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Indiana: The ball is rolling in Muncie

Courtesy Visit Muncie

Big-city amenities abound in Muncie, a town of 115,000. Take, for instance, the citywide transportation system, the airport shuttles, the golf and recreation complexes, the active arts scene and the historical district, said Rita Stewart, director of conferences and special events for Ball State University.

There is also BSU itself, which one group leader called “the Cadillac of campuses,” Stewart said. “Meeting facilities are quite beautiful and very elegant.” And they are plentiful. Campus facilities that are available all year include 200 multimedia classrooms, meeting rooms, auditoriums, and indoor and outdoor athletic complexes.

Like most college campuses, Ball State’s is ever-changing. Its L.A. Pittenger Student Center, which has a 24-room hotel on the third floor, was renovated last year.

Among the meeting facilities in the center are a second-floor ballroom for up to 224 dinner guests; Cardinal Hall, with space for 304 diners and the option to be divided into three sections; and four smaller rooms for 15 to 120.

Two new buildings were added in 2010. A 200,000-square-foot student recreation and wellness center has a three-level fitness room, a suspended track, an indoor turf field, a five-court gym and the Outdoor Pursuits Center, with a 34-foot climbing wall. Groups use the facility for team building as well as recreation.

Kinghorn Hall is a new residence hall with space for meetings, a computer lab, a fitness room and semiprivate rooms.

Off campus, groups gravitate to the city’s 47,000-square-foot Horizon Convention Center and the state’s second-largest children’s museum.

Muncie generally attracts the religious market, academic conferences and sports-related events that involve daily coaching and skills building.

No matter the focus, groups tend to feel welcome. “Muncie is known as America’s hometown,” Stewart said.