Mid-America Center

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Mid-America Center
Mid-America Center
Former namesMid-America Recreation and Convention Complex (planning/construction)
Location1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
Owner City of Council Bluffs
Operator Caesars Entertainment
Capacity Concerts: 9,000
Hockey: 6,793
Basketball: 7,000
Broke ground2000
OpenedOctober 18, 2002;18 years ago (October 18, 2002)
Construction cost$75 million [1]
($108 million in 2020 dollars [2] )
Architect HNTB
Services engineerDF&H Services, PLLC. [3]
General contractor J.E. Dunn Construction Group [1]
Omaha/River City Lancers (USHL) (2002–2009)
Iowa Blackhawks/Council Bluffs Express (APFL) (2004–2012)
Omaha Rollergirls (WFTDA) (2011–2012)

The Mid-America Center is an arena and convention center located in Council Bluffs, Iowa, just five minutes from downtown Omaha, Nebraska. The arena's maximum capacity is about 9,000 for concerts and 6,700 for ice hockey and arena football. The arena continues to provide free parking. Caesars Entertainment began managing the Cernter in 2012, taking over from SMG. [4]


It was the home of the Iowa Blackhawks of the APFL. From 2002–2009, it hosted the Omaha Lancers of the USHL. From February 19, 2011, to February 2013, it hosted roller derby bouts for the Omaha Rollergirls of the WFTDA.

From rock shows to family shows to USHL hockey to community events, the arena has hosted many top names in the music industry. The convention center has hosted the Omaha Press Club Show, Peel's Salon Shows, OWH Bridal Ideas Shows, River City Hunting & Fishing Expo and Nebraska State Bridge Tournament, which hosts Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.


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