Omaha Civic Auditorium is a multi-purpose convention center in Omaha, Nebraska.
1954, it surpassed the Ak-Sar-Ben
Coliseum as the largest convention/entertainment complex in the
city, until the completion of Qwest Center Omaha in 2003.
The Civic Auditorium arena currently seats up to 9,300 people for
sporting events and up to 10,960 for concerts
past, the arena was home to the Creighton Bluejays men's
basketball team, the University of
Nebraska at Omaha hockey team, the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights American Hockey League team, and the
NBA's Kansas City-Omaha Kings
basketball team (1972-75).
Today, it is home to the Omaha Beef
team and the
Creighton women's basketball and volleyball
teams. It is also used for trade
shows, concerts, smaller conventions, and local graduations.
February 2009, the Junior-A United States Hockey League
announced on its website that the Omaha
Lancers franchise would be moving to the Civic Auditorium from
Center across the river in Council Bluffs.
The arena was the site of the Missouri Valley Conference
basketball tournament title game in 1978 and 1981. It was also the
site of the seventh
WWF In Your House
pay-per-view in 1996.
"You're no Jack Kennedy"
A memorable event at the Civic Auditorium was the 1988 U.S.
between Democrat Lloyd Bentsen
and Republican Dan Quayle
. The debate produced one of the most
famous quotes in American
Quayle, then a U.S.
Senator from Indiana, had been a
relative political unknown and reporters covering the campaign
wondered if he would make a suitable president if something were to
have happened to George H.W.
, who selected him as his
running mate. In response to a question, Quayle pointed out that he
had as much experience in the Senate as John F. Kennedy
had prior to being elected
President of the United
in 1960. To which, Bentsen, a Senate veteran from
Texas, responded: "Senator, I served with Jack Kennedy, I
knew Jack Kennedy, Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine.
Senator, you're no Jack
The Civic Auditorium Music Hall, located on the east side of Omaha
Civic Auditorium is used for concerts, Broadway shows, and other
events. It currently seats 2,453 and is well known for its intimate
yet casual atmosphere.
The Civic Auditorium exhibit hall features 43,400 square feet
(4,000 m²) of space for conventions and trade shows.
Mancuso Hall is a large-events venue used for parties, trade shows,
concerts, banquets, and conventions, among other events. 25,000
square feet (2300 m²) of space, Mancuso Hall seats 2,500 for
concerts and 1,500 for banquets.