Crews began tearing down the old Grandstand Nov. 13 and official say its replacement will be complete Aug. 9, 2018, the report says. Four thousand seats will be added north of the permanent Grandstand seating structure, which underwent $9 million renovations in the 1990s. A 60-foot deep, 100-foot wide stage will replace the old one to accommodate tours with advanced audio and video production, the report says.
The demolition and construction projects are part of a three-year fairground renovation project that was previously reported by the Register as a multimillion dollar endeavor.
A total of 76,165 attendees watched Grandstand entertainment in 2017, a decrease from the 82,283 attendees in 2016. The report says the 2018 Iowa State Fair Grandstand acts include Reba McEntire on Aug. 10 and Christian act Casting Crowns on Aug. 9. The report says past acts include acapella group Pentatonix, Salt-N-Pepa and Kid Rock.