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| February 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Big Events in the Great Plains

The Grapple on the Gridiron wrestling event between the Iowa and Oklahoma State universities at Iowa City’s Kinnick Stadium set the NCAA wrestling attendance record. Photo courtesy of Brian Ray

The Grapple on the Gridiron wrestling event between the Iowa and Oklahoma State universities at Iowa City’s Kinnick Stadium set the NCAA wrestling attendance record. Photo courtesy of Brian Ray

By Rachel Carter

Destinations across the heartland never stop thinking of creative ways to produce memorable events in a variety of venues.

In the Great Plains, the big cities have small-town charm and the small towns have big-city amenities, but nowhere will you find “big-city attitudes.” Visitors are sometimes surprised by locals’ welcoming nature, known simply as “Midwestern nice.” Wrestling has a stronghold in several states, and BMX is an up-and-coming sport. Residents love their ice hockey, but they’re also diving into swimming. Although brand-new arenas, world-class stadiums and specialty sports complexes help attract events, it’s the people—from convention bureau staff members to club volunteers—who keep event organizers coming back to destinations in this hospitable region.

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