SportsEvents Magazine

DEC 2015

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CVBs & Sports Commissions Sponsored Content December 2015 78 et the beauty and scenery of America capture your eye and be the backdrop to your sporting event. One of the most iconic travel destinations in the United States, Rapid City is home to one of our most treasured monuments—Mount Rushmore. As one of South Dakota's largest cit- ies, Rapid City is home to Minor League professional teams and dozens of youth and amateur teams. With state and na- tional parks providing a scenic setting for outdoor activities and new state-of-the- art indoor sports facilities, Rapid City is quickly gaining a reputation as a top tour- nament destination. Don't just take our word for it. Ask for- mer clients like Primal Quest, the NAIA, USA Softball Road to Beijing, USTA Tumbling and ASA Softball, just to name a few. They will tell you an event held in Rapid City becomes more than just a sports competition. Let us help you plan an event worthy of inspiration. Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Basketball, Volleyball, Gymnastics, Hockey, Wrestling Built in 1977, the 250,000-square-foot Rushmore Plaza Civic Center is the largest event center in South Dakota and no stranger to tournaments and big games. The Rapid City Rush of the Minor League East Coast Hockey League calls the Civic Center home, as did the Rapid City Thrillers basketball organization. Renovated in 2008 to double its capac- ity, the center can seat 5,000 for hockey and 6,000 for basketball and other floor sports. The center is located in the heart of the city near major highways. Stadi- um-styled parking is available around the center and team locker rooms are available. Central States Fairgrounds Indoor sports, Livestock shows, Motocross Located in the center of town just off State Hwy. 79, the Central States Fairgrounds is nestled on a 45-acre prop- erty with campgrounds, restrooms and food service on site. The grounds have hosted livestock shows, other fair activi- ties, and can host groups from the dozens to the thousands. The 118,000-square- foot event center hosts indoor sports and has seating for more than 5,000. Motocross sports have found a home at the fairgrounds as well, with grandstand seating for 6,000. Parking is located south of the campgrounds. Sioux Park Sports Complex Football, Soccer, Track and Field, Tennis, Baseball, Swimming On the west side of Rapid City is the versatile Sioux Park Sports Complex, which offers facilities for many sports. A 1,500-seat soccer and football field is surrounded by an eight-lane, quarter-mile track with amenities for field events. Twelve tennis courts are right next to the field, equipped with lighting for night- time play. Four racquetball courts are on the tennis portion of the campus. There are three baseball fields of different sizes for various ages and abilities. Indoors holds a tournament-ready basketball court and a competition swimming pool. Parkview Sports Complex Softball, Tennis, Swimming The Parkview Sports Complex on the south end of town is just five years old, offering six fast-pitch softball fields and 12 post-tensioned concrete tennis courts. Portable bleachers provide ample spec- tator seating. The complex is no stranger to tournaments, hosting numerous ASA and local events like the annual Scheels Mount Rushmore Classic Softball Tour- nament. The tennis courts have hosted events including the South Dakota State Tennis Tournament. Plans to expand the park include a playground, additional re- strooms, and parking. North of the fields is an outdoor competitive swimming pool and the municipal pool. Dakota Fields Soccer Complex Soccer, Lacrosse, Football Opening spring 2016, the Dakota Fields Soccer Complex is set to feature 21 reg- ulation fields, 12 of which will be lighted for play after dark. The complex has space for vendors and will feature park- ing for 600, full concession and restrooms. The $12 million facility is located just a mile north of Interstate 90. Star Of The West Complex Softball, Soccer The 58-acre Star of the West Complex was built in 1991 and boasts eight adult softball fields with full concession, bleacher seat- ing and restrooms. Soccer fields surround the softball fields with different sizes for ages and abilities. The outfields of the ball fields can be also striped for soccer. Ample parking surrounds the main complex of five fields, which are assembled into the shape of a star. Nestled on the banks of Rapid Creek, the complex is located near lodging and other amenities. n L Travis Eastman Director of Sports & Events (605) 718-8491 or (800) 487-3223 Rapid City CVB Epic Takes On A Whole New Meaning In Rapid City, South Dakota

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