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Comprised of Hy-Vee Hall/Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, Wells Fargo Arena and Polk County Convention Complex

Iowa Events Center

730 Third Street
Des Moines, IA 50309

(515) 564-8000

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Fax: (515) 564-8001

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Convention Center Summary

Total Meeting Rooms: 34   Distance from Airport: 5 miles
Total Meeting Space (sf): 222,000   Tax Rate (%): 6%
Largest Ballroom Space (sf): n/a   Relative Location: Downtown
Metro Population: 562,906   MSA Rank: 89

Convention Center Description

Hy-Vee Hall
The pride of Des Moines for exhibits, showcases, trade shows, conventions and upscale banquets and balls.  Hy-Vee Hall features 100,000 sq. ft. of prime expo hall space, up to 150,000 sq.ft. of contiguous expo space, over 14,000-sq. ft. of meeting rooms, and 23,700-sq. ft. of pre-function space.  Ten covered loading bays and two 20 by 24 foot doors make drive-on access extremely convenient.  Hy-Vee Hall is also comprised of the Iowa Hall of Pride, an interactive center that celebrates the people, places and spirit of Iowa.  

Polk County Convention Complex 

Designed to deliver an excellent experience for planners, exhibitors and attendees, the Polk County Convention Complex opened in 1985 as Iowa’s premier convention center.  Architecturally dramatic and adaptable, the Plex was judged the best Iowa building of the decade.  Connected on a climate-controlled four-mile skywalk system, the Plex  provides direct access to hotels, shopping and parking while keeping attendees “under one roof”.  With 60,000 s.f. on two levels, the Plex offers up to 47,000 s.f. of clear-span space, 27 meeting rooms, spacious registration lobbies and planner offices.  Hi-speed Internet, extensive catering services and covered loading docks are just some of the amenities planners appreciate. From political debates to national conventions, sporting events to Antiques Roadshow, the Plex has earned a national reputation for quality service and attention to detail.   As part of the Iowa Events Center, the Polk County Convention Complex will continue its strong tradition of meeting excellence for years to come. 

Vets Auditorium

Directly joined to Hy-Vee Hall, and connected by skywalk and tunnel to Wells Fargo Arena, Vets Auditorium provides maximum flexibility for events. Its two levels offer nearly 100,000 square feet of floor space for exhibits and trades shows, along with more than 7,200 seats for smaller arena events. Veterans Memorial Auditorium has been a part of Iowa's history for over a half century. As a major component of the Iowa Events Center, it continues to be a part of the future as events utilize it’s flexibility to increase the size of their events at the Iowa Events Center.  

Services & Amenities

Audio/Visual Audio/Visual Equipment Available
Box Office Personnel Box Office Personnel Available
Business Center: Copy/print Copier/Printer Available
Catering Catering Available
Dining (on-site) Dining (on-site) Available
Dressing Rooms Dressing Rooms Available
Meeting Planning Meeting Planning Available
Parking (self) Self Parking Available
Security Personnel Security Personnel Available
Ticket Sellers Ticket Sellers Available
Ticket Takers Ticket Takers Available


Chairs Chairs Available
Dance Floor Dance Floor Available
Electric: 0-2000 Watts Electric: 0-2000 Watts Available
High Chair & Wheel Chair High Chair & Wheel Chair Available
Satellite Services Satellite Services Available
Sound Equipment Sound Equipment Available
Tables, Skirting and Vinyl Covering Tables, Skirting and Vinyl Covering Available
Telecom: Credit Card Lines Telecom: Credit Card Lines Available
Telecom: Fax Lines Telecom: Fax Lines Available
Telecom: ISDN Lines Telecom: ISDN Lines Available
Telecom: Modem Lines Telecom: Modem Lines Available
Telecom: Multi-Line Phones Telecom: Multi-Line Phones Available
Telecom: Shared Ethernet Telecom: Shared Ethernet Available
Telecom: Single Line Voice Telecom: Single Line Voice Available
Telecom: Speaker Phone Telecom: Speaker Phone Available
Videoconferencing Videoconferencing Available
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi Available

Close-by Hotels

Hotel Miles/
Sleeping Rooms Phone Website
Renaissance Des Moines 0.32 182 (515) 244-2151 Official Site
Hyatt Place Downtown 0.35 93 (515) 282-5555 Official Site
Embassy Suites 0.38 234 (515) 244-1700 Official Site
Marriott 0.42 411 (515) 245-5500 Official Site
Hampton Inn & Suites 0.59 131 (515) 244-1650 Official Site

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