This year’s must-see Omaha athletics home games


Jack Hoover
Sports Editor

UNO Spirit Day at Caniglia Field for Durango Days at the University of Nebraska at Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska, Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Photo courtesy of UNO Communications.

Here’s a fun fact: possessing a student ID card can get any Omaha student into any Omaha athletics home event for free.

All one has to do is hand over their card at a stadium entrance, let the employee at the entrance scan their card and just like that, you’re in! This sort of deal seems too good to be true, but indeed it isn’t. Maverick soccer, basketball, hockey and more can all be watched live for free at any Omaha stadium.

Now with the 2019-2020 school year fast approaching, there will be plenty of opportunities for students to try this trick out.

Of course, all Omaha athletic events are worth going to, but if you can’t make it to every single event, don’t worry – just try to make it to as many as you can. If you want to know which ones you really must go to, here are five Omaha athletic events this season that you don’t want to miss:

Women’s Soccer vs. Memphis

Location Al. F Caniglia Field

Date: September 1

Last season, Al. F Caniglia Field proved to be a fortress for Omaha women’s soccer. The team lost only one of eight home games played there, but they never faced a team at home like the Memphis Tigers. Ranked 20th in the pre-season coaches poll this season, the Tigers will give Omaha a chance to defend their home field against one of the top teams in the nation.

Men’s Soccer vs. Michigan

Location: Al F. Caniglia Field

Date: September 13

In addition to being a matchup against quality opposition, this match will also serve as a bit of revenge match for Omaha men’s soccer. Two seasons ago, Omaha played Michigan in Ann Arbor when the Wolverines were ranked 24th in the country. That game was a narrow defeat for the Mavericks as they fell 2-1 in overtime. Now, in front of their home fans, Omaha will be looking to flip the script and hopefully send Michigan home with a loss.

Women’s Basketball vs. Creighton

Location: Baxter Arena

Date: November 5

Meetings between Creighton and Omaha in any sport usually turn into the biggest games of the season. Currently, there are three regular season meetings scheduled between the Jays and the Mavericks this year. The other two matchups, one in men’s soccer and one in volleyball, are set to take place at Creighton. So, when the Jays come to play the Mavericks at Baxter Arena, it’s important that Omaha gets a large home support.

Men’s Basketball vs. North Dakota State

Location: Baxter Arena

Date: February 5

The game people will remember between these two teams is most likely to be last season’s Summit League Championship, which was won by the Bison 73-63. However, the other regular season meetings last season weren’t so bad either. In the game away at Fargo last year, Omaha overcame a 12-point deficit to defeat the Bison 58-50. Expect fireworks again when the teams meet this season.

Hockey vs. North Dakota

Location: Baxter Arena

Date: March 6, 7

This game would make this list in just about every season. Omaha and North Dakota hockey games always provide for great excitement in the way that games between two big rivals often tend to. Maverick hockey will likely have some added incentive to perform well in the rivalry series this year, as last year the Fighting Hawks won three out the four games played between the teams.