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AUG 2015

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Page 54 of 67 August 2015 55 A Midwestern state big on charm, "Iowa is a great sports destination because it's an affordable location for all kinds of sporting events," said Jessica O'Riley, tourism communications manager for the Tourism Offce of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. "The warm hospitality of Iowans enhances the experience for both competitors and fans." Contact: n Search for CVBs, sports commissions & sports facilities at Iowa's Sports Events Scene… S I T E S E L E C T I O N G U I D E : I O W A t Baseball in Council Blufs Iowa Cedar Rapids One of the largest cities in the state is Cedar Rapids. The eastern Iowa city boasts sports venues like the U.S. Cellular Center and the Tuma Soccer Complex. Hotel rooms: 3,012 Major venues: U.S. Cellular Center Arena is a 6,900-seat, 30,000-square-foot venue that is connected to the 276-room DoubleTree by Hilton and the new U.S. Cellular Center Convention Complex. Tuma Soccer Complex houses 32 soccer felds. Cedar Rapids Ice Arena offers two sheets of ice, including an NHL arena, with seating for 3,850 and Olympic ring with viewing for 400. Veterans Memorial Stadium is a 1,200-seat ballpark. Convention center: The U.S. Cellular Center includes a convention center with 80,000 square feet of space. The complex is attached to the 276-room DoubleTree by Hilton and is within walking distance of numerous downtown restaurants and attractions. Contact: Cedar Rapids Area CVB, Cedar Valley The Cedar Valley of Iowa consists of Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Waverly. The area is a sports destination offering facil- ities such as the UNI-Dome, the UNI Wellness and Recreation Center and the Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Complex. Hotel rooms: 2,200 Major venues: The UNI-Dome is a 16,000-seat domed stadium on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa with 78,000 square feet of foor space that is primarily used for football and indoor track and feld. The UNI Wellness and Recreational Center includes 10 basket- ball/volleyball courts and an eight-lane, 25-meter indoor pool. Young Arena is a 3,000-seat ice arena that also hosts youth wrestling. The Cedar Valley Youth Soccer Complex includes 11 full-sized competi- tion felds with additional on-site practice felds. The Cedar Valley Sportsplex fea- tures two full-sized basketball/volleyball courts and a nearly 30,000-square-foot feldhouse. Convention center: The Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center sits in down- town Waterloo and offers 20,000 square feet of open foor space. The venue has hosted several gymnastics, boxing and cross-ft events. Contact: Cedar Valley Sports Commission, Council Bluffs At the intersection of two interstates in southwest Iowa is Council Bluffs. With Lake Manawa State Park and the Missouri River, fshing and water ► Waterloo CVB John Deere Tractor & Engine Museum Waterloo is home to the John Deere Tractor and Engine Museum, the company's only history museum. The museum's exhibits share the compa- ny's 100-plus-year history of manufacturing the well- known tractors. n Council Bluffs CVB

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