Demolition of Iowa State Fair Grandstand kicks off improvement project

The Grandstand stage in Des Moines will be replaced with a larger one to hold more advanced audio and video productions.

November 14, 2017
CDR Staff
Demolition began on the old Grandstand at the Iowa State Fair site in Des Moines, a report by the Des Moines Register says. The Grandstand will be replaced with a new one in time for the 2018 fair in August.

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.