Bob Devaney Sports Center
Named after longtime NU Athletic Director and football coach, the Devaney Center boasts an impressive array of training, competitive, and spectator amenities, highlighted by a hydraulic-banked track.
Manufactured by Mondo USA, the track was part of a $2.979 million renovation in 2000. Hawkins Construction of Omaha was the contractor in charge of the project, which was finished 44 days ahead of schedule.
The facility received a $1.1 million dollar facelift prior to the start of the 2011 season as the oval was resurfaced, the interior was repainted, new lights were installed and a 24x14-foot video board was hung.
One of four hydraulic-banked tracks in the nation and one of eight in the world, NU's 200-meter track has the largest radius (67 feet) of any indoor-banked track in the world. The banks and all the running surfaces rest on a sleeper system, which is made of both steel (banks) and wood (straightaways) frames.
The Devaney Center accommodates up to 5,000 spectators for all track and field events and new bleachers were installed prior to the 2012 season.
The Devaney Sports Center has played host to a number of the country's premiere track and field events, having hosted the final Big Eight Indoor Championships in 1996 and the first-ever Big 12 meet in 1997. Nebraska played host to the Big 12 Indoor Championships nine times in 15 years, including six straight championships from 2001 to 2006 and in 2011.
The Husker women won the team title in the team's final season in the Big 12 Conference. The Big Ten Indoor Championships came to the Devaney Center in 2012, the Huskers' first season as a member of the Big Ten.
Ed Weir Stadium
Outdoors, the Huskers run on a Mondo synthetic rubber surface at Ed Weir Stadium. The track is next to Memorial Stadium and Hawks Championship Center, allowing for easy access to weigh rooms, athletic medicine and indoor training facilities. The track is being completely resurfaced for the 2013 season.
Nestled between Memorial Stadium, the Hawks Championship Center and the NU Coliseum, the Huskers' outdoor track is in the very heart of Nebraska's athletic complex. Ed Weir Stadium is bordered on the south by stand-alone columns and provides a beautiful setting for home meets from its nearly 3,500 seats.
Constructed in 1975, Ed Weir Stadium celebrated its 25th anniversary with a $2 million track replacement in the spring of 2000. The facility features a Mondo synthetic rubber surface, the same surface utilized by many of the world's other top competitive sites, including Olympic Stadium in Athens, Greece, which hosted the 2004 Summer Olympics and the Bird's Nest in Beijing, China, which hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics.
In addition to the track upgrade, Ed Weir Stadium has also ungergone several other facelifts in the past few years. Nebraska's recent additions of the Hawks Championship Center in 2005 and the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex in 2006 have provided the track with a second indoor warm-up center, new media facility and additional restrooms and concessions areas. The track underwent a $2.33 million renovation in 2012 where the entire track base and Mondo surface were replaced.
The track facility also utilizes the nearby Hawks Championship Center as an indoor warm-up and clerking area.
During the 36-year existence of Ed Weir Stadium, Nebraska has hosted eight National Junior Olympics, a USA-USSR Junior Dual Meet, six Big Eight Outdoor Championships, one Special Olympics and one BIg 12 Outdoor Championship. The Huskers also played host to the first-ever NCAA Midwest Regional Championships at the venue in 2003, and the event returned to the stadium in 2008.