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Address: 730 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309 (Formerly Polk County Convention Complex)
Phone Number: (515) 564-8000
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Awesome Venue

Very clean and well set up for large events. Have been here many times for various activities and it is always clean and tidy.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 22, 2015
Mikayla E
Central City, Iowa
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Central City, Iowa
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88 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Very clean and well set up for large events. Have been here many times for various activities and it is always clean and tidy.

Thank Mikayla E
Romeo, Michigan
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66 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Went here for a volleyball tournament. Very nice clean place. Even the bathrooms were always immaculand and fully stocked any time of the day. I didn't like having to pay $4 for a bottle of water.

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Thank Dorrie1949
Chandler, Arizona
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

I had a lot of fun attending Comic-Con. Vendors had different displays, many costumed fans, TV and Movie stars present for forums, autographs and pictures. Plenty of food vendors, places to relax. Friendly place and very clean!

Thank Sean_and_Carol
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1,446 reviews
335 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 269 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

we saw football,a concert,Harlem Globtrotters all in just a few weeks. This is a busy place with lots of family events going on. Large,clean,good staff and not expensive. good place to go with things for everyone.comfy seats and eating places nearby.

Thank Barry N
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Robotics tournament in March. 10 rows of chairs on the main floor which made seeing the rounds impossible unless you were in the front row. The bleacher seats (really, no seat backs?) were overcrowded. Concessions were substandard for a large facility and only one station for thousands of people created 1/2 hour lines.

Thank Pete1803
West Burlington, Iowa
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21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

The pizza was good the chicken was all right It was all pricey but cheaper than what you expect at an arena

Thank doug b
Des Moines, IA
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177 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 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 

Thank deegeegirl
Des Moines
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186 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 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 

2 Thank Proteeus3
iowa city, ia
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201 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 137 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 

1 Thank iowacityia
Iowa City, Iowa
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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.

Thank Jean K

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