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August 2015 56 www.sportseventsmagazine.com sports are popular in this area. Hotel rooms: 2,500+ Major venues: Mid-America Center Arena is a multi-purpose venue hosting wrestling, basketball, weightlifting, hockey and roller derby. Park and Recreational Sports Complex has four softball felds, four baseball felds, two fast pitch felds, 10 soccer felds and four football felds. Contact: Council Bluffs CVB, www.councilbluffsiowa.com. Des Moines Situated in the heart of Iowa is Des Moines. The state capital frequently hosts events of all sizes, including AAU Junior Olympic Games, NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, and USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Hotel rooms: 10,000+ Major venues: Drake University accommodates basketball, volleyball, track and feld, tennis, softball and more. Iowa State Fairgrounds houses the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center, which offers 110,000 square feet of space for arena football, wrestling, volleyball, rodeo and other indoor sports. James W. Cownie Soccer Park features 12 outdoor soccer felds, four of which are lighted, and seating for 2,000. Prairie Ridge Sports Complex consists of 15 baseball felds, nine soccer felds, six softball felds and fve football felds. Contact: Des Moines CVB, www.catchdesmoines.com. Dubuque Dubuque is situated on the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa. Nestled between limestone bluffs and the Mississippi River, Dubuque's natural landscape offers oppor- tunities for visitors to hike, bike or paddle the many trails. The winter months offer options for sledding, skiing, snowboarding, snow-shoeing, cross-country skiing and rinks for ice skating. Hotel rooms: 1,900+ Major venues: Dubuque Soccer Complex consists of eight full-length soccer felds. Dubuque Sports Complex houses fve youth baseball diamonds, three of which are lighted. Meadows Golf Course has one 18-hole course. Mystique Community Ice Center is a 66,000-square- foot facility that seats 3,500. Convention centers: Five Flags Center offers 24,512 square feet of space. Grand River Center consists of 86,000 square feet of space. Contact: Dubuque CVB, www.traveldubuque.com. Iowa City/Coralville Events like the USA Olympic Wrestling Trials and NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Championships have been held in Iowa City and the adjacent town of Coralville in eastern Iowa. Hotel rooms: 2,300 Major venues: Kinnick Stadium is a 70,000-seat football facility. Carver Hawkeye Arena is a 15,000-seat multi-purpose arena. Campus Recreation & Wellness Center houses a 50-meter competition pool. Hawkeye Tennis & Recreational Complex has eight indoor courts and 12 outdoor courts. Coralville Youth Sports Park features 17 outdoor soccer felds. Contact: Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB, www.iowacitycoralville.org. Sioux City In western Iowa is Sioux City, a city offering venues like the Dible Soccer Complex, IBP Ice Arena and Riverview Complex. Hotel rooms: 2500+ Major venues: Tyson Events Center is a 10,000-seat, multi-purpose arena. Morningside College is a one-feld softball complex. The city also offers several other felds for baseball, soccer and softball. Convention center: Located in downtown Sioux City, the Sioux City Convention Center offers 50,000 square feet of exhibit space. A skywalk provides access to 200 hotel rooms and downtown parking. Contact: Visit Sioux City, www.siouxcitytourism.com. n I O W A t Not Just A Dream, It's Real! This farm turned set of the famed 1989 baseball movie "Field of Dreams" features group tours and a gift shop and is located 30 min- utes west of Dubuque. n www.fodmoviesite.com Basketball in Sioux City

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