IDAHO FALLS, Idaho— As construction wraps up on the new arena and convention center in Idaho Falls, Idaho, local officials have set a date for its grand opening. The Mountain America Center will hold its official grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 28 after nearly a year and a half of construction – and more than a decade in the making.
“This community has been waiting for a facility like this for 12 years,” general manager Erik Hudson said during a September 26 news conference.
The 48,000-square-foot venue includes Hero Arena with seating for up to 5,500 people and the Blue Cross of Idaho Conference Center with flexible configurations. The event center will host conventions, conferences and concerts and will also be home to a new Idaho Falls junior hockey team – the Spud Kings – set to make its debut during the 2022-2023 season.
Located inside the Mountain America Center, the conference center was designed to host a variety of events and will be able to accommodate over 650 attendees in one room. The center has 11,000 square feet of meeting space total, including 3,000 square feet of pre-function space to accommodate conferences, banquets, meetings, trade shows and receptions. The conference center can be divided into five different configurations to fit events of all sizes. The full-service venue also offers catering services.
Officials announced five concession stands during the news conference, including Crafty Pete’s Pie Shack, Coyote County Barbecue, Eagle Rock Burgers and Brews, El Flamingo Tacos and ToPo Tato.
For more information about Mountain America Center, visit mountainamericacenter.com.