Catch Greater Des Moines
, the perfect destination for sporting events. Des Moines is a city where athlete and fan expectations are exceeded with world-class sports facilities, hotels, restaurants and attractions. It’s a place that’s affordable, easy, unique and exciting.
Greater Des Moines is home to dozens of premier sports facilities capable of holding events large and small. Wells Fargo Arena offers 35,000 square feet of space, has 17,000 seats and is connected to Iowa Events Center, where sports planners will find 37 meeting rooms and an additional 226,000 square feet of flexible space. It’s a place three semiprofessional teams call home and has hosted sporting events like NCAA tournaments and AAU Junior Olympics. Many facilities like Wells Fargo Arena and Iowa Events Center can play host to multiple sports.
From the National Junior High Finals Rodeo Championship to National Junior College wrestling, Iowa State Fairgrounds has utilized its 110,000 square footage to run sporting events of all sizes. Planners will find more than 88 soccer and 70 baseball fields, and 60 tennis and 50 basketball courts throughout the metro. That’s not to mention softball fields, golf courses and prestigious track and field stadiums.
"Thank you, your staff and the IEC people for a great event. I heard nothing but compliments on-site, and how friendly people were and how easy they were to work with. Spectators and teams had a great time exploring downtown DSM and seemed to find a lot of the events that were going on. A good time was had by all, and you and your staff were the main element in making it happen. The region staff and members truly appreciate the effort it takes to bid and host this event. The Des Moines CVB rocks.”
–Lynne Updegraff, Iowa Region Commissioner
Hy-Vee Hall at Iowa Events Center
Iowa Events Center, home to Hy-Vee Hall and Wells Fargo Arena, features Iowa’s largest ballroom, 37 meeting rooms, a 17,000-seat arena and 1,900 hotel rooms within 1 mile of the complex. Hy-Vee Hall includes nearly 150,000 square feet of space and can seat more than 800 people. As a leading entertainment venue, Iowa Events Center is a hub for sporting events, concerts, family shows and more. Events recently hosted include NCAA Division I Women’s Regional Volleyball Finals, the 2015 U.S. Women’s Junior Olympic Gymnastics Championships and the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games.
Carrie Jackson, Assistant General Manager and Director of Convention Services
Drake University – Drake Stadium
Drake University boasts multiple facilities that can host basketball, volleyball, tennis, softball, soccer and track and field events. It is located minutes from downtown Des Moines and a short drive from Des Moines International Airport. Drake Stadium, where the historic and famous blue oval can be found, is home to the annual Drake Relays and has hosted other major events like USA Track & Field’s Outdoor Track & Field Championship and the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games.
Brady Randall, Assistant Athletic Director for Event Operations and Facilities