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Conventions and Lodging

Kearney is distinguished by its exceptional hospitality and prime convention/tourism accommodations. Many various businesses and organizations are attracted to the city’s superior convention facilities, as well as the added service from local business owners and citizens—together making Kearney an ideal choice for events of all kinds.

In addition, the Kearney Visitors Bureau is readily available for assistance in organizing specific information on meeting and lodging arrangements, along with the area’s array of entertainment and cultural attractions, shopping spots and dining establishments.

The Holiday Inn & Convention Center and the Younes Conference Center Kearney stand as central Nebraska’s largest and most up-to-date convention complex. The Holiday Inn offers more than 20,000 square feet of modern meeting space capable of accommodating up to 1,000 people with multiple seating arrangements and break out rooms. The Younes Conference Center, opened in fall of 2010, has an additional 37,000 square feet of function space for meetings, conferences, banquets, trade shows or receptions. This space is flexible, with as many as 21 break out rooms in varying sizes, or one large room capable of seating 1,200. Combined lodging facilities total more than 425 comfortable guest rooms and suites at four hotels—Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express and Wingate Inn—all located adjacent to one another and within walking distance to the convention center within the Holiday Inn or the Younes Conference Center. The Holiday Inn Kearney and the Younes Conference Center and sister hotels offer one of the state’s largest convention complexes.

The Ramada Inn and Conference Center, situated three blocks from Interstate 80, offers a great combination of more than 200 guest rooms and plenty of space for meetings and conventions. Space available at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center includes 10,000 square feet, with the capability of splitting off into 10 individual rooms, plus the 24,000-square-foot Tropical Fundome.

Best Western Plus Mid Nebraska Inn & Suites is located just south of Interstate 80 Exit 272. The newly renovated, smoke-free property offers a free deluxe hot breakfast, pool, hot tub, free high-speed Internet and the highest quality amenities. Smaller meeting spaces and a business center are available.

The Buffalo County Fairgrounds offers three superb facilities equipped with the flexibility to serve a range of conventions and events throughout the year. The Exposition Center, newly completed in 2010, features a 52,500-square-foot concrete floor area with bleachers that retract. This new arena can seat more than 5,500 people. Also in the Exposition Center, the East Arena has 28,600 square feet. This building contains concessions and meeting and office space to serve your event. Additional acres of outdoor exhibit space can accommodate up to 5,000 guests. The Ag Pavilion can hold up to 450 people in its indoor arena, with an additional 40,000 square feet available for exhibit space. The Exhibit Building can accommodate up to 2,500 in its 26,000 square feet of indoor space, and also provides ample outdoor exhibit space. Tradeshows, concerts, wedding receptions, rodeos, livestock shows and a number of additional events can all be found on the fairgrounds year-round.

While the Viaero Event Center is home to the Tri-City Storm, as well as a multitude of recreational options, it also offers more than 54,000 square feet of exhibit space—making it an ideal location for a variety of entertainment functions and meetings.

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