May We Help You?

We are excited that you are coming to our town and our goal is to make you feel at home as soon as you arrive. Rapid City is a friendly place. It is common for strangers to greet you with a smile and a cheerful “Hello” or “Good morning” when they pass you on the street. We hope you find this spirit everywhere you go. Prior to your arrival, you can get help and information by contacting a volunteer. On site, there will be ICPC volunteers stationed in each hotel lobby should you have questions or need directions. In addition, a “hot line” will be staffed 24 hours a day. The number will be published in your pocket guide. Here is some basic information about your visit.

The ICPC Zone

The ICPC Zone consists of the entire Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Registration, food functions, entertainment, leisure activities, and of course the contest will be held here.

Chill Zone

When you want to relax, the IBM Chill Zone is for you. It is located in the Food Court area of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.


Both AT&T and Verizon provide cell phone coverage for Rapid City and the Black Hills.


Bottled water will be available in your hotel room and at the Civic Center.


Breakfast will be at your hotel. Other meals will be served in the Lower Rushmore Room at the Civic Center, where a variety of food options, including vegetarian, will be available.

Wi-Fi Coverage

Wi-Fi will be available throughout the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.


The four hotels which will house contestants are all within easy walking distance of the Civic Center. Shuttle service will be provided for those who prefer. The hotel for regional leadership activities is a 5 minute drive from the Civic Center.

Health and Safety

We are committed to providing excellent comfort and safety during the days of the World Finals 2017. We will use a special call center to be available via phone 24/7 to assist you with any situations you may encounter. The call center number will be published in your pocket guide. In case of life threatening emergencies, phone 911 or ask someone to assist you in making this call.


The Rapid City Police Department and Rapid City Fire Department are both located within minutes of the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center and downtown hotels. The estimated time of first aid vehicles there is 5 minutes.


Rapid City Regional Hospital is located about 2.5 miles south of the contest venue. For non-emergency health problems, there are several Urgent Care Centers that see walk-in patients. Drug stores are available if you need any over the counter medication, first aid supplies or prescriptions filled while you are here. The hotel volunteer will be happy to help you.