Nebraska Multisport Complex (NMSC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to healthy living and athletic excellence to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds through a state-of-the-art, championship athletic complex. Founded in 2012 after the purchase of the 2012 US Olympic Swim Trials warm-up pool, this 184-acre Complex will feature an enclosed center with a Natatorium, Tennis Center, Fieldhouse, and outdoor regulation Playing Fields.
To inspire healthy living and strengthen community through a state-of-the-art, championship athletic park accessible to all.
The mission of NMSC is to provide people of all ages in the region with high-quality, year-round facilities needed to pursue a healthy lifestyle and competitive goals, as well as host regional and national sporting events that will have significant and recurring economic impact for the metropolitan area.
With the creation of the Omaha Sports Commission (OSC) in 2003, new focus was placed on the importance of leveraging the economic impact opportunities from tournaments and events resulting from the rise in sports tourism. That focused spurred the hosting of the 2008 U.S. Swim Trials, followed by the U.S. Swim Trials in 2012 and 2016. These events ignited the passion of several community influencers had for the life-long sports of swimming and tennis. Their passion turned into reality with the purchase of the 2012 U.S. Swim Trials Warm-up Pool and the formation of Nebraska Multisport Complex (NMSC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating healthy living and athletic excellence to people of all ages, abilities and background through a state-of-the-art, championship athletic facility.
This big idea grew legs with the commitment of a City park that added soccer to the mix. The outcome was a multisport facility that had identified the three sports with the oldest and most functionally obsolete facilities in the area coupled with the highest demand by youth, adults, and seniors. Further, existing facilities have a laundry list of deferred maintenance issues and are not able to host local events because they do not meet the regulatory requirements of the sports’ governing bodies. This situation not only limits opportunity for economic impact but also affects the quality of life for Nebraskans.
Findings from the NMSC Feasibility Study demonstrated that while the Omaha MSA has grown exponentially, the parks and recreation facilities used today are the same that were in existence more than 40 years ago. With the exception of university facilities, the only sports facilities built in recent history are T.D. Ameritrade Park and Werner Park – both are spectator destinations exclusive to baseball. If you live in the greater metro area, you have the privilege of attending major events at these facilities, but do not have the ability to participate. Further, existing facilities have not kept up with the growth and participation in sports and recreation, which today includes people of all ages and abilities.
NMSC is building a multisport facility concentrated on swimming, soccer and tennis. The 160-acre Complex will feature an enclosed center with a Natatorium, Tennis Center, and Fieldhouse with a full, regulation indoor soccer field. The indoor facility will have at least 3,000 spectator seats. Outdoor facilities include tennis courts, pools and regulation Playing Fields.
The Natatorium is a swim complex that will consist of three indoor pools and two outdoor pools. The swim complex will be ample-sized to host local, regional, national and international events. The centerpiece will be the indoor championship pool manufactured by Myrtha Pools® of Castiglione delle Stiviere (MN), Italy. This 53m x 26m x 10-lane pool will be the fastest pool in North America and the only pool in the nation to meet the new international competition standards set by FINA, the world governing body for aquatics. It will also be the showcase for Myrtha Pools®.
The Tennis Center consists of 6 indoor and 6 outdoor tennis courts as well as four regulation squash courts, three singles and one double. The 12 outdoor, regulation Playing Fields with field turf and lighting will accommodate a range of sports including soccer, rugby, field hockey and lacrosse.
NMSC’s commitment to healthy living, preventative healthcare, and amateur sports will extend to the entire community through a programming model with training and classes designed for all ages, from the youngest to the oldest seniors. The Complex will also provide state-of-the-art accessibility and the facilities and equipment to enable teaching, fitness, sport and training programs for the disabled and those with special needs including learn-to-swim and learn-to-play programs.
With new economic impact of nearly $18 million annually and an annual attendance estimated at 1.2 million visitors, NMSC will enhance the quality of life for all Nebraskans, grow our economy, enhance our State’s reputation and image, and continue to build our national reputation. It also capitalizes on sports tourism and sets the gold standard in facilities. In addition, it promotes healthy living to all generations. Nebraska Multisport Complex will make Nebraska a true amateur sports destination – one of the finest in the nation.