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What Makes Janesville a Great Community for a Sports and Convention Center?

Updated: Jun 17, 2023

Janesville is in a great location from a sports tourism perspective as it is in the middle of multiple major metropolitan markets including Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison. Janesville and the surrounding markets drive enough demand to warrant a new development. Our community is an affordable, business-friendly Wisconsin small city.

Janesville is a friendly and caring community with a strong shared commitment toward welcoming new residents, volunteerism, and neighborhood activities.

The Woodman’s Indoor Sports and Conference Center will not only provide a high-quality experience for visitors, but also significantly add to the quality-of-life Janesville offers and assist with bringing new families to the community and recruiting new businesses and employers," says Janesville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Executive Director Christine Rebout.

It is a family-oriented city, too, and offers many outdoor activities. Within minutes are outstanding hiking, biking, rollerblading, cross-country skiing, water-skiing, disc golf, softball, soccer, golf, sledding, tennis, boating, and running opportunities.

• Janesville is known as "Wisconsin's Park Place.” Its 2,590-acre park system includes 64 improved parks, as well as boat launches, golf courses, and nature trails.

• Janesville features 30 miles of paved, off-road trails, including Janesville's segment of the Ice Age Trail, connecting many neighborhoods, parks and attractions. In the winter, the trails, parks and green belt system are available for cross country skiers.

•Janesville has an internationally themed, award-winning botanical garden, Rotary Botanical Gardens.

• The Rock Aqua Jays are the most successful water-ski show team in the world with 62 tournament victories. The team regularly hosts the National Waterski championships and World Water Ski Show tournament.

• Janesville is home to the Janesville Jets, an expansion team in the North American Hockey League, with games played at the Janesville Ice Arena. The 2014-2015 NAHL Organization of the Year has helped more than 100 players achieve their dream of advancing to NCAA hockey.

• The completion of Town Square, along the Rock River, provides a pedestrian bridge, a riverwalk, a Great Lawn gathering space, a festival street and the integration of local restaurants and bars.


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