Lincoln’s new Pinnacle Bank Arena will host all the high school championship basketball games as well as some preliminary rounds for the first time this year. The girls tournament is March 6-8, and the boys tournament is March 13-15.
Visitors will see many changes downtown with new roads, garages, hotels and restaurants in the Haymarket and West Haymarket. Construction continues in the West Haymarket and along “P” Street in downtown.
About 1,400 new “smart” parking meters were installed downtown a year ago, and the meter rate is now $1 an hour, making parking garages the cheapest downtown parking option.
The new meters also accept credit, debit and pre-paid parking cards and dollar coins in addition to dimes and quarters. Parking meters are enforced Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
SMG is offering $3 all-day event parking at the large festival space north of Pinnacle Bank Arena off Sun Valley Boulevard. The lot is a short distance from the arena and is connected by a pedestrian bridge.
SMG also is offering $5 all-day event parking at the “premium” garage attached to the arena. SMG parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The city is offering $5 all-day event parking for the tournaments at the Red 1 Garage at 555 R” St., just south of the arena. The all-day rate at this location is only $4 online at parkandgo.org.
In all other city garages and lots with the “Park and Go” signage, the first hour is free. The rate is then $1 per hour with a maximum of $9 for all-day parking. The facilities are:
• Lumberworks Garage, 700 “N” Street
• Market Place Garage, 925 “Q” Street
• Carriage Park Garage, 1128 “L” Street
• Cornhusker Garage, 1220 “L” Street
• West Depot Lot, 7th and “O” streets
• Haymarket Garage, 848 “Q” Street
• Que Place Garage, 1111 “Q” Street
• Center Park Garage, 1120 “N” Street
• University Square Garage, 101 N. 14th Street
All public parking with the exception of that purchased online is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Parking for oversized vehicles can be arranged by calling Pinnacle Bank Arena at 402- 904-4444 or PolygonCorp. at 402-770-7659. More information is available at 402-441-PARK (7275) and at parkandgo.org.
The Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau will have staff at each venue to help with questions. More visitor information is available at its website, lincoln.org.