Built as the premier entertainment and convention facility in Eastern Iowa, the U.S. Cellular Center continues to host 190 event days a year including concerts, family shows, conventions, corporate meetings, sporting events, ice shows, rodeos, circuses and high school events. The facility is on the leading edge of bringing culturally rich, highly entertaining and visually stimulating events to the surrounding population.
Nestled in the densely populated corridor of Eastern Iowa, the U.S. Cellular Center draws event attendees from a population base of more than 1,000,000 people within a 100-mile radius. Event programming is carefully planned to appeal to a gamut of progressive tastes and traditional interests.
The U.S. Cellular Center opened as the Five Seasons Center on January 25, 1979. It was one portion of a three-part downtown project built in the late 1970’s that included the Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel and Five Seasons Parkade. The project was funded through a newly created downtown TIF (tax-incremental finance) district and a bond issue.
After the flood of 2008, the facility closed for renovations in 2011. After 2 yrs of renovations and improvements the new U.S. Cellular Center Convention Center re-opened on June 1, 2013 with a sold-out concert by country megastars Lady Antebellum. The newly renovated complex now boasts an 9,000+ seat arena lined with concessions stands, 267 hotel rooms, 81,779 square feet of exhibit space, 12,359 square feet of ballroom space and 19,383 square feet of meeting room space.
The $144 million transformation makes the convention complex, complete with a DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids hotel, the second largest convention and events center in the state.
Today, the U.S. Cellular Center is owned by the City of Cedar Rapids and proudly managed by Hilton and VenuWorks.