There are three primary seating levels at Iowa Events Center, and they each offer a unique experience for concerts and basketball games.
The largest - and most desirable - level is the 100 Level. These sections contain 25 or more rows of seats with an entrance at the back row. Some tickets in these sections may be labeled as Club Seats, which afford them additional amenities.
The 200 Level features the smallest sections. With the exception of a few end section, these each have six rows of seats. This is convenient for guests who want quick and easy access in and out of their seats.
The stadium's top level - the 300 Level - contains small sections along the side and larger sections at the end. The end sections were built as budget seats and almost always have the lowest ticket prices.
Best Seats For a Concert at Iowa Events Center
The most common seating layout at Iowa Events Center for concerts is an end-stage setup with the stage located near sections Section 101, Section 119 and Section 120. For many concerts there are also slight variations to the layout, which may include General Admission seats, fan pits and B-stages.
On the Floor: Sections Floor Center, Floor Left and Floor Right are Floor Seats, which offer some of the closest views of the performers. For many concerts, floor sections are added or removed. These performer-specific adjustments may alter the floor layout and the views from each floor section.
To the Side of the Stage: For close views of the stage with a little bit of elevation, consider seats to the side of the stage in Section 102, Section 103 and Section 117. The view is not head-on like on the floor, but many of the seats are closer to the stage, provide better elevation and are actual stadium seats.
Even upper level sections offer unobstructed sitelines. Just keep in mind that you won't be able to see as much detail from these seats as you would if you sat closer to the stage.
Consider the Following When Buying Concert Tickets
Seats behind the stage are occassionally sold: Unless your main objective is to just get in the building, you'll want to completely avoid anything behind the stage - like those in/near or above sections Section 101, Section 119, Section 120 and Section 122. It's unlikely the performer will turn around to salute you - and you're more likely to be completely blocked out from seeing the show.
If you're on the shorter side (or bringing kids), consider floor seats only in the first few rows: The most common complaint amongst floor ticketholders is that they can't see the stage because of taller people in front of them. As an alternative, consider side sections near the stage that will still have you close and high enough to see.
Lower level side sections are not created equal: While the side sections closest to the stage are top-notch, side sections farther from the stage may leave you with a cramp in your neck. Sections 106 and 114 are not well-angled towards the stage - leaving you to turn your head for an ideal view. Instead, consider head-on sections in the lower level or even close side seats in the upper level like 302 and 322.
There are two distinct setups for seating behind the basket in the lower level. The first setup has sections 108-112 and 120-124 starting at row A and continuing through row Y - like most lower level sections. In the other setup, rows A-Q are removed and only rows R-Y are available.
In either setup, you'll probably want to aim for rows R-Y. Ticket prices are less expensive, the seats are closer to the concourse tunnel (fewer stairs to walk) and the seats are permanent - which tend to be more comfortable.
Furthermore, sections 110 and 122 are directly behind their respective baskets. Skip these in favor of seats more in the corner where the basket is not as obstructive.
100 Level Center (Basketball) Seating
Most fans will agree that the best seats for basketball at Wells Fargo Arena are those located in sections 103-105 and 115-117. These seats offer unobstructed sitelines from within 30 rows of the court.
Fans seated in row A will be sitting just behind the hockey boards that line the perimeter of the lower level. These seats are just behind floor seats - about five rows from the court. Fans seated near the top of these sections near Row Y will be at an ideal elevation for seeing both sides of the court easily. They'll also be seated near the concourse tunnel which is at the top of each section.
100 Level Corner (Basketball) Seating
Corner sections are an inexpensive way to sit in the lower level for a basketball game at Wells Fargo Arena. When choosing seats in these seats, you may want to avoid sections 102, 106, 114 and 118. These sections are not angled toward the court. Instead, the seats face behind the near basket and force you to turn your body to see the action.
Adjacent corner sections offer more comfortable angles towards the court and are usually less expensive.
200 Level Baseline (Basketball) Seating
The 200 level is known for small, navigable sections. However, some 200s sections behind the basket break this trend. Specifically, sections 222-228 may contain as many as 12 rows. Add that to the fact that these seats are located behind the basket, and you have just an OK seating area compared to the rest of the 200 level.
If the price is right within these sections, just be sure to avoid sections 211 and 224 which are directly behind the basket and have some of the worst views in the arena.
200 Level Center (Basketball) Seating
While the club seats on the lower level receive the most attention, seats near mid-court in the 200 level are often over-looked when talking about the best seats in the arena.
Located above a ring of suites, these sections are situated at a very good height for seeing both sides of the court equitably and comfortably. Additionally, each of these sections contain just five rows of seats. Getting to and from the concourse tunnel is not too painful as you never have more than a few stairs to traverse.
200 Level Corner (Basketball) Seating
Like the adjacent 200 level sections near center court, corner sections in the second level offer good value and under-appreciated perks.
Each section contains up to five rows of seats, labeled A at the front and E at the back. With only a few rows, it's easy to get up from your seats to grab a snack or use the restroom.
These seats are a great alternative to the 100 level where ticket prices might be too high - and to the 300 level where the seats themselves might be too high (up).
300 Level Baseline (Basketball) Seating
Behind the basket seating on the 300 level is only available in sections 309-315. These sections are farthest from the court and are widely considered the worst seats in the arena. Of course, fans considering tickets in these seats are doing so because of their low ticket price.
To get the most out of seats in this area, choose tickets in the first five rows (row A is at the front) in one of the sections closer to the corner. Being lower down will give you a slightly better view, but it will also have you walking a lot less stairs than if you were seated near the top. And being closer to the corner will have you less obstructed by the basket.
300 Level Center (Basketball) Seating
Sections 303-305 and 319-321 provide ticketholders with solid center court views at a fraction of the price of 100 and 200 level tickets. However, with two levels of seating and two rings of suites below, these 300 level sections are pretty high up.
In each of these sections, row A is at the front.
300 Level Corner (Basketball) Seating
Corner seating on the 300 level is a mixed bag between OK seats and truly bad. In sections 307, 308, 316 and 317, you may find yourself seated up against a large wall and feeling rather confined (you can avoid this by sitting in a lower row). Meanwhile, adjacent sections like 306 and 318 are almost like sideline seats and the basket barely obstructs your view.
In all cases, the best experiences can be found in the lower rows where you won't feel so high up (in an already high-up 300 level) and where you'll have fewer stairs to walk to reach the concourse and its amenities.
Floor Sideline (Basketball) Seating
The closest seats to the court are the floor sections that run along each sideline. Each of these sections contain three rows of folding chairs just mere feet from the hardwood.
For most games, floor sections 1-5 are located on the player side of the court where row B may have you directly behind the coaches and athletes. In other sections, row A is closest to the court.