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AUG 2017

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August 2017 60 www.sportseventsmagazine.com I O W A t heart of downtown, the entire center includes 80,000 square feet of space. The facility has hosted sports such as wrestling and volleyball. Contact: GO Cedar Rapids, www.gocedarrapids.com Cedar Valley The Cedar Valley is situated in northeast Iowa and includes the cities of Waterloo and Cedar Falls. The area offers small- town charm with the opportunities of larger metro areas. Hotel rooms: 883 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent University of Northern Iowa facili- ties: The UNI-Dome offers 20,000 square feet of multipurpose space, has more than 16,000 permanent seats and features new artificial turf over the top of a 400-meter, eight-lane indoor track. McLeod Center is a 12,500-square-foot facility that houses one full-length volleyball and basketball court, and it can also host wrestling. Wellness Recreation Center is a 244,000-square-foot facility that includes 10 full-size basketball/ volleyball courts, a 25-meter pool and 200-meter track, as well as an outdoor facility with eight lighted tennis courts, two lighted rugby fields and two lighted soccer fields. Other major facilities: Birdsall Park has five lighted youth baseball/softball fields. Cedar Valley SportsPlex features 11 full- size fields and four practice fields. Contact: Cedar Valley Sports Commission, www.cedarvalleysports.org Council Bluffs The western Iowa city of Council Bluffs offers a lot to tournament organizers: ex- cellent indoor and outdoor facilities, ample hotel options and easy access. Council Bluffs just opened a new venue, Fieldhouse USA, a 100,000-square-foot hardwood court facility. Hotel rooms: 2,269 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Major facility: Council Bluffs Recre- ation Complex is an outdoor facility with four softball fields, four baseball diamonds and two youth/fast pitch fields, as well as 10 soccer fields, four football fields and additional full-size fields available upon re- quest. The new Iowa West Field House is a 100,000-square-foot indoor sports complex featuring eight high school basketball courts and 12 volleyball courts. Convention center: Mid-America Center offers more than 90,000 square feet of space with an arena, exhibition hall, con- vention center and pre-function areas. The flexible facility hosts wrestling, basketball, gymnastics, taekwondo, and cheer and dance. Contact: Council Bluffs CVB, www. travelcouncilbluffs.com Des Moines Des Moines offers athletes and fans a fun, affordable and accessible experience. Cen- trally located, the state capital is easy to get to and easy to get around. With first-class facilities, Des Moines has played host to a number of national events. Hotel rooms: 12,500 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Major facilities: The Iowa State Fair- grounds has more than a dozen buildings and facilities, which can seat from 300 to 10,400. Drake Stadium has an eight-lane track with Mondo Super X Performance surface. James W. Cownie Soccer Park & Baseball Complex features 12 lighted soccer fields and eight lighted baseball fields. Holiday Park has 11 baseball fields and seven softball fields. Prairie Ridge Sports Complex boasts 15 baseball fields, nine soccer fields, six softball fields and 16 tennis courts. Convention center: The Iowa Events Center covers 286,300 square feet of space and includes a 16,980-seat arena with eight basketball courts, one sheet of ice, 20 volleyball courts and eight wrestling mats. The Center includes Wells Fargo Arena, Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center and Hy-Vee Hall, and is connected to the new Hilton Des Moines Downtown Hotel. Contact: Des Moines Area Sports Com- mission, www.catchdesmoines.com Iowa City Iowa City is located in eastern Iowa and is home of the University of Iowa. Opening in Fall 2019 is the new Iowa River Landing Arena, a 6,000-seat multipurpose arena with a five-court field house and turf space for indoor baseball training. Coming soon: In September, the city will host the Cyclo-Cross World Cup at the County Fairgrounds for the second year. Hotel rooms: 2,500; six hotels will open up in the next few years, increasing the room count to around 4,000 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent University of Iowa facilities: Kinnick Stadium is a 70,000-seat football stadium with a synthetic-turf field. Carver-Hawkeye Arena is a 15,500-seat multipurpose venue that hosts basketball, wrestling, volleyball, gymnastics and more. The Campus Recre- ation & Wellness Center houses a natato- rium with an indoor track and volleyball/ basketball courts. Other major facility: Iowa City Kickers Soccer Park features 22 soccer fields and two softball fields. New venue: A 6,000-foot hockey arena with hotel is opening up in Fall 2019. The facility, breaking ground this fall, will have a field house, five volleyball/basketball courts and space for indoor baseball. Contact: Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB, www.thinkiowacity.com Sioux City Sioux City is situated in western Iowa and is one of the larger cities in the state. The city has a long, rich professional team history with the Sioux City Musketeers, Sioux City Bandits, Sioux City Explorers and Penn Corp Softball. Hotel rooms: 800 Hotel tax rate: 12 percent Major facility: Tyson Events Center is a flexible indoor multipurpose venue. Mercy Field at Lewis and Clark Park can accommodate 3,800 people. IBP Ice Center has one sheet of ice. HyVee Ball Park at Chautauqua Park has five softball fields. Riverside Soccer Complex offers 16 fields. Elwood Olsen Stadium includes a track and football/soccer field. The Mason Family Tennis Complex consists of six courts. Riv- erside Park features a Miracle Field. Contact: Visit Sioux City, www.visit siouxcity.org n

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