Knocking it out of the Park: Lincoln’s Haymarket Development
Lincoln traditions of things like sampling The Mill Coffee and walking on the pedestrian bridge towards Saltdogs stadium have only grown to epic heights over the last year or so. With additions such as the ultra equipped music venue Vega and The Pinnacle Bank Arena, This area congruent with west downtown Lincoln is quickly exceeding expectations of what everyone always envisioned. During the 1880’s, Lincoln’s population really boomed and quadrupled; many of the beautiful old warehouses were constructed then. Tons of staple businesses like The Indian Oven have been anchors here, attracting folks left and right with big city style offerings. In September of 2011, construction began on the brightest and best of the vision for the arena, now a cultural hub and staple for the city.
Anchoring the 344 Million dollar West Haymarket Development project, the well planned development of the arena provides out of this world year round entertainment, all of the upper end sporting events, and a whopping estimated annual attendance of around 700,000. With a center stage capacity of 15,900 and over 470,000 square feet, the “wow” factor was in place immediately as soon as construction began. The area around the arena has always been waiting for the anchor of a large city style venue to tie it together, and you can really take in the charms of the Haymarket any time of year. Hosting huge events like Larry the Cable Guy and Carlos Santana, it’s also a favorite for wrestling, local beerfests, and UNL graduation. Comedians like Jeff Dunham and even Katy Perry have graced the stage of this long awaited and needed arena for Lincoln.
Software firm Xpanxion is happy to have a hub office in the area, and recognizes the Haymarket district as a very exciting place to have an office. The buzz of tech culture and what it has to offer a software developing company is well and alive in the Haymarket; a district laden with coffee shops, culture, and the funky artistic flair that many are drawn to. Everyone already knows that Lincoln itself is poised to grow by perhaps another 120,000 by the year 2040; and is ranked one of the safest places to live among fastest growing. Yoga studios, homemade craft shops, and flavorful chains like Old Chicago highlight this area of Lincoln that is the absolute coolest and cutting edge. Bread and Cup, excellent local staples like Maggie’s Vegetarian Cafe, and the wonderfully moody Cafe Indigo checker this urban landscape with it’s head tilted wonderfully towards the future. There’s even a Blue Sushi and sake Grill, and you can still take in a killer venue like Jack’s for 25 cent tacos. The Haymarket is knocking it out of the park in many ways; the recent development is going to make many midwestern heads turn toward the future and green sustainable expansion.