Wells Fargo Arena

Wells Fargo Arena, which is owned by Polk County and professionally managed by Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, is a 17,000 seat arena that opened July 12, 2005. The arena is part of the Iowa Events Center complex, which also includes Hy-Vee Hall and the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. Each year Wells Fargo Arena hosts the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic, which is a showcase of all four NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball programs in the State of Iowa (Drake University, the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa) as well as the Iowa High School State Wrestling and Girls and Boys Basketball Tournaments. Three professional sports teams also call the arena home, including the NBA D-League’s Iowa Energy, the AHL’s Iowa Wild and the IFL’s Iowa Barnstormers.

In addition to sporting events, Wells Fargo Arena hosts world-class entertainers and is consistently ranked as a top 100 venue worldwide in terms of concert attendance. Recent artists who have played Wells Fargo Arena include Garth Brooks, Taylor Swift, Eric Church, Fall Out Boy, Justin Bieber, the Eagles, The Who, and Jason Aldean. The arena also hosts family shows, including Disney On Ice, Monster Jam, the Harlem Globetrotters and others.

In the summer of 2015 Wells Fargo Arena underwent over $2.5 Million of fan experience enhancements, highlighted by replacing all arena lighting with Musco LED Sports Lighting, new HD camera equipment and a new center-hung Daktronics HD Videoboard.

Wells Fargo Arena By the Numbers

  • Grand Opening Ceremonies: July 12, 2005
  • First Event: July 14, 2005 (Tony Hawk’s Boom Boom Huck Jam)
  • Owned by: Polk County
  • Managed by: Spectra by Comcast Spectacor
  • Single Event Attendance Record:
  • Teams that call Wells Fargo Arena home: Iowa Barnstormers (IFL), Iowa Energy (NBA D-League), Iowa Wild (AHL)
    • NCAA Championship events hosted:
    • 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball First and Second Rounds
    • 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional Finals
    • 2013 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
    • 2015 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Regional Finals
    • 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds
  • Number of Suites/Loge Boxes: 39 suites and 20 loge boxes
  • Other Amenities:
    • 630 Club Seats
    • Restaurant located on the Suite Level, open to all ticket holders
    • 16,980 seats

Contact Information / Ticket Office Hours

Street Address: 233 Center Street Des Moines, IA 50309

Ticket Office Hours:

Labor Day–Memorial Day
Mon–Fri 10:00 am–5:30 pm, Saturday–10:00 am–12:00 pm, Sunday—CLOSED

Memorial Day–Labor Day
Mon–Fri 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday/Sunday—CLOSED

Open extended hours during events

Phone Number: (515) 564-8300