Think Iowa City
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When planning your next sporting event, Think Iowa City. The curious communities of Iowa City are easily accessible and no matter where you plan your event, you’re just minutes from various athletic facilities, entertainment, hotels and more.
From wrestling to cycling, the Iowa City area has experience hosting world class events:
2016 Olympic Trials: Thousands of wrestling fans decked out in red, white and blue filled University of Iowa’s Carver Hawkeye Arena April 9-10 for the 2016 US Olympic Wrestling Team Trials. Around 50,000 fans in total showed up throughout the weekend’s four sessions to see the best American wrestlers in Men’s and Women’s Freestyle and Men’s Greco-Roman battle for a chance to make it to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Carver Hawkeye Arena has a great history of hosting spectacular wrestling events including the 2012 US Olympic Wrestling Trials and plans to host the United World Wrestling World Cup in April of 2018.
2016 & 2017 Cyclocross World Cup: The Iowa City area was the second ever American city to host a UCI Cyclocross World Cup circuit race in September of 2016. Hosted at the Johnson County Fairgrounds, an estimated 10,000 spectators were on scene during the World Cup races and 16,000 total for the Jingle Cross weekend events. Racers and fans came from countries all across the world which created an estimated economic impact of $1.2 million. Iowa City will host again in 2017.
Grapple on the Gridiron: Historic Kinnick Stadium is no longer only recognized as the longtime home of Iowa Hawkeye football. On November 14, 2015, Grapple on the Gridiron caught the attention of sports fans throughout the nation as Iowa hosted Oklahoma State in the first college wrestling dual in a football stadium. A record 42,287 fans saw the Hawkeyes defeat the Cowboys on an unusually balmy November day in Iowa City.
2015 Men’s NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships: The 150,000 sq. ft. Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (CRWC) on the campus of University of Iowa has hosted a number of large events since its opening in the fall of 2010. The natatorium, maybe CRWC’s most notable feature, hosted the 2015 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in March of 2015. This was the first time since 1927 that UI hosted this event. Thousands of fans saw the best swimmers in the entire men’s NCAA field. The CRWC has showcased its great facility since its inception with B1G Conference Championships, Speedo Sectionals, and hundreds of youth events.