Baxter Arena hosted its first athletic event on Oct. 23, 2015 when the Omaha hockey team hosted Air Force, winning 4-2. The building is the on-campus home of UNO hockey, men's and women's basketball and volleyball. Construction began in the spring of 2014, and the state-of-the-art facility, funded in part by individual contributors in the Omaha community, has already taken its place among the finest athletic venues in the country.
The arena seats 7,898 for hockey and features both the main arena for competition and a community ice sheet that serves as both an alternate practice facility for the hockey team as well as a venue for public skating, youth hockey, figure skating, club hockey and campus recreation.
The building also hosts concerts, graduations and other campus and community events.
Baxter Arena will be the anchor for future development by Omaha Athletics on the former grounds of Chili Greens Golf Course. Future projects could include baseball and softball fields as well as tennis and indoor track & field facilities.
Fundraising for the arena was led by Heritage Services of Omaha and the University of Nebraska Foundation.