Pavelka Calls Devaney Center Finale a "Melancholy" Night

By: 10/11 Sports
By: 10/11 Sports

The Bob Devaney Sports Center has been home to Nebraska basketball for 37 years. Kent Pavelka spent many of those seasons courtside as the Huskers' play-by-play radio announcer. Pavelka recalls his first broadcast from the Huskers' inaugural season at the 13,000-seat arena. It was a 1976 contest against Iowa and the time in between, according to Pavelka, was "gone in a heartbeat."

"Its a melancholy day for me," Pavelka said. Pavelka, along with the rest of Husker Nation, will bid the venue farewell on Wednesday night as the Huskers' play their final game at the Devaney Center.

"Its not like there have been 7 or 8 teams that have gone on to play in the Sweet 16 or Elite 8," Pavelka said. "We haven't had that kind of success. I don't think you need that to have memories of relationships."

Entering Wednesday's home finale, Nebraska had won 446 games at the Devaney Center. The Huskers will move into Lincoln's new Pinnacle Bank Arena for the 2013-14 season.


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