The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau will be hosting the Illinois Kids Wrestling Federation (IKWF) state tournament at the BMO Harris Bank Center this weekend from March 12-14, 2015.  Traffic and parking will be tricky in downtown Rockford this weekend. Here are the details.

This is the 13th consecutive year the IKWF tournament will take place in Rockford, making Rockford the longest-running host of this youth wrestling state competition. 

Over 1,000 top wrestlers in Illinois, boys and girls, ages 10-14 will compete for championship accolades in the tournament. This three day event draws nearly 1,500 athletes and coaches who are projected to spend an estimated $350,000 while visiting Rockford according to press release from The Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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RACVB staff, community partners and volunteers will circulate throughout downtown Rockford on Friday from 2:30 – 4 p.m. handing out information sheets, maps and coupons that will help visitors get around with ease.

All downtown businesses and commuters are advised that traffic will be heavy for a short time the morning of Friday, March 13 as visitors arrive for the tournament’s opening ceremonies.

Parking will also be impacted by the tournament. All city lots and on-street parking will operate according to the posted time restrictions and daily rates (parking fees may apply to some lots and decks). For visitors, suggested parking locations available throughout the three-day tournament include the Pioneer Deck across from the Coronado (on North Main Street), the Hinshaw & Culbertson lot (on the corner of North Wyman Street and West Jefferson Street) and the YMCA south lot on Y Blvd.

Welcome our friends and guests if you see them around town this weekend.