Sioux City, Iowa’s fourth-largest city, has a population of only 83,000; however, it has an influence across its tri-state area (known as Siouxland) of more than 140,000. Sioux City lies in the west of Iowa, on the state borders with Nebraska and South Dakota along the Missouri and Big Sioux rivers, respectively. Meeting venues in Sioux City benefit convention and tourism infrastructure. This is prime Lewis & Clark country, as groups will discover: Dominating its skyline is the Sergeant Floyd Memorial, an obelisk that commemorates the only member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition (which stopped here in 1804) to die.
Sioux Gateway Airport (SUX), also known as Colonel Bud Day Field (named after a war hero and POW who was born in the city), is 10 miles south of Sioux City and is served by only Delta Connection, which flies to Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport. A larger airport with far more reach is Eppley Airfield in Omaha, 95 miles to the south.
Sioux City convention venues include the Sioux City Convention Center, which is large for the size of the city and has 10 meeting rooms and 50,000 square feet of exhibit space, as well as banquet space for 2,400 persons. The Tyson Events Center contains the 10,000-seat Gateway Arena and is the largest function space in the city, with private suites and the ability to section off parts of the arena.
Meeting venues in Sioux City include the 161-room Stoney Creek Inn-Sioux City, which contains the 6,500-square-foot Rivers' Bend Conference Center; the 153-room Rodeway Inn & Conference Center, which has four meeting rooms (three of them named for Lewis, Clark and Floyd) and a 4,136-square-foot ballroom for up to 460 persons; the 123-room Hilton Garden Inn Sioux City Riverfront, which has 5,400 square feet of meeting space, and the 114-room Holiday Inn Sioux City, with 1,728 square feet of meeting space for up to 150 persons. The 57-room Holiday Inn Express Sioux City-Lakeport Street has a little meeting space, too.
Other special event choices include the Orpheum Theatre, an ornate space built in 1927 and boasting on-stage space for dinners and group options for shows; Sioux City Art Center, which is free and has operated continuously since 1938, with groups able to use several classrooms, the 131-seat Frederick & Alice Stark Lecture Hall, the Gardner Conference Room for 48 persons, and the T.S. Martin Atrium for up to 500 persons; and Grandview Park, which also dates to the late 1930s and has a band shell, seating and a rose garden with more than 300 varieties. Another hotel, just across the Missouri River in South Sioux City, Nebraska, is the Marina Inn Hotel & Conference Center, with 181 rooms and 45,000 square feet of meeting space for up to 2,000 persons.
Good group restaurant choices include Bev's on the River, which is on the river and has an eclectic American menu and banquet space for up to 400 persons; barbecue restaurant House of Q, with a party room; no-thrills Mac Behr's, for American comfort food, with a function room seating 100 persons; Italian-fare Minerva’s, part of a chain albeit the first in that chain, with banquet space for 60 persons, and Eldon's, a sleek steakhouse that also has private space for 60 persons.
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