The Iowa State Center, managed by VenuWorks, is a premier event and meeting complex for Iowa State University, the City of Ames and Central Iowa. The Iowa State Center is comprised of three buildings: Stephens Auditorium, Fisher Theater and the Scheman Building. The Center hosts more than 1,000 events, practices, rehearsals, meetings, conferences and trade shows each year drawing nearly 800,000 guests.

The Iowa State Center is a full-service public assembly complex providing in-house stagehands, ushers, peer security, custodial, ticket offices, concessions and conversion staff, and ensures top-notch services for all tenants, clients and guests.

The Iowa State Center facilities provide the capacity for production of a diverse range of events.

Stephens Auditorium

  • Popular concerts
  • Stage plays
  • Symphonies
  • Dance performances
  • Broadway Musicals
  • Family shows
  • And many more

Fisher Theater

  • Host to Iowa State University Theater stage plays
  • Host to Iowa State University dance performances
  • Family Shows
  • And many more

Scheman Building

  • Conventions
  • Trade shows
  • Weddings
  • Social Gatherings

For facility availability, event cost estimates, and general booking information, contact:

Stephens Auditorium and Fisher Theater:

515-294-3347

Scheman Building

Buildings are available for rent to both university and non-university users. In some cases preferences are given to university groups. The Center will entertain a variety of rental arrangements, including straight rentals, co-promotion, and in-house promotion.

Rental cost is organized as a fixed amount, either plus, or in lieu of, a percentage, which is determined by the type of sponsor, amount of admission charged, and the number of performances. In addition to rent, the sponsor is expected to pay all out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the event.

The Iowa State Center sponsors and encourages a varied and comprehensive array of quality performing and visual arts, educational programs, athletics, and entertainment for the University community, and for residents of central Iowa, reaching throughout the state and the region.

By providing efficient, top quality facilities and services which are responsive to the individual event’s requirements, the Center continually achieves the highest professional standards.

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