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Iowa Events Center

The Iowa Events Center is Greater Des Moines' premier convention center. The property, which consists of Wells Fargo Arena, Hy-Vee Hall, and the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center, offers flexible space to accommodate events of all types and sizes. With 37 meeting rooms, 150,000 square foot expo hall, 28,800 square foot grand ballroom, and 17,000 seat arena all under one roof, the Iowa Events Center can create the perfect meeting space for groups of all sizes.

Iowa Events Center At a Glance


  • Total Square Feet: 286,300
  • Meeting Space Square Feet: 226,000
  • Meeting Rooms: 37
  • Exhibit Hall Square Feet: 150,000
  • Ballroom Square Feet: 60,300


Additional Details

  • Attached 330-room Hilton Des Moines Downtown 
  • 1,400 parking spaces on-site
  • 17,000+ capacity arena and bar 
  • Connected to restaurants, parking, and 1,300+ hotel rooms via the four-mile, climate-controlled skywalk system 
  •  Tax-exempt convention center facility
  • Complete in-house marketing, media, and public relations services
  • Online and on-site exhibitor services available 
  • On-site, preferred audiovisual
  • Expert culinary team

Aerial view of the Iowa Events Center

Hy-Vee Hall: Level 1


  • Meeting Space Square Feet: 14,400
  • Meeting Rooms: Up to 8
  • Pre-function Square Feet: 7,300


Additional Details

  • The Iowa Hall of Pride, an interactive museum highlighting prominent Iowa figures, is located on the south end of Level 1

Hy-Vee Hall at the Iowa Events Center

Hy-Vee Hall: Level 2


  • Exhibition Space Square Feet: 150,000
  • Exhibition Halls: Up to 3
  • Pre-function Square Feet: 16,400


Additional Details

  • For easy load-in, drive-on access and ten covered loading docks with levelers are available

Volleyball tournament at the Iowa Events Center

Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center: Level 3


  • Total Square Feet: 50,000
  • Meeting Rooms: 21


Additional Details

  • Airwalls allow for this space to open up and accommodate up to 200-10'x10' exhibit booths
  • There are eight HD projectors in the Grand Concourse ceiling
  • Level 3 is home to Veterans Memorial Hall, an exhibit space honoring Iowa Veterans from across many wars and battles
  • Directly above Memorial Hall there is a Mezzanine Level that holds four executive board rooms 

Convention at the Iowa Events Center

Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center: Level 4


  • Ballroom Space Square Feet: 28,800
  • Ballroom Rooms: Up to 2
  • Pre-function Square Feet: 14,000


Additional Details

  • The ballroom has a cloud ceiling with colorful LED accent lighting
  • Two meeting rooms are available on both sides of the pre-function space

Red carpet event in a ballroom at the Iowa Events Center

Wells Fargo Arena


  • Seats: 16,980
  • Suites: 39
  • Loge Boxes: 20


Additional Details

  • The Fort (whiskey bar) is the main restaurant within Wells Fargo Arena


Basketball stadium for NCAA March Madness at the Wells Fargo Arena

Iowa Events Center Highlights