Why ISU/Ames

Event Paradise. Iowa Nice.

When you’re located in the heartland, you’re on the way to everywhere-this vibrant university community is thumping with amenities! Midwest hospitality?  Affordable and flexible meeting space options? Plenty to discover outside of sessions?  Conveniently located in the center of the state and the nation? Check, check and check!

Ames and Iowa State University are one of the premier university-based convention and meeting destinations in the United States. 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, an award-winning performing arts theater for 2700
  • Hilton Coliseum-flexible space that can host events, dinners, conferences and competitions with seating for 14,500
  • Scheman Building- 25 meeting rooms, a 456-seat auditorium and full-service on-site catering services.
  • Fisher Theater, an intimate theater for 450

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.

Looking for more reasons to consider us?  Home to premier youth events, world-class competition and everything from barbecues to black tie events- you can count on the thoughtful planning and consideration that go in to making sure your attendees’ experiences are safe and enjoyable.  After all, planning an event should be uneventful!


“I cannot tell you how much I have valued our relationship with your conference planning team.  The knowledge that you guys were there whenever I needed you was such a sense security and well-being for me.  Every planner you gave our program was a pro, from the start to the end, I always felt that YLF was part of “your” team, that “you” wanted us and that “you” valued us, and that made for a great and enduring event relationship. Looking forward to continued successes.”