Kearney, Neb. Votes to Build $34 Million Mega Sports Complex

KEARNEY, NEB.— The voters in Kearney, Neb. have elected to proceed with breaking ground on a 206,000-square-foot indoor sporting complex.

A mock-up of the new facility shows its large size.

Now that the complex has the all clear to break ground, the Kearney City Council has elected to put forth $34 million towards the project, as well as elect a new one percent restaurant tax to pay for the building.

The complex will be built near exit 80 on the main Interstate, and will be easy to access—a main selling point of the facility.

The complex will include both a year-round facility for all local sports and activities as well as a large arena for regional competitions and championship.

“There is just a positive outlook among so many community members. It’s a forward-thinking attitude in Kearney, and that’s a great thing to see, especially coming out of a pandemic,” says Jon Garner, leader of the complex campaign. “I’ve been to so many meetings, and all the feedback we heard was really good. Once people understood the proposal they were fully in favor. We never had an organized resistance. It seemed like positive support from the community.”

According to local sources, the complex will save nearly $17 million in the first year alone by bringing sports to the area rather than nearby major cities such as Lincoln.

Garner also goes on to say that “Kearney will now have the capabilities to host large sporting events and bring new opportunities to town. With today’s approval, now the work can begin.”