Club Owner Vies For Omaha Venue

A Minnesota club owner is making a push for a piece of the market in Omaha, Neb., with the recent offer to purchase a 25-acre plot of land for an entertainment development.

Myth club owner Mike Ogren and GM Jeff Kehr told the Omaha World-Herald they’ve been working on development plans for more than a year.

Ogren’s 4,000-capacity Myth nightclub in a St. Paul suburb would reportedly provide the model for the Omaha development.

The concept features a 5,000- to 7,000-seat outdoor amphitheatre as well as a two-level nightclub that would hold roughly 3,500 people, the paper reported. Plans for an attached restaurant similar to the House of Blues chain have also been floated.

While the offer to Union Pacific, which owns the land, has not been disclosed, Kehr told the World-Herald initial cost estimates for the development were between $10 million and $20 million. Future plans could include a chain of similar nightclubs throughout the Midwest, he said.

If Ogren succeeds in building the development, the new venue could provide competition for the Qwest Center arena as well as the city-owned Civic Auditorium. A proposed downtown ballpark currently in the works has also been discussed as a venue for outdoor concerts, the paper reported.