Pershing Center
The Pershing Center is a 4,526-seat multi-purpose arena
An arena is an enclosed area, often circular or oval-shaped, designed to showcase theater, musical performances, or sporting events. It is composed of a large open space surrounded on most or all sides by tiered seating for spectators. The key feature of an arena is that the event space is the...

, in Lincoln, Nebraska
Lincoln, Nebraska
The City of Lincoln is the capital and the second-most populous city of the US state of Nebraska. Lincoln is also the county seat of Lancaster County and the home of the University of Nebraska. Lincoln's 2010 Census population was 258,379....

United States
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It is home to the Lincoln Capitols
Lincoln Capitols
The Lincoln Capitols were a professional indoor football team that played their home games at Pershing Auditorium in Lincoln, Nebraska, United States. They originally planned on becoming the Nebraska Knockout, but the name was scrapped. From 1999 to 2000, they were the Lincoln Lightning of the...

National Indoor Football League
National Indoor Football League was a professional indoor football league in the United States. For their first six years, the league had teams in markets not covered by either the Arena Football League or its developmental league, af2, however, that changed briefly with their expansion into AFL...

 indoor football team and the Lincoln Thunder
Lincoln Thunder
The Lincoln Thunder is an American Basketball Association expansion team in Lincoln, Nebraska that was introduced in the 2005-2006 season. The team has decided to take the 2006-2007 season off, but returned in November 2007.-External links:**...

 ABA basketball
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It is also a host site for the NSAA boys and girls state basketball, as well as the NSAA girls volleyball championships. It has hosted the National roller-skating championships dozens of times.

It has held many events in the past, including concerts and WWE/TNA house show wrestling events.

The Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The band was known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, and space rock, and for live performances of long...

's performance, on February 26, 1973, was recorded and makes up half of their live album, entitled Dick's Picks Volume 28.

The exterior and marquee of the arena are also featured in the 1981 film, This is Elvis
This Is Elvis
This Is Elvis is a 1981 documentary film directed by Andrew Solt and Malcolm Leo, based on the life of Elvis Presley. It combined archival footage with reenactments, and narration by pop singer Ral Donner. It was screened out of competition at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival...

, as it hosted one of Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
Elvis Aaron Presley was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. A cultural icon, he is widely known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King"....

's final concerts in 1977.

In 2008/2009, discussions have begun to build a new, larger arena for Lincoln NE due to mid sized arenas no longer able to meet the demands of most tours. According to Pershing General Manager Tom Lorenz "the music and entertainment industry has pulled back on midlevel tours, reducing the number of shows likely to come to Pershing. Normally, Pershing has six to eight concerts annually, but this year will have three or four".

Budget Shortfall of $150,000 was passed by the Lincoln city council because the situation was so dire, only "10 months into the fiscal year."

The new proposed arena
Lincoln Haymarket Arena
Lincoln Haymarket Arena is an indoor arena currently under construction in Lincoln, Nebraska. Once completed in 2013, it will have a seating capacity of roughly 16,500. It will host basketball games and will be the home of the University of Nebraska men's and women's teams...

in West Haymarket Park will feature a "15,000 seat arena will provide a new home to the UNL Mens and Women's basketball programs and will be adaptable to a variety of floor configurations for concerts, volleyball, wrestling tournaments, rodeos, trade shows and other events. The arena will feature premium suites, club seating, and an attached 150-room hotel. Nearby facilities will include a 250-room hotel, and three parking garages with built-in retail space."

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