LINCOLN — When the Nebraska volleyball team moves out of the Coliseum following this season, no massive changes are expected to be made to the building, said Bill Goa Jr., UNL’s senior associate director of campus recreation.
Instead, campus rec will be able to increase the amount of space used for intramural sports, fitness classes and open gym use. Campus rec currently has full-time use of eight multipurpose courts and will gain the full-time use of several more after the Huskers move into the Devaney Center, which is undergoing a $20 million renovation. The renovation is expected to be completed in time for the volleyball team to move in next fall.
Goa said that because the Coliseum’s north section of bleachers ends very close to the sidelines of the multipurpose courts, campus rec will consider removing them for safety. The Coliseum’s permanent seating in the south, east and west sides will allow the building to continue to be used for assembly events like Big Red Welcome, a start-of-the-school-year festival, and homecoming activities.
The NU athletic department will keep the locker room, training room and office space in the Coliseum, but plans for its use haven’t been finalized, said Butch Hug, Nebraska’s associate athletic director for facilities. The women’s gymnastics and rifle programs currently have office space down the hall from the volleyball offices in the Coliseum. The athletic department has discussed moving the golf and tennis coaching staffs into the Coliseum, Hug said.
The Husker wrestling team, which holds home matches in the Coliseum, will move its competitions to Devaney after the renovation. The team already has its training area and offices in the Hendricks Training Complex, adjacent to the Devaney Center.