Archway Facts

  • Ground was broken on July 2, 1998
  • Arch rolled across interstate – August 16, 1999
  • Official Opening – June 9, 2000
  • Archway weight – 1,500 tons
  • Clear span over interstate – 308 feet
  • 693 fire sprinklers installed
  • Cost – $59.7 million
  • Size – 79,000 square feet
  • Height – 30’ above the interstate
  • 116’ from the ground to the tip of the wings
  • Bronze ticket windows weigh 400 pounds each
  • 66 miles of electrical wire
  • 15 miles of electrical conduit
  • 4 miles of welding
  • 5,000 cubic yards of concrete – foundation
  • Entry escalator – 2nd longest in Nebraska
  • Entrance – gold picture frame – 25 tall by 31 feet wide
  • Gold picture frame – 360’ of fiber optics used
  • 24 mannequins used – based on faces of real people
  • Average mannequin cost – $15,000
  • 15,600 pieces of end grained Southern Yellow Pine – Food Court floor
  • Sculpture – north tower wings – weigh 7 tons – 3,350 hours to build
  • Sandstone slate flooring came from Colorado
  • Murals include faces of local citizens
  • Spruce logs came from Canada and Montana
  • 89,000 blades of grass used throughout The Archway
  • President Bill Clinton visited on December 8, 2000
  • The Archway was featured in the 2002 movie “ About Schmidt”
  • Flagpole outside is 80′ tall with a 20’x30′ flag. Donated by local Rotary groups