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Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs

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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.
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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  • The Center was great. The lighting was very good and there was plenty of room in the big room where we played.  more »
  • Went to the center for a bridge tournament. Although I had nothing to do with providing this venue, the accommodations and people working there were fantastic  more »
  • Not the greatest setup. Followed signs to visitor entrance to find it was the vendor entrance. Then walked around the building to the real entrance. Once inside traffic flow was not any better. Tried to get a beer, but found you could not cut across. I could see the beers, but had to walk all the way around to get to them. Biggest disappointment, I was looking to upgrade my 5th wheel. I couldn't find a floor plan with 2 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms and a washer/dryer like I already have.
  • Huge huge huge complex. My business here is dance. What a wonderful venue for dance competitions. My granddaughter dances with Cretes Edge troupe and has performed here several years in a row.

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