Iowa Events Center – Des Moines, Iowa
This is the public complex in downtown Des Moines consisting of Wells Fargo Arena, Vets Auditorium, Hy-Vee Hall and the Polk County Convention Complex.
Area events are held at one of the above locations, depending on the activity and seating requirements. The new Wells Fargo Arena will seat over 17,000 people while the Vets will seat over 11, 000.
Hy-Vee Hall hosts the Iowa Events Center’s new exhibition hall. It features 100,000 square feet of space for trade shows, conventions, and other major events. It also features eight meeting rooms with a total of 15,000 square feet of meeting space. The south end of Hy-Vee Hall houses the Iowa Hall of Pride, which honors the achievements of Iowa high school athletes and performers.
The Wells Fargo Arena is the site for the sporting events and concerts. It is also the home to the Iowa Stars hockey team. The state high school wrestling and basketball tournaments are also held there.
Coming to Des Moines will also be the Iowa Energy team. The Energy will be the first minor league basketball team to play in Des Moines for a full season since the Des Moines Dragons.
The Iowa Barnstormers will also be back at the complex in 2008 after suspending play in 2001. The team will be under new ownership and have been granted a new license to play.
Polk County Convention Complex opened in 1985 with 60,000 square feet of exhibition space on two levels and 27meeting rooms.
Directions: to Wells Fargo, Hy-Vee and Vets from the West: Motorists traveling from the west may exit I-235 at the 7th St. If you exit at 7th Street, travel one block south to Crocker. Turn left at Crocker down to 5th Street, where you can turn left and pull into the Iowa Events Center parking lot.
From the East: Motorists traveling from the east should exit I-235 at 3rd St. and go south to enter IEC’s parking lot.
Directions to the Convention Complex (501 Grand Avenue):
From the West: Motorists traveling from the west on I-235should exit at 7th Street. Turn left at Park Street., and then right onto 5th Ave. Parking is available in the Ligutti Garage or at the meters.
From the East: Motorists traveling from the east on I-235 should exit at 3rd Street. Turn right onto Watson Powell Jr. Way, then take a left on 5th Ave. Parking is available in the Ligutti Garage or at the meters.
From the Airport: Turn left onto Fleur Drive going North. Cross the river, and bear right onto Locust Street into downtown Des Moines. Turn left onto 4th Street, go two blocks and turn left onto Watson Powell Jr. Way, then left on 5th Ave. Parking is available in the Ligutti Garage or at the meters.
Phone: Main Phone Number (515) 564-8000
Other Contacts Iowa Stars – AHL Hockey (515) 23-STARS
The Principal River’s Edge (reservations) (515) 564-8787
Iowa Energy – NBA Development League (515) 4-NBA-TIX