North Dakota Tourism honors Rough Rider Center

Trailblazer Award for Tourism Innovation

April 28th, 2017

At not even a year old, Watford City's Rough Rider Center has raked in a major award. Honored at last week’s North Dakota Travel Industry Conference in Bismarck, the Rough Rider Center was bestowed with the Trailblazer Award for Tourism Innovation as part of Gov. Doug Burgum's travel and tourism awards. Doug Bolken, McKenzie County’s tourism director, nominated the facility, highlighting its spaces and abilities.

"The Rough Rider Center has quickly become an asset to the community's quality of life, featuring a fitness center, indoor waterpark, coffee shop, running track and event space for concerts and conventions," he wrote. "By attracting visitors from around the region for tournaments, conferences and entertainment, it helps bring visitors and revenue to the community while keeping the community’s hotels, restaurants and shops buzzing year-round."

The Rough Rider Center opened in September after construction broke ground in May 2015, a $92 million project.

Trailblazer Award for Tourism Innovation:
"Trailblazer" is just one way to describe the remarkable team of leaders that came together to create the Rough Rider Center located in Watford City, a world-class destination for western North Dakota.

The vision of community leaders became reality with the opening of the 76,000-square-foot multi-purpose facility in the fall of 2016. Rough Rider Center has quickly become an asset to the community’s quality of life, featuring a fitness center, indoor waterpark, coffee shop, running track and event space for concerts and conventions. It offers one of the best sports facilities in the region with a six-lane swimming pool, water park component, two Olympic-sized ice arenas, a fieldhouse that can accommodate 3 basketball courts, 3 volleyball courts, professional quality football and baseball complex, an indoor soccer field or a roller derby arena, and a gymnastics center with a rock climbing wall, plus a 2,500-seat arena.

The high school, connected to the facility, has use of the 550-seat Fine Arts Theater. By attracting visitors from around the region for tournaments, conferences and entertainment, it helps bring visitors and revenue to the community while keeping the community’s hotels, restaurants, and shops buzzing year-round.

Source: North Dakota Tourism

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