The action heats up at Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN during February and March, when hundreds of high school athletes compete in their wrestling and basketball section tournaments in the facility’s arena and auditorium.

Mayo Civic Center has hosted these tournaments for more than 60 years, says Donna Drews, the center’s executive director. “There’s a lot of excitement and energy in the air during these events,” Drews says. “It’s a longstanding tradition we’re proud to be a part of.” 

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 Score big with the center’s exceptional venues

Mayo Civic Center serves as a neutral site—and provides excellent venues--for the Minnesota State High School League’s Section 1 individual and team wrestling tournaments and the girls’ and boys’ basketball tournaments. A total of around 38,000 spectators attend these tournaments, generating $1.7 in economic impact for the city of Rochester.

Many athletes and spectators consider it a special experience to compete at the center, says Matt Esau, executive director of Rochester Sports (formerly named the Rochester Amateur Sports Commission). 

“Young athletes who are used to playing in high school gyms enjoy the big-time feel of the Mayo Civic Center. It’s a larger facility that provides one of the best atmospheres in the state,” Esau says.  The ambiance is popular with spectators, too, Esau says. “For basketball games in the Mayo Civic Center’s auditorium, fans can sit in the balcony almost on top of the court. It’s great viewing and it gets really loud in there!”

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Catch the action in an unbeatable location

Mayo Civic Center’s location in downtown Rochester, MN is accessible and convenient for athletes and fans.

“Most of these games and matches occur on weeknights and weekends, when it is easy to park downtown,” Esau says. “Plus, families and fans love to grab a bite to eat before the events at the great restaurants that are walking distance of the center.”

Mayo Civic Center is connected via climate-controlled skyway and underground walkways to those restaurants, as well as parking, hotels, and shops -- a great perk on cold, snowy February and March days.

The most important reason the sports tournaments are successful year after year, however, is the Mayo Civic Center team members who work tirelessly to provide an exceptional experience for athletes and attendees, Esau says. From the Box Office staff selling tickets to the maintenance workers keeping the venues clean, Mayo Civic Center’s employees are also “all star performers” during these events.

View the Mayo Civic Center Events Calendar to find dates and times of the upcoming sports tournaments.

Mayo Civic Center also hosts MSHSL Section 1 volleyball tournaments in the fall. In addition, Mayo Civic Center is hosting an increasing number of large dance competitions. Learn more.