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George W. Neilson Convention Center

Located on the shore of Lake Bemidji in Bemidji, Minnesota, the George W. Neilson Convention Center that consists of a 10,000 SF ballroom that can be divided 3 ways, as well as two 2,000 SF meeting rooms that can be divided into 4 sections. Meeting planners also can use the 30,000 SF arena floor for consumer shows.

Adjacent to the convention center is the Sanford Center, home to Bemidji State University’s Division I Men’s and Women’s Hockey. The arena has a seating capacity of 5,837 and features 25 luxurious suites as well as a club area for seating that overlook the arena.

  • Rotary
  • Banquets
  • Valentines Day Dinner
  • Weddings
  • Corporate Meetings
  • Tradeshows
  • Receptions
  • Governor’s Deer Opener
  • Baladino
1111 Event Center Drive NE
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Jeff Kossow
(218) 441-4000

MARKET INFORMATION

MSA DEMOGRAPHICS
TOTAL POPULATION 44,442
MEDIAN AGE 33.2
20-24 YEARS 10.22%
25-34 YEARS 12.28%
35-44 YEARS 10.01%
45-54 YEARS 13.28%
55-64 YEARS 11.86%
TELEVISION & RADIO

TELEVISION

LOCAL BROADCAST:
PBS – KAWE
CBS – KCCW / WCCO
ABC – KSAX / KSTP
NBC – KARE / KVLY
FOX – KMSP
CW – WUCW

CABLE PROVIDERS:
PAUL BUNYAN BROADCASTING
MIDCONTINENT COMMUNICATIONS

RADIO

PAUL BUNYAN BROADCASTING:
KBHP – 101.1 FM – CONTINUOUS COUNTRY – TOP 40 COUNTRY (18+ DEMOGRAPHIC)
KBUN – 1450 AM – SPORTS RADIO – ALL SPORTS TALK RADIO (TWINS, VIKINGS)
KKZY – 95.5 FM – VARIETY RADIO – ADULT CONTEMPORARY / SOFT ROCK
KLLZ – 99.1 FM – CLASSIC ROCK – 35+ DEMOGRAPHIC, ONLY ROCK STATION IN TOWN
WQXJ – 104.5 FM – TRUE OLDIES CHANNEL – OLDIES MUSIC & TWINS BROADCASTS

RP BROADCASTING:
WBJI – 98.3 FM – REAL COUNTRY – OLD & NEW COUNTRY
KKBJ – 103.7 FM – MIX 103.7 – TOP POP STATION, 90’S HITS THROUGH TODAY
KKBJ – 1360 AM – TALK RADIO WITH RUSH LIMBAUGH, GLENN BECK, SEAN HANNITY
WMIS – 92.1 FM – THE RIVER 92.1 – HEAVY ROCK / CURRENT ROCK

MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO:
KNOW – 91.1 FM – MPR NEWS
KCRB – 88.1 FM – MPR CLASSICAL

NORTHERN COUNTRY:
KAXE – 90.1 FM – ALTERATIVE, WORLD, NEWS, JAZZ, LIGHT ROCK

PINE TO PRAIRIE BROADCASTING:
KKCQ – 91.9 FM – YOUR QFM – CHRISTIAN CONTEMPORARY

MARKETING RESOURCES
                  • Sanford Center Outdoor Marquee – Need JPEG for still slide in 192 Wide x 160 High pixels
                  • Sanford Center Website – includes Marquee Slider image & Event Slider image 900 Wide x 300 pixels High
                  • Internal Billboard: 35” wide x 49” high
                  • Main Scoreboard: place adds duringall hockey games and other events when scoreboard is in-use 900 wide x 600 sound
                  • Internal TV Network: used during events when concourse is in-use 1065 wide x 506 long
                  • UPS for trade in tickets for: Posters (100 to be distributed by Big North / 50 for Coke), flyers x 3.5”W x 5”H banner measuring: 8’ x 3’ for display at Chamber of Commerce
                  • Arrow Printing for trade in tickets for: Posters, Flyers, Banners
                  • Text Club: Presale Announcement / on-Sale / Week of event
                  • Public Service Announcements to media databass: Over 221 media and local contacts in the area once as we announce the event.
                  • Partner with Luekens Village Foods North & South (Posters, flyers, inside marquee & outside marquee)
                  • Partner with all local business for grassroots marketing and sponsorships based on event
EMPLOYERS, COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

MAJOR EMPLOYERS

Major Employers
Sanford Health – 1,484
Bemidji Public Schools – 830
Bemidji State University – 600
Betrami County – 295
Anderson Fabrics – 270

BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY

Total number of students: 6,349
Work directly with ‘CAB’ Campus Activities Board to promote concerts
Banner/Poster on campus
Campus Radio Station
Campus Newspaper
Email blasts to all students
TICKETED EVENTS CAPACITY
TOTAL SEATING 5,837
HOCKEY CAPACITY 4,837
FULL HOUSE CONCERT 4,793
1/2 HOUSE CONCERT 3,054
CONFERENCE CENTER SQ. FT
BALLROOM 10,000
MEETING ROOMS 4,000
ARENA FLOOR 30,000
CONCOURSE 14,000
TICKETING SYSTEM TICKETMASTER
TAX RATE 7.875%
TICKET BUYER DATABASE 200,000+
CITY DISTANCE
FARGO, ND 100 MILES
GRAND FORKS, ND 106 MILES
DULUTH, MN 150 MILES
MINNEAPOLIS, MN 188 MILES
BROOKINGS, SD 319 MILES
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