The Midwest is a lovely portion of the United States, with its relatively flat terrain and occasional rolling hills that stretch from Ohio to Kansas. When winter arrives, though, the brutal chill and howling winds that accompany the season force sports lovers indoors so they can get their athletic fix. Luckily for Midwestern residents, their region is filled with top-flight facilities, enabling athletes to escape the elements while honing their skills in their chosen sport. Here are 10 of the finest indoor complexes in the Midwest.
1. Cape SportsPlex (Cape Girardeau, Missouri)
Opened in May of 2017, this 121,000-square-foot complex has added to the already burgeoning sports scene in Cape Giradeau. The SportsPlex houses two indoor turf soccer fields that meet FIFA standards and are stretched across 32,000 square feet. The fields are also complete with a scoreboard and sound system. The SportsPlex contains 57,600 square feet of hardwood maple flooring for basketball and volleyball and also features court netting and ample seating for fans. This venue has the ability to host a variety of turf and court programs, including basketball, soccer, volleyball, flag football, martial arts and gymnastics.
2. Hobart Arena (Troy, Ohio)
Opened in 1950, this recently renovated stadium has a tremendous history, having hosted performances by Elvis Presley, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry and Liberace. Today, the 77,000-square-foot facility that seats 3,742 is still an integral part of Troy as it holds basketball and ice hockey games, figure skating competitions, trade shows and concerts. The arena has a sellout capacity of 4,500 when used for hockey and can seat up to 5,282 when used as a concert venue. The venue also contains a 2,400-square-foot multipurpose room that seats 220.
3. TaxSlayer Center (Moline, Illinois)
The dazzling TaxSlayer Center in downtown Moline stands out as the region’s prominent multi-purpose arena with a history of hosting big events ranging from sports to concerts. With a seating capacity of 11,000, the 31,000-square-foot arena features a regulation NBA/NCAA basketball-sized court; an 85-by-197-foot hockey rink that can also be used for figure skating; and the flexibility to welcome rodeos, arena football, monster trucks and more. The arena’s video scoreboards provide replay capabilities to add to the professional presentation of an event. The complex also has six on-site production offices, four locker rooms with showers and an additional 12,000 square feet of meeting and convention space.
4. JustAGame Fieldhouse (Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin)
This impressive 53,000-square-foot multi-use center opened in 2006 and specializes in basketball, volleyball, wrestling, gymnastics and trade shows. Located in downtown Wisconsin Dells, JustAGame Fieldhouse contains six full-length basketball courts and 10 full-length volleyball courts, enabling the venue to hold tournaments and clinics year-round. It also sports a 94-foot-long Court of Champions, which contains maplewood floors, seats more than 1,800 and converts into two basketball floors.
5. Lifezone 360 (West Dundee, Illinois)
Lifezone 360 is a 130,000-square-foot sports complex that features two large indoor soccer fields, two futsal courts, a fitness area and multi-sport practice fields. The venue provides climate-controlled rental spaces, a staff of sport-specific coaches in soccer, lacrosse and basketball, and an in-house sports medicine team. Lifezone 360 also offers the Parisi Speed School, a school that offers 1-on-1 and group training for entry level through elite athletes.
6. Recreation Center (ARC) at the University of Illinois (Champaign County, Illinois)
Opened in 2008 and costing $54 million, the ARC is made up of an impressive 340,000 square feet that spans four levels, and is one of the country’s largest on-campus recreation centers. The facility features four gyms which include 13 basketball and 17 volleyball courts, 12 racquetball courts, two 50-meter swimming pools, nine multi-use spaces and a 150-seat auditorium. Other ARC amenities include a 35-foot climbing wall, a 1/5-mile indoor track and hundreds of fitness machines and weights.
7. Salina Fieldhouse (Salina, Kansas)
Completed in the summer of 2017, this 65,000-square-foot facility features several multi-purpose surfaces, including hardwood, synthetic and turf. Three hardwood and three basketball courts can be cross-lined to accommodate eight volleyball courts, an indoor regulation soccer field or three smaller fields. The facility also contains drop-down batting cages and pitching tunnels. The fieldhouse hosts league play, tournaments, team practices, camps and clinics in multiple sports. The turf surface accommodates sports such as soccer, football, kickball, baseball, softball and field hockey, and the court surface hosts basketball, volleyball, futsal, dodgeball, cheer and dance.
8. SportONE Parkview Fieldhouse (Fort Wayne, Indiana)
This facility is a 57,000-square-foot, multi-use sports center designed for tournaments, events, competitions, leagues, camps and tournaments. The fieldhouse sports eight high school regulation basketball courts, 10 volleyball courts and the Parkview Ortho Express Clinic. In 2017, the fieldhouse underwent a 35,000-square-foot expansion that added space for additional basketball, volleyball and pickleball courts. Also included in the expansion is a new training facility for Athletes with Purpose, a member of Parkview Sports Medicine that offers performance training classes for adults.
9. Tony’s Pizza Events Center (Salina, Kansas)
Tony’s Pizza Events Center features a 30,000-square-foot, 6,500-seat arena that can accommodate basketball, volleyball, wrestling, rodeos, concerts, conventions and trade shows. Home to the Salina Liberty indoor football team, Salina Sirens roller derby team and the Salina Saints ABA basketball team, this venue completed a $13.1 million renovation in the summer of 2016. Additionally, the complex is home to Heritage Hall, which offers 20,000 square feet of column-free space that can be halved or quartered to one’s specifications. This space can accommodate 2,000 people with staging and seating or host a banquet for up to 750 people.
10. UW Health Sports Factory (Rockford, Illinois)
Rockford’s premier multi-use riverfront indoor sports venue opened in 2016 and has made a considerable impact on the area’s sports tourism market. This 108,000-square-foot indoor amateur sports complex houses flexible floor space for eight regulation size basketball courts, 16 volleyball courts and also offers two championship courts and 16 wrestling mats. The venue accommodates other sports such as dance and cheerleading, and includes 3,700 portable bleachers, five meeting rooms, a riverfront boardwalk, a full restaurant and concessions onsite.