Heartland Events Center

THE HEARTLAND EVENTS CENTER, located at Fonner Park, is Central Nebraska’s venue for conventions, professional meetings and conferences, trade shows, concerts, large banquets, athletic events, and other entertainment and activities. This venue centrally located on the Fonner Park Campus opened its doors in the fall of 2006 and offers 180,000 sq. ft. of multipurpose, attractive, well-designed space.

The Eihusen Arena plays host to volleyball, basketball, and wrestling tournaments in addition to the Nebraska Cheer & Dance competition each year.  Other annual events include the Nebraska State Fair, Monster Trucks, Rodeo/Bull Riding, and the National 4-H Shooting Competition.

The Bosselman Conference Center, located within the Heartland Events Center, provides 8,000 sq. ft. of conference space. (See tab below for additional details)

The Events Center adjoins and lies adjacent to a number of other facilities and attractions on the Fonner Park Campus.  See the Adjoining Facilities tab for more information on other exhibition, livestock, and equine facilities that are an integral part of the Fonner Park Complex that offers an astounding array of facilities, amenities, and extras that simply cannot be matched for hundreds of miles around!

Eihusen Arena

The Event Center’s Eihusen Arena offers 30,000 sq. ft. of floor space and comfortably seats 6,000 (permanent seating) with an additional 1,500 optional seats on the arena floor.  The arena is surrounded by break-out/meeting rooms, team locker rooms, and dressing rooms.  The hi-def Daktronics scoreboard and digital video boards offer all the technical equipment necessary for sporting events and tournaments.  Twelve leased Suites overlook the Eihusen Arena  in addition to four concession stands.


Square Footage30,000 sq. ft. with lower seats retracted
•125' x 240' - seats in
17,000 square feet with lower seat deck out
•85' x 200' - seats out
Capacity•6,000 stadium seating
•1,500 concert seating on the floor
•1,500 banquet seating on the floor (Banquet seating is 72" round tables with 10 chairs each)
•140 exhibit booths - plus 140 in adjoining Fonner Park Concourse
Handicap AccessibleYes
Climate ControlledYes
Overhead Doors•3 exterior-7'9"x14' / 12'3"x14' / 9'x14'
•1 interior-18'1"x13'11"
Loading Dock•Ground level
•1 hydraulic lift
Sports Floors•Regulation professional grade Robbins cushioned
basketball floor with Spalding portable basketball hoops
•Volleyball Floor
•EZ Flex Sports Mats for Cheer and Dance competitions
Scoreboard•4-sided Daktronics Hi-Def video scoreboard
•4 Video/Media boards located in four corners of Arena
ProjectorsPortable available
PA SystemYes
AV Equipment3 wireless microphones
Locker Rooms4
Coaches' Locker Rooms2
Dressing Rooms (refs/entertainers)4
Meeting Rooms9
Suites12 (Leased)
•Suites 1-11/seating capacity of 24
•Suite 12/seating capacity of 43
Concession Stands4
Restrooms•5 sets - male/female
•3 - family restrooms
Ticket OfficeYes
Ticketing SystemTicketmaster
Gift Shop (doubles as a show office or merchandise room for concerts)30' x 19'2"
Stage24'x24'x2' maximum size
•4'x8' sections
Tables/Chairs•125 - 72" round tables
•25 - 8' white tables
•1,200 gray padded folding chairs
CateringIn-house/Chances "R"
Bar ServiceIn-house/Heartland Events Center
Parking•3,115 parking spaces - lighted & hard-surfaced
•50 acres of non-surfaced parking

NOTE: Inventory in the Heartland Events Center/Bosselman Conference Center is for exclusive use in this venue.  For more information, contact the Director of Sales & Marketing at 308.382.4515, extension 221.  Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central, Monday through Friday.

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Bosselman Conference Center

The BOSSELMAN CONFERENCE  CENTER, located within the Heartland Events Center, offers a professional setting for business and educational meetings, training, conferences, wedding receptions and large organizational banquets.  This space may be configured as one large room or up to five separate rooms to accommodate your needs. State-of-the-Art, audio and video equipment, coupled with our professional catering and bar services provide all the amenities necessary to host a successful event.


Square Footage8,000 sq. ft.
•Room 1 - 33.5' x 48,2'
•Room 2 - 31.11' x 46.11'
•Room 3 - 29.5' x 45.5'
•Room 4 - 31.10' x 46.11'
•Room 5 - 33.8' x 48.4'
One large room or configured up to five separate rooms
Capacity•Theatre Style - 100 per room
•Classroom Style - 70 per room (6'x18" tables with 4 chairs each)
•Banquet Style - 72 per room (60" round tables with 8 chairs each)
EntryExterior and Interior
•Separate entrance directly in to the Conference Center
•Interior entrance-hallway that connects to the Eihusen Arena
Handicap AccessibleYes
Climate ControlledYes
Projectors•Overhead in rooms 1,2,4,5
•One portable projector available for Room 3
Screens•Overhead in rooms 1,2,4,5
•One portable screen available for room 3
PA SystemYes - all rooms separate or configured together
AV Equipment•Five hand-held microphones
•Five lapel microphones
Restrooms•1 set - male/female
•1 - family restroom
(All shared with Arena)
Stage24'x24'x2' maximum size (4'x8' sections)
Dance Floor20' x 20' - Cherry with Gold Trim (4' x 4' pieces)
Tables/Chairs•60 - 60' round tables
•60 - 8' x 18' classroom tables
•500 padded banquet chairs
CateringIn-house / Chances "R"
Bar ServiceIn-house / Heartland Events Center
Parking•3,115 parking spaces-lighted & hard-surfaced
•50 acres of non-surfaced parking

NOTE:  Inventory in the Heartland Events Center / Bosselman Conference Center is for exclusive use in this venue.
For more information, contact the Director of Sales & Marketing at 308.382.4515 extension 221. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central, Monday through Friday.