New Home for Husker Volleyball
After the men's and women's basketball teams move to Lincoln's new downtown Pinnacle Bank Arena following the 2012-13 season, the Nebraska volleyball team will find a new home at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Devaney Center will receive a $20.5 million facelift that will include a 10,000 sq. ft. grand entrance addition on the south side, interior renovation of the arena level, concourse level and arena interior. Premium seating will be added with the addition of suites and a new premium seating hospitality room. Construction of a volleyball varsity locker room and new volleyball offices will also take place. Arena renovation also includes an Olympic volleyball playing surface along with floor level seating moved closer to the court. Construction began in the summer of 2012.
At the NU Coliseum, the volleyball team has its own locker room, which is located right next to the team’s athletic medicine area. Along with having large individual locker spaces for each player, the locker room also offers study areas and a team lounge with television and couches.
Housed at Nebraska’s Hawks Championship Center, the volleyball team is able to train on an indoor sand court that is Olympic-sized at 8x16 meters. The sand is the same surface used during Olympic Beach Volleyball, as it has been washed and polished to prevent dust.
The Nebraska coaching staff is located on the second floor of the NU Coliseum in offices that were renovated in 2007. The Huskers’ three national titles are highlighted in the office lobby, along with various other team and individual accomplishments. The staff also has a large meeting area and a room for video work.
Even though the NU Coliseum was redesigned specifically for volleyball in 1992, the 4,030-seat Coliseum provided Nebraska volleyball with an unmatched home court advantage from 1975 through the team's final season at the Coliseum in 2012. Head Coach John once said, “If the volleyball gods wanted to build a volleyball court, the Coliseum would be it. Everyone feels part of the event.”
The NU Coliseum holds the nation’s longest sellout streak across on all women’s athletics at 181 straight matches through the 2012 season. The demand to see one of the nation’s top programs is unmatched across the country, as tickets for the 2012 season sold out in less and one hour. The passion of Nebraska fans has helped the Huskers rank in the top three nationally in attendance every season for the past 23 years, while they were one of only two programs nationally to average more than 5,000 fans a contest in 2009 and more than 4,000 in 2010.
The Coliseum also consisted of 64 court-side club seats, as Nebraska was one of the first programs in the country to offer premium seats.