From circuses, rodeos, sporting events, and much more, the Mid-America Center has hosted top names in show business as well as numerous community events with their spacious exhibition and convention spaces. Local shopping, restaurants, exciting casino gaming, a brewery, and 2,674 hotel rooms are all located within three miles making this one of Council Bluffs' top entertainment districts! Check out our list below of upcoming events at the Mid-America Center to check out.
The Mid-America Center entertainment district is home to several sports facilities that host events from national championships to world team tournaments and local club competitions. These amazing facilities have made Council Bluffs a top sports destination!
This multi-sports facility opened in early 2017 with more than 100,000-square-feet, sufficient for 12 regulation volleyball courts or eight high school size basketball courts. In addition to its courts, Iowa West Field house hosts futsal, wrestling, gymnastics, and martial arts among other sports for family, league, and tournament play.
Iowa West Pickleball is a new indoor six-court facility with reserved courts and open drop-in play sessions. Each session is $5 to reserve for Council Bluffs Area Pickleball club members or $7.50 for non-members. Courts can also be reserved for three hours ($20 for members and $30 for non-members). A schedule for each session is available via the Council Bluffs Area Pickleball Club. Located in the Iowa West Field House, Iowa West Pickleball has a separate, exterior entrance located east of the Field House’s main entrance near the Mid-America Center.
Operated by the Council Bluffs Soccer Club and named in honor of the lead donor for the project, the Iowa West Sports Plex is a 75,000 square foot indoor turf facility that hosts sports including soccer, baseball, and softball with the potential for flag football, rugby, across, ultimate frisbee, and more! Their concession stands, league play options, Walk Fit walking club, and sports performing training make this a lively and active place for local and visiting athletes.
Located just minutes away from the Mid-America Center entertainment district, the Council Bluffs Recreation Complex hosts numerous local league teams as well as regional and national tournaments. The facility is home to 10 regulation soccer fields, four football fields, seven softball fields, and three baseball fields.
Conveniently Located Local Dining Options
Looking for a bite to eat after the big game or event? There are great locally-owned, family-friendly restaurants just minutes away!
Big Kel's Pizza & Wings
Named after the owner's father, Big Kel's Pizza & Wings is a family-friendly restaurant featuring scratch-made pizza, chicken wings, sandwiches, and ice cream. As an added bonus, there's an awesome game room for the kids to play a variety of arcade games!
Full Fledged Brewing Company
The very first brewery in Council Bluffs, Full Fledged Brewing Co. is a community gathering place to enjoy a pint and meet up with some friends. They brew all of their beer on-site and have up to 18 different craft beers on tap.
The Porch serves up homestyle dishes, 10 beers on tap, and has an unlimited salad bar option. The restaurant's patio spaciously opens up to sand volleyball courts, perfect for spring and summertime evenings. Their menu consists of appetizers, the local's favorite gourmet mac and cheese, pizza, burgers, and soups, and salads. A kids menu is also available.
The Salty Dog Bar & Grill
The Salty Dog Bar & Grill is a locally owned restaurant that specializes in scratch-made comfort food. Their menu consists of their locally famous wings, appetizers, soups and salads, burgers, sandwiches and wraps, and dessert. A kids menu is available.
Tish's is a local restaurant, serving appetizers, soup and salads, ribeye, salmon, chicken, pork chops, sandwiches and burgers, wraps and flatbreads, dessert, and more. Their spacious patio makes this a wonderful place to take the family or a great place for a romantic diner.
Ameristar's riverboat casino consists of 38,500 square feet of gaming excitement! The Sportsbook is the place to be for real-time odds, points, and over/unders. The casino offers three dining options and four bars for your dining needs.
AMC Star Council Bluffs 17 & IMAX Movie Theatre
Located just steps away from the Mid-America Center, you can catch the newest movie in comfort! AMC Council Bluffs features the comfiest recliners seats, reserved seating, a bar, Dolby Cinema, and RealD 3D and IMAX viewing options.
Bass Pro Shops
Bass Pro Shops is one of the anchors to the area surrounding the Mid-America Center. Outdoor enthusiasts will find all sorts of items they want to take home here among the fishing, hunting, camping, and watersports merchandise. Even if you're not looking to purchase any outdoor gear, the shop's over-the-top outdoors decor, complete with woodland scenes and an aquarium, makes it a must-visit.
Get in on the action at table games, more than 1,600 slot machines, and with sports betting at The Book. The casino has three restaurants giving you a choice of buffet, casual, and upscale dining. The casino is open 24 hours daily.
Joe's Indoor Karting
Council Bluffs' first and only indoor karting facility, Joe's offers fast and furious kart racing with European indoor karts racing up to speeds of 45 mph. In addition to races, Joe's also offers classes and leagues. Racers must be 14 years old and up. Children between 8 and 13 may take a training course if they meet the safety criteria. Visit Joe's Indoor Karting's website for full details and information.
Council Bluffs is home to an impressive and outstanding collection of public art that has been created by artists that are known around the world and funded by the Iowa West Foundation through their Iowa West Public Art Initiative. While enjoying the entertainment in the Mid-America Center district, take a walk around and enjoy these UNbelievable pieces of art.