Why ISU/Ames

When you're located in the heartland, you're on the way to everywhere. Our city's 50,000 residents are knowledgeable and hospitable. Ames is a community that's smart, affordable, clean, safe, fun and easy to get around. Ames and Iowa State University are one of the premiere university-based convention and meeting destinations in the United States.

Campus Here in Iowa, we focus on doing the job right - minimal fuss, maximum results. The cornerstone of the Ames and ISU convention and meeting infrastructure is the multi-faceted Iowa State Center. Surrounded by acres of convenient parking, the Iowa State Center facilities include:

  • C. Y. Stephens Auditorium, recently named the “Building of the Century” has raised its curtain to the Russian National Orchestra, Stomp and contemporary performances such as “Moving Out”.
  • Hilton Coliseum has showcased the President of the United States, athletic events, trade shows and science fairs.
  • Scheman Building has a 456-seat auditorium and spacious meeting rooms, as well as full service on-site catering services.
  • Fisher Theater’s intimate setting is well suited for touring productions, and presentations.

The extensive facilities of the Iowa State Center are only one aspect of the Iowa State University campus. The campus has grabbed attention by being considered one of the 25 most beautiful in the United States and is one of only three to make the American Society of Landscape Architect’s centennial listing of “Medallion Site.” In addition, the campus also offers a multitude of state of the art classrooms and auditoriums, and the beautifully renovated Memorial Union, including both meeting space and hotel rooms.

The flexible options on the Iowa State Campus are complimented by unique community offerings which provide an abundance of places to stay and things to do.

Getting Here:

Ames is located in the heartland of the country and is easily accessible by ground and air transportation. The city is 35-45 minutes north of Des Moines, Iowa, and is driving distance from other metropolitan areas such as: Minneapolis, Chicago, Kansas City, Omaha and St. Louis.

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