Brenton Skating Plaza is an outdoor ice skating facility and wedding venue located in Des Moines, Iowa that offers a luxurious view of the downtown skyline and riverfront. This white-washed, lofty area presents any couple with ample space to celebrate. In the beautiful summer weather, green trees are visible from the open event area and breezes are able to cool you and your guests as you dance, drink, dine, and more. Your wedding occasion has the ability to be fully customized to suit your needs, the entirety of the space acting as a blank canvas for you to make your mark. Whether you want opulent luxury or industrial charm, Brenton Skating Plaza is able to provide a flexible space for any event. With nearby accommodations and access to the Iowa Events Center, this venue is ideal for a convenient and unique wedding celebration.
Facilities and Capacity
Brenton Skating Plaza features a one-of-a-kind canopy that is able to be transformed from an ice skating rink into an event venue. This open-air facility is 160 feet tall and approximately 120 feet long and 60 feet wide, providing protection from inclement weather and featuring panoramic views of the city. It comes with fully operational restrooms and plenty of space for dancing, accommodating up to 1,880 standing guests and 430 seated.
This waterfront canopy is available from May through October and is easily accessible to downtown attractions. Brenton Skating Plaza has a relationship with Chihstiani's Catering and SA Presents, both of which offer a liquor license for your use on the property. When you book this distinctive venue, you will be provided with the following services and rentals:
The Canopy at Brenton Skating Plaza is just blocks away from attractions such as the Science Center of Iowa, Principal Park, Historic East Village, and more downtown areas. It is easily accessible along the waterfront, offering breathtaking outdoor views.
Recommended by 99% of couples
Grant · Married on 06/30/2018
Great venue, Robin was very helpful and amazing to work with.Sent on 08/20/2018
Sara · Married on 05/19/2018
Robbin and the Greater Des Moines Partnership team made sure we had a wonderful experience as we planned our event at Brenton Skating Plaza. Robbin was attentive, helped wherever she could, and answered all of our questions timely! I cannot recommend working with her enough!Sent on 08/15/2018
Steve · Married on 05/12/2018
We have held our Walk to Cure Arthritis at Brenton Skating Plaza for the past three years and have had nothing but a great experience with the staff. They are very professional, accommodating and responsive. 600Sent on 07/31/2018
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