Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena will receive a new sound system, an upgrade that should enhance the spectator experience at multiple types of events.
Over the coming months, the installation process of a new $1.7 million sound system will unfold at Wells Fargo Arena. It is expected that the sound system will be in place by October, making it noticeable upgrade for Iowa Wild (AHL) and Iowa Wolves (NBA Gatorade League) home games during their respective 2019-20 seasons.
A new sound system is expected to benefit more than the Wild and Wolves, however, as it will also be used for sports tournaments, commencements, and select other events staged at Wells Fargo Arena. Funding for the project was approved by Polk County supervisors on Tuesday. More from the Des Moines Register:
Polk County supervisors approved spending for the new system by South Dakota-based Daktronics at a meeting Tuesday. The company also manufactured and installed Wells Fargo Arena’s scoreboard display in 2015.
The county owns the Iowa Events Center, which includes the arena, the convention center and Hy-Vee Hall, all managed by Spectra, an event management company.
[Iowa Events Center,general manager Chris] Connolly said big acts like the Dave Mathews Band bring their own sound systems to the arena. The new one is used for local events, such as graduations, state tournaments and Iowa Wild hockey games.
Wells Fargo Arena originally opened in 2005.