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JUN 2018

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t June 2018 64 www.sportseventsmagazine.com Kearney Kearney is situated in the heart of the state. Venues such as Viaero Center and Patriot Park are just two of the top-notch facilities that the city has to offer. Hotel rooms: 1,800 Major facilities: University of Nebraska at Kearney offers venues for volleyball, basketball, track, football and baseball. Buffalo County Fairgrounds can host wrestling, volleyball and bas- ketball. Viaero Center is a multipurpose venue with one ice hockey rink and one volleyball/basketball court. Patriot Park offers four baseball fields and four softball fields. Contact: Kearney Visitors Bureau, www.visitkearney.org Lincoln Lincoln, Nebraska's state capital, is cen- trally located, which makes it an ideal site for sports fans. New, state-of-the-art facilities combine with a rejuvenated downtown entertainment district to pro- vide the backdrop for visiting fans. Hotel rooms: 5,257 Major facilities: John Breslow Ice Hockey Center houses an NHL-size rink. Lancaster Event Center has more than 400,000 square feet of multipur- pose space. Pinnacle Bank Arena is a 60,000-square-foot multipurpose space. Woods Tennis Center has six indoor courts and an additional 12 outdoor lighted courts. Contact: Lincoln CVB, www.lincoln.org See Ad On Page 68 Norfolk In northeast Nebraska, Norfolk is in the Elkhorn River Valley of Madison County. The city is about 112 miles northwest of Omaha. Hotels:13 properties Major facilities: Madison County Fairgrounds houses a rodeo arena. Northeast Community College offers a range of sporting facilities. Contact: Norfolk Area Sports Council, www.visitnorfolkne.com From Omaha to North Platte, Lincoln to Kearney, Nebraska is a state strong on sports. The Midwestern state has hosted the College World Series every year since 1950. In recent years, The Cornhusker State has welcomed events such as the U.S. Swim Trials, the NCAA Volleyball Final Four and the FEI World Cup. "Nebraska has a lot of great sports venues, and not only are the venues big enough and equipped with everything needed to host a large-scale event but the areas surrounding the venue are welcoming to tourists with lots of things to do," said Jenn Gjerde, marketing manager for the Nebraska Tourism Commission. n ◄ Hockey in Lincoln SPOTLIGHT ON: NEBRASKA NEBRASKA Buffalo Bill State Historical Park Buffalo Bill State Historical Park in North Platte includes 16 acres of property that contain Buffalo Bill Cody's home and his barns, and the properties are open for public touring. The house was his second mansion, built in 1886 at a cost of $3,900. The house has been restored and filled with period- appropriate décor, as well as Buffalo Bill memorabilia. The barn, which was once used to house his horses, now displays a collection of his antique carriages. n MUST SEE:

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