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Iowa Events Center

Address: 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309 (Formerly Polk County Convention Complex)
Phone Number: (515) 564-8000
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Ranked #28 of 103 things to do in Des Moines
Type: Convention centers, Traveler Resources
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Des Moines, IA
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129 reviews 129 reviews
35 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

However, these are some of the smallest stadium seats I have ever sat in. Even normal size people were arms folded, lean into your spouse/ child and try not to hit your knees on the chair in front of you. I realize these places make money by how many seats are sold but DANG. My family would go to a... More 

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Des Moines
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85 reviews 85 reviews
15 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I saw a dozen gals go in the Men's room and a half dozen guys go in the Women's restroom. You need to mark both entrances to each from the ceiling instead of just one side. People see the one bathroom and assume the next doorway is for the other sex. They walk in not know it is the same... More 

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iowa city, ia
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145 reviews 145 reviews
24 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We attended the James Taylor concert on Saturday, November 1st 2014 at the Wells Fargo Arena. This was our first visit to WFA. We have been to Hy-Vee hall, located right across the street and connected by a skywalk. There is 1 large parking lot and 1 small parking lot available nearby. Several parkades are in the area too. And... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Took our family to the circus and arrived early. Parking was convenient and doors opened and hour early. Seats were easy to find and provided a fun evening. Concession staff very friendly.

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Cibolo, Texas, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I recently attended a 4-day conference here. Great food & friendly staff/servers. Seats were comfortable and room temperature was perfect!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Went to a concert here and so appreciated the staff's kindness and helpful demeanor when I was having trouble with my tickets (I had purchased them through a third party company). Seating was great, will definitely come back for another event!

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Parshall, Colorado
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60 reviews 60 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Attended a concert here and was very pleased. The acoustics were good, accessibility is good and plenty of food and beverages.

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Warsaw, Illinois
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

First time visitor, very impressive facility. Easy access in and out and convenient parking was readily available

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Des Moines, Iowa
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103 reviews 103 reviews
41 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I have attended concerts, motor cross races, basketball games, hockey games, and Home & Garden shows, and every event that I have been to here has been great! Not a bad seat in the place. Although, they really need to make a run through the stands and fix some seats and arm rests, as some are in need of repairs.... More 

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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

This is a great place to see a concert. The people here were all very helpful. There's a restaurant here that is great to get reservations at before a show - the prices are reasonable, the food is good. Everyone was pleasant. Parking is close and reasonably priced.

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  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?