Construction of a new Haymarket-area arena for University of Nebraska sports is officially underway, as a groundbreaking ceremony was held this morning to commemorate the occasion.
Gov. Dave Heineman was on hand with university and city officials to mark the beginning of work on the 16,000-seat arena, largely funded by a 2 percent tax on bars and restaurants in the city. When all is said and done, the city will spend $340 million on a remaking of the Haymarket district, one of the oldest parts of Lincoln, which will include new roads and other infrastructure improvements.
Work on the arena site actually began last fall with some site prep, including the rerouting of a train line.
The new arena is slated to open in 2013.
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