Steelhouse Omaha

Omaha Performing Art's new live music venue, Steelhouse Omaha, will open May 12, 2023. The venue is part of the planned expansion of O-pa's art and entertainment campus near the Holland Center and will provide flexible space to accommodate audiences of 1,500 - 3,000.


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Between Dodge St. and Capitol Ave., from 11th to 12th streets


Flexible space to accommodate audiences of 1,500 to 3,000


O-pa has partnered with Live Nation as the exclusive promoter for the venue


Steelhouse opens Friday, May 12, 2023




Steelhouse Facts and Figures


  • Steelhouse Omaha will be O-pa’s third venue – Opening May 12, 2023
  • 1,500 to 3,000 standing capacity - flexible space
  • No similar capacity venue in Omaha
  • Target age demographic: 18 – 45
  • Activates significant community investments – Riverfront Revitalization, Capitol District, and Builder’s District
  • Project team: Ennead Architects (New York), Holland Basham Architects, Fisher Dachs (New York) theater consultants and Threshold Acoustics (Chicago), and Kiewit Building Group.
  • UNL Impact Study – annual economic impact of $13M with estimated attendance of 155,000
  • Cost: $104.1 million dollars. Privately funded, plus $1.1 million from the City of Omaha.
  • Unique performance space will provide the opportunity to present new and innovative programs in non-traditional layouts. It will also provide an exciting place for local artists and community groups to innovate and create.





Steelhouse Construction Timeline


News & Updates

Signs of Progress at Steelhouse Omaha
Marquees Rise Into Place


OMAHA, NE (November 4, 2022) – Exciting signs of progress continue at Omaha Performing Arts’ (O-pa) new live music venue, Steelhouse Omaha, under construction at 11th and Dodge Streets.
The latest milestone celebrates the large and small marquees lifted by crane into place at the main entrance on the Southeast corner. An Omaha area company, SIGNWORKS, worked with the Steelhouse project team to coordinate the heavy lifting and installation. The large marquee and frame weighs approximately 5,200 pounds and the smaller screen and frame weighs 1,500 pounds.

The Steelhouse marquees include digital sign technology from Watchfire that involves a tighter resolution that allows the images on the screen to be more life-like. The screen resolution utilizes clusters of LED lights that are six millimeters apart which is best for close viewing distances, like concert fans walking down Dodge Street or visitors to Gene Leahy Mall. As a comparison point, digital signs on interstates, where the sign will be installed at a great height
or are farther away from traffic, typically use a wider pixel spacing, like the nineteen-millimeter models.

Other recent milestones include the South and North exterior Steelhouse lights turning on and the concrete poured in the patio area on the Southwest end of Steelhouse.

The grand opening of Steelhouse is on Friday, May 12, 2023. The planning for the opening performance is underway and the details will be announced at a later date.

Steelhouse Omaha Signage Lights Come On

OMAHA, NE (October 17, 2022) – Steelhouse Omaha's lights turn on for the first time. 

Steelhouse Omaha Opening Date Announced

OMAHA, NE (July 19, 2022) – Omaha Performing Arts (O-pa) has announced the grand opening of Steelhouse Omaha will be Friday, May 12, 2023, followed by a weekend of activities. The planning for the opening performance is underway and the details will be announced at a later date.

Steelhouse Celebrates First-Anniversary of Ground-breaking

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Friday, May 20 was the first anniversary of the groundbreaking for Steelhouse Omaha -- and we celebrated with stenciling for new signage on the Capitol Street side of the building! Doesn't it look amazing!? LIVE music coming to you in mid-2023!

Omaha Performing Arts Partners with Live Nation as Exclusive Promoter for Steelhouse Omaha

Omaha, NE (January 27, 2022) – Omaha Performing Arts (O-pa) announced today that Live Nation, the world’s leading live entertainment company, will be the exclusive promoter for its new live music venue Steelhouse Omaha. Located at 12th and Dodge Streets, Steelhouse Omaha is scheduled to open in mid-2023.

“We know this is a growing live music market, and Steelhouse Omaha will be a spectacular new venue for artists to play in Nebraska,“ said Jason Wright, President of Live Nation Midwest. "There is a lot of opportunity to bring more concerts to the city, and we really value the partnership with Omaha Performing Arts.”

Omaha Performing Arts will be responsible for the management and staffing of Steelhouse Omaha. “In addition to the live events and performances that Live Nation will promote in the new building, there will also be opportunities for community organizations to utilize Steelhouse Omaha,“ Squires added.

Steelhouse Omaha is part of the planned expansion of O-pa’s art and entertainment campus near the Holland Performing Arts Center. It will provide flexible space to accommodate audiences of 1,500 to 3,000. The $104.1M venue has been funded with private support and $1.1M from the City of Omaha. When it opens in 2023, Steelhouse is expected to have a transformational impact on the regional music scene, as well as the ongoing redevelopment of the city’s urban core and riverfront.

Project partners include Kiewit Building Group, Ennead Architects of New York City, and Holland Basham Architects of Omaha.


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