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t www.sportseventsmagazine.com August 2017 59 Ames Ames is located in the heart of the state. As the home of Iowa State University, the city offers a unique variety of venues and facili- ties, and a community of sports fans. Hotel rooms: 1,574 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Iowa State University facilities: Jack Trice Stadium is a 61,500-seat football stadium. Hilton Coliseum is a 14,000-seat multipurpose arena. ISU Cross Coun- try Course is 8,000 meters for men and 6,000 meters for women. Beyer Hall is a 75,000-square-foot recreation building with a pool, gymnastics area and three basket- ball/volleyball courts. Lied Recreation Athletic Center has 20 basketball courts and two indoor tracks. The Cyclone Sports Complex hosts soccer, track and field, and softball. The Southwest Athletic Complex houses softball fields. Ames/ISU Ice Arena is an indoor ice arena. State Gym accom- modates basketball, volleyball, swimming and more. Other major facilities: Hunziker Youth Sports Complex hosts soccer and softball. Furman Aquatic Center houses a 50-meter pool. Ames Municipal Pool is a 25-meter, eight-lane pool. Contact: Ames Area Sports Commis- sion, www.visitames.com Cedar Rapids In eastern Iowa's Cedar Rapids, the sporting venues are easily accessible from all area hotels. In addition to easy transportation, the second-largest city in the state boasts major venues such as U.S. Cellular Center and Tuma Soccer Complex Hotel rooms: 3,000 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Major facilities: Tuma Soccer Complex boasts 32 fields. Cedar Rapids Ice Arena houses two sheets of ice (one NHL size, one Olympic size). Seminole Valley Park has a cross country course. Veterans Memorial Stadium is a 5,300-seat ballpark. Veterans Memorial Building has a 10,000-square- foot wood floor and is a multipurpose facility. Coming soon: Prospect Meadows is a new multi-million-dollar complex locat- ed on 128 acres. Phase I is set to open in Spring 2019 and will include an eight-field complex. Convention center: U.S. Cellular Center is a 6,800-seat multipurpose arena that's connected to the 267-room DoubleTree by Hilton and the U.S. Cellular Center Con- vention Complex. Located in the ► What's not to love about Iowa? The Midwestern state is an easy drive from many major metro areas, it's affordable, and the facilities are varied and mod- ern. Those are just a few of the reasons why numerous sports event planners choose the Hawkeye State again and again for all sorts of sports. "Iowa boasts facilities to host nearly any size event, from state cham- pionships to national events," said Jessica O'Riley, tourism communications manager for the Iowa Tourism Office. "There are also many affordable attrac- tions and offerings for visitors when they're not spectating or participating in events." n Biking in Cedar Valley ► SITE SELECTION GUIDE: IOWA IOWA Cedar Valley Sports Commission

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