Fonner Park retains final and exclusive authority to approve and to reject events proposed to be booked. Fonner Park also reserves the complete discretion to determine if events are appropriate and consistent with the County’s and City’s image, the facility’s mission and to determine the financial terms of any event rental contract. The venue also retains the right to approve or reject the admission policy for events (including general admission, festival seating and reserved seating).
Precise facility rental rates are available upon request. All rental rates refer to the rental of the building and do not include the cost of labor, equipment, or other costs related to the event not explicitly stated otherwise. Current rental rates and details may be obtained by contacting the Sales & Marketing Director of the Heartland Events Center and Fonner Park at 308.382.4515 extension 221.
All prospective tenants must contact the Director of Sales & Marketing to determine the availability of dates and rental rates. A date is not considered firm until a signed contract is in place. The Management of Fonner Park may deny the use of any or all of the facility to any individual, group, organization or event that in his or her professional judgment would result in an unfair degree of competition or if it is not in the best interest of Fonner Park or the Heartland Events Center. If another tenant should request the dates in question or a portion thereof, the tenant will be required to execute a contractual agreement with 24 hours of notification or within a time as specified by the Management. If the contract is not received, the Management will release the dates with notice.
A deposit may be required in order to secure a date and location at Fonner Park. A non-refundable 50% deposit is due upon signing of the contract and the balance is due 30 days prior to the start of the event. Management further reserves the right to require a deposit to cover all estimated expenses.
Wedding receptions require the 50% non-refundable deposit with the balance of the rent due and payable one full week prior to the wedding reception. Additionally, all known expenses must be paid in advance, including any alcohol expenses that are hosted by the wedding tenant. Any residual fees are due and payable upon receipt of the invoice. Further, a credit card must be retained on file with Fonner Park/Heartland Events Center until all payments have been received for the wedding reception.
Catering deposits and payments must adhere to the requirements set forth by the facilities’ contracted caterer(s).
The Fonner Park management reserves the right to require an additional sum in advance as a damage deposit which is refundable after the event, when a walk-through examination of the facility is completed and no damage is detected. The tenant will be charged either at the time of settlement or within 30 days for any damages related to the event which must be immediately paid without recourse. It is solely the responsibility of the tenant to recover such charges from the tenant’s insurance carrier. Submission of an advance damage deposit in no way relieves the tenant of the obligation to provide a Certificate of Insurance for coverage as outlined in the Liability Insurance section of the rental agreement, nor does it limit the right of Fonner Park to charge the tenant for the full amount of damages incurred even if the amount exceeds the advance damage deposit.
Fonner Park accepts credit card payments. A 3.5% convenience fee applies to all credit card payments.
All charges due to Fonner Park are payable on demand. Credit Card payments are acceptable forms of payment. A 3.5% convenience fee applies to credit card payments.
The lessee shall obtain, at its own cost and expense, commercial general liability insurance in the name of Licensee which shall insure all operations of Licensee. Such insurance shall be written with a limit of at least One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) combined single limit for bodily injury and property damage liability, personal injury liability and coverage for all acts and/or omissions of any employees, agents, players, performers, contractors or sub-contractors retained by Licensee. Lessor reserves the right to require an increased amount of insurance based on the nature of the event. Such insurance shall be endorsed to be primary to and not contributory with any coverage of Licensor, Fonner Park, which may be applicable to the claim.
The lessee shall also maintain, at its own cost and expense, Workman’s Compensation Insurance for any and all employees, and other employees whose services are contemplated by the event.
Certificates evidencing insurance required shall be provided to Licensor not less than ten (10) days prior to the event. The policies shall also provide, and the certificate shall so note, that the coverage may not be canceled or that a major change in coverage may not be implemented without at least (30) days’ prior written notice given to Licensor.
Note: These fees, services and service requirements may vary from event to event and are applicable on a case by case basis.
Charges and Fees:
Credit Card Fees
Facility Use Fee
Incidental Fees (furniture/linens, towels, stage props, etc.)
License Fees (BMI/ASCAP, etc.)
Long Distance Service
Sound & Lights
Telephone Lines (in-house)
If the following services are required for an event, the cost of labor will be charged:
Box Office Labor
Dedicated Ambulance Service
House Sound / Lights Operator
Ticket Seller & Takers
If used, other Fees may apply:
Stage (facility owned)
Fonner Park is available to assist event promoters with their marketing needs. Specifically, the Marketing Department can recommend print, broadcast and social media advertising outlets; can aid in writing and releasing publicity to local and regional news outlets through press releases, media advertisements and e-mail blasts; and distribution of information regarding upcoming events to the appropriate mediums.
The Fonner Park Sales & Marketing Director is Dianne Willey. Call (308) 382-4515 for more information.
Local Media: A current list is available to rental tenants upon request.
Fonner Park has 30 acres of hard surface, lighted, free parking that can accommodate 3,200 vehicles.
Aerosols, Paint Cans, Pressurized Cans
Alteration of Leased Premises
Americans with Disabilities Act
Concessions and Catering
Guest Conduct Rules
Lost and Found
Parking Lot Guidelines
Permits – Compliance with Laws and Regulations
Publicity, Signs & Banners
LESSEE WILL BE CHARGED FOR ANY DAMAGE, OR COST INCURRED BY LESSOR AS A RESULT OF LESSEE’S FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE FOREGOING TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
In the event Lessee should experience any problems or emergencies while Lessee is occupying the Leased Premises with regard to general maintenance, plumbing, electrical, or janitorial, etc., Lessee is to contact the Event Planner or the Fonner Park General Office at 308-382-4515. Night security is provided and can be reached by calling 308-380-4895. The security guard on duty will then promptly call the proper person to assist Lessee with any problems.