Bringing in big name musicians, sporting events and conventions lead to the CenturyLink Center to another profitable fiscal year for 2016-2017.
The Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority and CenturyLink Center Omaha turned a $5 million profit for the 2016-2017 season. MECA President and CEO Roger Dixon says he credits a number of factors to the CenturyLink Centers continued success. "The concert business remains strong. We've got the NCAA Regional Basketball in March that again is going to be strong. Our convention business has been very well and let's not forget about our Creighton team that plays here. Their great fans are drawing big crowds this year. So that all contributes to what's gonna be hopefully another good year."
Dixon says there are a number of reasons big events are drawn to the CenturyLink Center. "Our community supports what we bring in here and we maintain this facility. From the revenue we generate, we pour back in. People are still amazed how new this facility looks."
Some of those recent improvements include the installation of free WiFi in the arena and lactation suites for nursing mothers. Upcoming projects include parking lot concrete repairs and roof replacement over a large section of CenturyLink Center. All these improvements come at no cost to the taxpayer.