How & Why you should attend UNO athletic events

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The student section unfurls a massive banner during a hockey game.
Erick Mauro
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Dear UNO freshmen: are you looking for something to do on campus without dropping too many dimes? Are you looking to make new friends? Sporting events are the way to go, and with all the fun athletic programs the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) has, there are many options to choose from.

Mav sports programs include both men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s golf, tennis, women’s volleyball, and of course, men’s hockey. Many of these are played at UNO’s very own venue: Baxter Arena, with a capacity of 7,898.

With all the awesome teams at UNO, hockey seems like a logical place to start. UNO hockey is played at Baxter Arena—they have been nationally ranked for much of the past few seasons. In fact, in 2015, they made a run to the Frozen Four.

For all regular-season hockey games, students can get in for free. All you must do is show up at Baxter Arena and show your MavCard at the student entrance. Men’s and women’s basketball, along with volleyball, also play their games at Baxter Arena, and admit students into games for no cost at all. Have no fear about parking—Baxter Arena offers free parking to all home on-campus events. Parking for any Baxter Arena event is available in several lots located around the complex.

For events at Caniglia Field, such as men’s and women’s soccer, parking is encouraged in the top level of the east parking garage – also known as Lot V. However, surface lot parking is only a first-come, first-serve basis on weeknight games, and is only allowed after 7 PM. One exception? Friday parking, when the entire campus is open to free parking anytime. The gates to the top floor of the garage will open one hour before game time to accommodate fans arriving early.

Maverick baseball plays their games at Seymour Smith Park. The park has a long history in the city of Omaha, having hosted many high school games, college games and numerous American Legion and state tournaments. The park is located on 68th Street and Harrison Street, with a capacity of 1,000.

UNO softball plays at Westside Field at Westbrook. This is as a result of a partnership with the Westside school district – the field is located at 80th Street and Western Street, about three miles away from campus.

One of the best parts about sporting events at UNO is all the free stuff. Check your email for messages from Student Involvement, who will occasionally send out invites to pre-game parties and giveaways. These gatherings will frequently feature free food.

While most UNO sports programs have released their schedules, some have yet to be announced. To keep an eye on your favorite teams, buy tickets, or check schedules head to Omavs.com. The site also includes parking maps for Baxter Arena.

Can’t make it out to the game? Be sure to catch all the action on the radio. UNO athletics will often be called on 1180 AM Zone 2. And if that doesn’t work for you, be sure to follow the Mavericks on social media – keep track of all the teams by following @unothegateway for all your latest sports news.

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