Final Beam Raised for Pinnacle Bank Arena

By: Associated Press/City of Lincoln Press Release
By: Associated Press/City of Lincoln Press Release

The final beam has been lifted into place for an arena that will house the University of Nebraska-Lincoln basketball program.

Officials from the City, State and University of Nebraska-Lincoln today participated in a topping out ceremony, as the final steel beam was lifted into place for Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The event also recognized the hundreds of construction workers who are building the arena and their excellent safety record. The arena construction team has achieved 180 days and more than 500,000 craft worker hours without a safety incident.

The topping out ceremony is a custom in the construction industry, and the beam traditionally carries an evergreen tree and a flag as it is hoisted into place. “The tree symbolizes growth and brings good luck, and our beautiful American flag symbolizes a nation of people committed to hard work and freedom,” Mayor Beutler said.

“This redevelopment is about jobs and, even more importantly, it is about people. Today, we honor the people on the ground who truly are doing the heavy lifting. The arena workers have put so much pride and sweat equity into this project. We cannot thank them enough for the amazing job they are doing.”

The ceremony today included performances by the UNL Cornhusker Pep Band, Herbie Husker and the Spirit Squad.

Those attending had the opportunity to sign the beam, which was already signed by hundreds of members of the public at two events last week – the Husker men’s basketball game with Creighton and the First Friday Art Walk in the Haymarket.

The arena is on schedule to be completed in fall 2013.

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