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 August 09, 2003
'Qwest Center Omaha' Official Name Of New Convention Center And Arena

 The Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA) has announced that Qwest Communications International Inc. has secured naming rights to Omaha's new convention center & arena. The MECA board of directors approved the $14 million total package, 15-year naming rights and services agreement, officially naming the $291 million facility "Qwest Center Omaha."

Roger Dixon, executive director of MECA, said Qwest's long and rich history in Omaha makes it a perfect naming rights partner. "Qwest is one of Omaha's and Nebraska's largest and most respected employers, and we're pleased they have partnered with us on the naming rights," said Dixon. "Securing naming rights is in the best interest of Omaha taxpayers, because the vast majority of the revenue from the naming rights will go to the City of Omaha, where it will be used to pay down the city's bond debt associated with riverfront development."

"Qwest's investment in Qwest Center Omaha is one more demonstration of our continued commitment to the economic vitality of Omaha, the state of Nebraska and the Qwest region," said Rex Fisher, Qwest president for Nebraska. "Based on Qwest's heritage, it only makes sense for us to invest in Omaha's downtown revitalization. Today's announcement recognizes our 2,100 employees' and nearly 3,000 retirees' dedication to the Spirit of Service, and the positive contributions they have made in helping build this great state. This commitment to Omaha makes it clear that we are here to stay."

Mayor Mike Fahey said he was pleased that Qwest has secured the naming rights for the new facility.

"In just a few short weeks, Omahans will celebrate the long-awaited grand opening of our fabulous new facility. Qwest Center Omaha is the centerpiece of Omaha's tremendous reinvestment into our Downtown and Missouri Riverfront, and we will enjoy it for years to come. Our city's roots are on the riverfront, as is our present and future."

In addition to naming rights, Qwest is also ensuring Qwest Center Omaha is equipped with state-of-the-art network technology that provides for voice, wireless, video and high-speed data services. A fiber-based network is designed to meet the telecommunications needs of Qwest Center Omaha without interruption.