Devaney Sports Center

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Devaney Sports Center

Sinclair Hille Architects, in association with HOK, designed a substantial renovation of the UNL Devaney Sports Center. Originally constructed in 1976, this facility underwent a complete interior renovation and partial exterior upgrade that now provides a state-of-the-art 9,000 seat competition arena, a 1,000 seat natatorium with swimming and diving pools, and a 5,000 seat indoor track. In addition to competition venues, the Devaney Center provides athletic medicine, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, strength training complex and practice gym for wrestling.

A crucial aspect of the design process was to preserve the distinctive ambiance of the iconic Coliseum, the former home of the Nebraska Volleyball program. Sinclair Hille Architects aimed to maintain the intimate atmosphere and vibrant energy that fans cherished while enhancing seating capacity. Through exceptional design and close collaboration with the University of Nebraska athletic program and volleyball staff representatives, this delicate balance was achieved seamlessly.The Devaney Sports Center improvements provide exceptional performance and training facilities for UNL Athletic Programs and first-class event space for Husker fans. 


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The Concordia University Team has always worked through the design process with Sinclair Hille’s leadership and come away feeling like our project priorities were understood. Setting overall project goals in the initial design meeting with Sinclair Hille has proven to be a key to our success.

Dave Kumm

CFO, Concordia University