The new TBK Bank Sports Complex will be one of the largest indoor/outdoor entertainment sports complexes in the Midwest. It is scheduled to open in May 2018 in Bettendorf, Iowa. The 76-acre facility will house an indoor turf field, 8 indoor regulation basketball courts, 4 indoor sand volleyball courts, fitness center, tiki bar, 2 outdoor turf soccer fields, 2 outdoor grass soccer fields, 6 turf baseball/softball fields, and 5 outdoor sand volleyball courts. Adjacent to the TBK Bank Sports Complex will be High 5 Lanes & Games with 32 luxury style bowling lanes, 2-story laser tag, over 65 arcade games, and full sports bar & restaurant.
Arena football returns to the Quad Cities in 2018 as the Quad City Steamwheelers take the field at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline starting in February, and the season continues through June. The Quad City Steamwheelers compete in the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) League with 13 other teams.
Check out these exciting exhibits at area museums! The Putnam Museum & Science Center hosts the Gridiron Glory exhibit from the Pro Football Hall of Fame from February to June 2018 featuring hundreds of artifacts and interactive, multimedia experiences. The Putnam also has a new augmented reality experience. The Family Museum opens the Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit in Summer 2018. It's a play-and-learn exhibit featuring activities inspired by five of Eric Carle's classic books. The Figge Art Museum also jumps into books this summer. Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is one of the most beloved children's books of all time. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition (May 12-August 12) includes original drawings for the book, works related to Sendak's other books, and other unique creations. A world-class exhibit opens in October 2018 at the Figge with 65 priceless works. French Moderns: From Monet to Matisse shows the evolution of French art from classicists to post-Impressionism.
Niabi Zoo has a new Oceans exhibit that features 40-50 aquatic species from across the world, including a Giant Pacific octopus, moray eel, and jellyfish! At the new exhibit, learn how you're connected to the ocean and what you can do to save it. In addition, Niabi has welcomed a pair of Bactrian Camels, Aldabra Tortoises, a "nighttime" bat exhibit, various new domestic animals, and a new parakeet feeding experience.
13010 Niabi Zoo Road, Coal Valley, Illinois
Located along the Mississippi River, USA Today and 10Best.com have called Modern Woodmen Park "the best minor league ballpark in America." In addition to the high-quality baseball from the 2017 Midwest League Champion Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston Astros affiliate), there are a myriad of fun rides and entertainment. There are beer specials most nights, fireworks every Friday, and giveaways every Saturday. Check out the fabulous view from the 105' tall Ferris wheel - the only one in Minor League Baseball - or see everything upside down from the new Wind Up. Enjoy Iowa's only double-decker merry-go-round. Ride the new Genesis Spinning Coaster or exciting Double Play. There is more fun in the spinning bumper cars or the 30' tall Drop-N-Twist. Profits from most rides go entirely to Quad Cities-based charities. Best of all, the views from the ballpark are the best in baseball!
209 S. Gaines Street, Davenport, Iowa
The Colonel Davenport House has brand-new exhibits when the historic house opens for the 2018 season in May. This multi-year project includes a new board game, touchscreen about Arsenal Island's history, video about Colonel Davenport, and other displays. The Colonel Davenport House was built in 1833 on Arsenal Island, and was considered a mansion in its time. The house is open for guided tours from May to October.
Davenport Avenue, Rock Island, Illinois
John Deere entered the farm tractor business in 1918 through the acquisition of the Waterloo Gasoline Engine Company. In this 100th anniversary year, the Deere & Co. World Headquarters is displaying 100 years of tractors including the Waterloo Boy, Lanz 300, 4010, 4440, 6R and 8Rf. At the John Deere Pavilion, an All-Wheel-Drive tractor and exhibit will be installed in March.
1400 River Drive, Moline, Illinois
Illiniwek Forest Preserve in Hampton, Illinois, features five miles of new trails systems. The single-track, off-road trails is the longest sustained climbs and descents in the Quad Cities area and is perfect for running, hiking, or mountain biking. Dorrance Forest Preserve in Port Byron, Illinois, now offers over 4 miles of trails for various levels of recreation. The trails, broken into three parts, offer a 1.6-mile loop for beginners, 1.5-mile loop for intermediate level recreation, and 1-mile of trail for advanced athletes. The single-track, stack-loop system is perfect for mountain biking, hiking, or running.
The new dual-branded hotel project includes a 134-room Hyatt Place and a 99-room Hyatt House under one roof. The hotel is the anchor project for The Bend on the Mighty Mississippi, a mixed-use development in East Moline, Illinois. The $40 million hotel is part of an $80 million redevelopment project. The nine-story East Moline hotel will include a Hyatt Place for nightly stays and extended stays in the Hyatt House. It is expected to open Summer 2018.
The Element by Starwood is part of the new rail station construction in Moline. This is the first Element hotel in Illinois. The building being refurbished was built in 1917 as a Sears & Roebuck warehouse. The 90-room hotel is expected to open February 2018.