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SBJ/November 25 - December 1, 2002/Special Report
Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Published November 25, 2002
If any multipurpose sports facility outside Las Vegas truly can be said to have been built on the back of the gaming industry, the new Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa, certainly would qualify.
The MAC, as Iowans already are calling it, is part of a convention center/hotel complex designed to lure visitors to the Council Bluffs area — and into the casinos doing business there.
Gaming industry helped build the MAC.
The 6,700-seat venue was designed by HNTB with Kansas City-based J.E. Dunn as construction manager. The Lancers have a 10-year lease to play in the facility.
City: Council Bluffs, Iowa
Tenant: USHL River City Lancers
Owner/operator: City of Council Bluffs/SMG
Construction manager: J.E. Dunn Construction
No. of seats: 6,700
No. of suites/club seats: 12/100 (plus two club party rooms)
Projected cost: $75 million
Funding: Vision Iowa, $24 million grant and $7 million interest-free loan; Iowa West Foundation, $24.5 million; Harrah's Casino, $7.5 million; Southwest Iowa Foundation, land worth $4.5 million; city of Council Bluffs, $7.5 million in infrastructure improvements
Scoreboard manufacturers: Everbrite Inc., All American Scoreboards
Videoboard provider: Viacom
Playing surface provider: Commercial Refrigeration (Maple Leaf Gold, for dasherboards and glass)
Seat provider: Irwin Seating
First game: Oct. 18 vs. Lincoln Stars
Click here for a list of Mid-America Center subcontractors.