The Kiplinger Arena complex in McCook is having a big impact on the community. We traveled to McCook to find out why. The Kiplinger Arena complex in McCook is having a big impact on the community. We traveled to McCook to find out why.
The complex is made up of three buildings. The main building is the Kiplinger Arena which we are featuring in this story. Then there is the Alice Arena which is a full size arena but does not have as many accommodations for spectators, and finally there is the Trudy Arena which is a warm up area. The complex, and Kiplinger Arena itself was a dream of area rancher Tom Kiplinger. He funded the construction and established a foundation to provide for upkeep and maintenance on the facility. Unfortunately Tom passed away last year but he left a legacy that McCook and southwest Nebraska will benefit from for years to come.
Local rodeo enthusiast Garrett Nokes uses the Kiplinger Arena often, and considers it one of the nicest indoor riding arena for horse shows in the tri-state region. "There's nothing that I've seen financially impact the town of McCook more than the Kiplinger Arena," Nokes said. "When you look at how much money it brings in to town, when you have 80 guys coming in from all over the state of Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming, those guys stay the night, they buy diesel fuel, food, and their wives go shopping. It's amazing the economic impact, and we are lucky to have it," Nokes said.