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May 3, 2013
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Arena to be Finished Month Ahead of Schedule

The members of the West Haymarket Joint Public Agency (JPA) today announced that the JPA will take possession of the Pinnacle Bank Arena August 14, one month ahead of schedule. Mayor Chris Beutler, Councilman Gene Carroll and NU Regent Tim Clare credited the people involved for completing the project on budget and sooner than originally planned.

"This was a monumental project being done under an incredibly tight time frame," said Mayor Beutler, JPA Chair. "There were probably a thousand things that could have gone wrong, and we did have a couple of challenges along the way, but at the end of the day we did it right. We hired the best, and the visible result of those good decisions is now gleaming on the City of Lincoln's horizon to the west."

The Mayor recognized the JPA's project team and the Mortenson-Hampton construction team.

"It was very important to those of us in Lincoln to make sure this historically large project was not only a catalyst for new development, but that it also provided much needed jobs for our community," Beutler said. "Hampton and Mortenson took the lead, reaching out to all our local craft workers, getting them engaged in the project as well as engaging our local businesses by helping them team with larger firms so they could get their employees on the job site and working. Mortenson, taking their vast experience in sports construction of projects this size, stepped up to help us construct a state of the art civic arena under the stresses of an aggressive timeline and construction within and next to active railroad lines."

Beutler also thanked BNSF Railway for its cooperation in moving railroad tracks and the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality for its assistance with the successful environmental cleanup in the West Haymarket area.

SMG announced yesterday that the first concert at the Pinnacle Bank Arena will be Canadian singer Michael Bublé on Friday, September 13. The latest CD from the Grammy Award winner debuted at number one on Billboard Magazine's Top 200 pop charts, and the artist has sold more than 30 million records worldwide. The concert is one of several grand opening events being planned. Two other concerts were announced previously - Jason Aldean on September 19 and Pink on November 9.

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