There’s one reason for hockey fans to come down to Omaha, and that’s to see the Mavericks in action. Whenever the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks hit the ice, you know you’re in for a good time. With a strong line-up for this coming season and leadership from one of the most visionary coaches in the region, you can expect hard hitting action that’s sure to make you cheer. Even now, fans are lining up to order their tickets for this season’s games, so you have to act fast.
We have the latest scoop on upcoming games at the Baxter Arena so you can stay one step ahead of other fans. And with a few simple clicks, you’ll have all the tickets you need for upcoming home games from this amazing squad.
About Omaha Arena
Baxter Arena, once known as the UNO Community Arena, is the sports arena owned and operated by the University of Nebraska Omaha. It is located in Omaha, Nebraska and was completed and opened to the public in 2015. It serves as the home for several of the university’s sports teams including the Omaha Mavericks men’s hockey team. The first event held at the arena was a match between the Mavericks men’s ice hockey team against Air Force, which they won 4-2.
The following are the teams that call the arena home.
- Omaha Mavericks men’s ice hockey
- Omaha Mavericks men’s basketball
- Omaha Mavericks women’s basketball
- Omaha Mavericks women’s volleyball
In 2012, Omaha’s then-mayor, Jim Suttle announced that the Omaha Civic Auditorium would close in 2014. This was due to the excessive maintenance costs that the facility required. This would leave Omaha without a mid-sized indoor venue and would have a major impact on the Omaha Mavericks Ice Hockey team. Because while the team played their home games out of CenturyLink Center Omaha, they played practice games at the closing venue.
This was a problem, especially because the Mavericks were one of the few NCAA Division I hockey teams that did not have a dedicated practice facility. Also, the 14,000 seat CenturyLink Center was seen as too large for the hockey program’s needs.
So plans were set to build a new arena. And the team chose a site at the Aksarben Village development. The planned arena was approved and a $75 million budget was planned (though the venue’s final cost came close to $81.6 million).
The completed arena has a fixed seat capacity of 7,898. It features 17 luxury suites, 750 club seats, and a 750-seat student section. The arena also has two separate ice sheets, one for main games and one as a practice facility for the Mavericks. The fact that the arena’s focal point is the community ice was a deliberate design choice. As a third of the venue’s ice time is provided for community purposes.
Ice Hockey Team Summary
The Omaha Mavericks Men’s Ice Hockey team, also known as the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks or the UNO Mavericks, is a Division I college ice hockey program. They represent the University of Nebraska Omaha and play as a member of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC). They play their home games out of the Baxter Arena since it opened in 2015.
The program began in 1997 and has since qualified for the NCAA tournament on four occasions. During their 2015 tournament run, the team made their first appearance in the tournament semifinals, branded by the NCAA as a part of the Frozen Four.
The Mavericks have a long history of stunning seasons and spectacular finishes. This includes four NCAA Tournament appearances and several award winning players. Here’s a brief list of those achievements.
NCAA Tournament Frozen Four
NCAA Tournament appearances
2006, 2011, 2015, 2021
AHCA First Team All-Americans
- 2005-06: Scott Parse, F
- 2013-14: Josh Archibald, F
AHCA Second Team All-Americans
- 2000-01: Greg Zanon, D
- 2001-02: Greg Zanon, D; Jeff Hoggan, F
- 2006-07: Scott Parse, F
- 2012-13: Ryan Walters, F
- 2016-17: Luc Snuggerud, D; Austin Ortega, F