Mid-America Center

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]

Mid-America Center
Former namesMid-America Recreation and Convention Complex (planning/construction)
Location1 Arena Way, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51501
OwnerCity of Council Bluffs
OperatorCaesars Entertainment
CapacityConcerts: 9,000
Hockey: 6,793
Basketball: 7,000
Broke ground2000
OpenedOctober 18, 2002; 19 years ago (October 18, 2002)
Construction cost$75 million[1]
($108 million in 2020 dollars[2])
Services engineerDF&H Services, PLLC.[3]
General contractorJ.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)

It was the home of the Iowa Blackhawks of the APFL. From 2002 to 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.


  • Arena: 30,000 square feet (pillar free), 12 Luxury Suites, 2 Party Rooms.
  • Convention Center: 24,500 square feet (2,280 m2) Exhibition Hall, 120-150 Exhibit Trade Show Booths, 23,000+ square feet of Ballroom/Meeting Space, 90-112 Exhibit Trade Show Booths in Ballroom, 8 Meeting Rooms, 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) in Pre-Function Area.
  • Free Parking: 2,600 open surfaced spaces surrounding the complex


  1. ^ a b http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Journal/Issues/2002/11/20021125/Special-Report/Mid-America-Center-Council-Bluffs-Iowa.aspx
  2. ^ 1634–1699: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How Much Is That in Real Money? A Historical Price Index for Use as a Deflator of Money Values in the Economy ofthe United States: Addenda et Corrigenda (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1700–1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How much is that in real money?: a historical price index for use as a deflator of money values in the economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ DFH Services - DF&H Services, PLLC - Featured Projects Archived 2013-09-03 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Caesars to manage Bluffs arena

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Coordinates: 41°14′15″N 95°53′23″W / 41.23750°N 95.88972°W / 41.23750; -95.88972