Civic Auditorium nearing its end

Civic Auditorium nearing its end

By Erin Golden November 5, 2012 11:47 am Comments

It looks like 2013 will be the last full year in business for the Omaha Civic Auditorium.

The 58-year-old facility, once the main hub of activity for concerts, conventions and sports events in Omaha, will close sometime in 2014.

Mayor Jim Suttle’s office says the City Council’s rejection of another study on the future of the Civic was the last straw for the facility. For years, officials had tossed around several ideas, including prserving the 2,315-seat Music Hall while demolishing the rest of the rest of the building.

Now, they’ve narrowed it down to a signle plan: find someone to buy the property, demolish the Civic and redevelop the area. That search is ongoing.

In the meantime, the facility is still hosting events, including part of the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in January.






The closing of the aging 9,300-seat arena, Music Hall and convention hall follows years of studies and debates over the building’s future.