including some of the great names in Nebraska sports. The Hall of Fame would be a showcase for the history of high school athletics and a repository for all memorabilia associated with Nebraska high school athletics.
The Hall of Fame Foundation has been interested in finding a permanent location for some time, said President Wally McNaught. Coming together with the NSAA and the coaches in a single location at Haymarket Park may be an excellent opportunity, he said.
“We’re very pleased to have the NSAA and the Coaches Association join us at Haymarket Park,” said Lincoln Saltdogs President Charlie Meyer. “We hope the Hall of Fame also will join us in this new project.”
Mayor Seng said she is particularly pleased to bring this project to Haymarket Park in light of the community’s plans to explore a new arena and convention center in the West Haymarket area.
“This is a winning combination for the sports community and the City of Lincoln,” Seng said.