Where We Work
Local 42 has multi-year term Collective Bargaining Agreements in place with the following employers:
Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority (MECA)
The Arena seats up to 18,300 for concerts, 17,560 for basketball (home of Creighton University Bluejays men's basketball team) and 16,680 for hockey.
Major sporting events in the CenturyLink Center Omaha Arena include the 2010 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, the 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, the 2008 and 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball 1st and 2nd Rounds, and the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming.
Major concerts in the CenturyLink Center Omaha Arena include The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, U2, Billy Joel and Elton John on the same stage, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Kenny Chesney, Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Jimmy Buffett,.Garth Brooks and many more.
Other major events include the Berkshire Hathaway Annual Shareholders meeting and Ak-Sar-Ben’s River City Rodeo and Stock Show.
Omaha Performing Arts
Omaha Performing Arts is the largest arts institution in Nebraska. The organization is dedicated to enriching the lives of the citizens of Omaha and surrounding communities. In its two venues: the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center, the organization presents the best of Broadway, jazz, blues, dance, comedy, family and popular entertainment, along with a range of educational programs and free community events.
Two Landmark Venues
Located in downtown Omaha, the Orpheum Theater and Holland Performing Arts Center are vital to the city’s cultural life. Built in 1927, the Orpheum Theater is a former vaudeville house and home to Broadway in Omaha. The largest touring Broadway productions, such as Disney’s THE LION KING, WICKED and THE BOOK OF MORMON, have been presented at the theater by Omaha Performing Arts, who also welcomes the finest dance companies, stand-up comedians, contemporary music artists and other theatrical productions to the venue. In addition, the theater also hosts Opera Omaha, a variety of private and community events, such as high school graduations, local dance recitals and weddings.
The Holland Performing Arts Center opened in 2005 and was instantly heralded for its stunning architecture and superior acoustics. At the Holland, Omaha Performing Arts presents world-class musical events—from legendary jazz and blues artists to country and world-music ensembles. The performing arts center’s stage has been graced by numerous award-winning and iconic entertainers, including Wynton Marsalis, Yo-Yo Ma, Tony Bennett, Bobby McFerrin, Herbie Hancock and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. In addition to hosting the Omaha Symphony, a variety of private and community events—weddings, receptions and corporate gatherings—occur at the Holland.
The Tyson Events Center featuring the Gateway Arena. The 10,000 seat Gateway Arena is an extremely flexible venue for a wide variety of entertainment and sporting events. The facility includes a full-size ice hockey rink with a U-shaped seating bowl surrounding it. A stage for performances can be placed either at the open end of the seating bowl or in the center of the floor for “in-theround” shows.
The Sioux City Orpheum was designed by the nationally known Chicago firm of Rapp & Rapp and constructed in 1927 as part of the Orpheum Circuit. The major developer and promoter for the theatre was local Sioux City businessman, Arthur Sanford. It was the largest theatre in the State of Iowa at its time and was certainly somewhat of a risk financially for Mr. Sanford, with a total construction cost of 1.75 million. This once opulent vaudeville and moving picture house boasted a large 2,690 seat, six story auditorium complete with a 21 rank Wurlitzer pipe organ, half circle boxes, hand carved detailing, gilded ornamentation, several crystal chandeliers and a hand painted ceiling. Throughout the years, the Orpheum was used for symphony performances, ballet and special attractions and hosted entertainers such as Fred Astaire, Tallulah Bankhead, and Katherine Hepburn, Kirk Douglas, John Barrymore, Joseph Cotton, and Joe E. Brown. In the 1970’s and 80’s the Orpheum was remodeled and turned into a movie house finally closed to the public in 1992.
In 1989 a nonprofit organization, the Orpheum Theatre Preservation Project, Ltd. (OTPP), was established for the purpose of pursuing the fund raising necessary to renovate and reopen the theatre. The Orpheum Theatre Preservation Project was involved with the acquisition of the theatre building, renovating and remodeling of the interior and exterior, and the establishment of an endowment fund. The total cost of the project was approximately $15 million, with funding from grants, foundations and private donations. OTPP began the restoration process in 1999. Approximately two years and thousands of hours later, the Orpheum Theatre was re-opened on September 15, 2001. Since the grand re-opening, the theatre has provided the Siouxland area an opportunity to attend performances by fabulous performers like Bill Cosby, Sheryl Crow, BB King, Bob Dylan, Wynton Marsalis, David Copperfield, Willie Nelson, Jewel, Alison Kraus, and Jerry Seinfeld. In addition, thousands have witnessed spectacular Broadway shows and enjoy hearing the Sioux City Symphony.