UNO is about to drastically change the look of Caniglia Field, which lost its longtime home team last year when the Mavericks’ football program was discontinued.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha is accepting bid proposals for the sale and removal of the bleachers on the east side and north end of the on-campus stadium. UNO is requiring that the work be done by June 15.
An advertisement in the Marketplace section of The World-Herald reads that “the property listed is university owned and is surplus to the needs” of UNO.
The UNO Facilities Management and Planning office is requesting that all bids be received by the completion of the business day Tuesday.
It is believed that Caniglia Field will be renovated to fit the needs of the Mavs’ NCAA Division I men’s and women’s soccer programs. UNO athletic department spokesman Dave Ahlers, however, said Monday that it’s too soon to comment on any immediate plans for the facility.
The west grandstand that features the three-level press box and connects to Sapp Fieldhouse will remain.
The east bleachers (seating about 4,000) span roughly 80 yards of the football field. The north bleachers (1,500) occupy one of the end zones. The two sets of bleachers account for just more than half the 9,500-seat capacity for Caniglia Field.
Other changes likely would include removal of some or all of the running track that encircles the football field and some form of renovation or movement to the FieldTurf playing surface and its dimensions.
UNO started playing football at Caniglia Field in 1949 when the school was Omaha University. But the 2010 season turned out to be its last when the school announced 14 months ago that it was dropping football and wrestling.
In January, The World-Herald reported that Omaha Creighton Prep would be moving its home games from Caniglia Field to Burke Stadium next season because UNO couldn’t assure Prep that the football stadium would be there for two more years.
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