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The Iowa high school state baseball tournament will be held at Principal Park through the 2020 season. Tentative dates:
2018 — July 20-28
2019 — July 26-August 3
2020 — July 24-August 1



Principal Park is located at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers just south of downtown Des Moines. From Interstate 235, take the 3rd Street exit, then travel south to Line Drive and turn left. Please click here to see a map.



Principal Park continues to rate as one of the top minor league facilities in the country. The stadium, which was built prior to the start of the 1992 season, has seen more than eight million fans pass through its gates.

The 11,500-seat stadium features 45 skyboxes, a picnic area and a mezzanine level.

The ballpark has earned many awards for the Iowa Cubs. In 1992, the Cubs were honored by Baseball America magazine with the Bob Freitas Award, which recognized Iowa as the top triple-A team in the country. Also in 1992, the Iowa Cubs were named the top tourist attraction in the state by the Iowa Tourism Council. In 1996, Baseball America ranked Sec Taylor as one of the best minor league ballpark in the country, and did so again in 1998. The stadium is also regarded as the minor league facility with the best view.

The stadium was built on its current site in 1947 and called Pioneer Park. In 1959, it was renamed Sec Taylor Stadium in honor of former Des Moines Register and Tribune sports editor Garner W. (Sec) Taylor. On August 5, 2004, the stadium was renamed Principal Park.

Planning for a new stadium began in August 1988. The $12 million rebuilding effort began with the demolition of the old stadium on Sept. 10, 1991. The new stadium was constructed on the old site beginning that October. The first game was April 16, 1992.

In 1995, the ballpark added a new look with a remodeled clubhouse and 12 skyboxes in left field. The $2 million clubhouse expansion featured new locker room facilities for both the Cubs and visiting clubs. The locker room complex also included: new offices for the manager and coaches, laundry and storage facilities, an expanded training room, an indoor batting cage, a new weight room and a family lounge.

After the 2005 season, a $6.8 million renovation included new seating areas in right field and outfield bleachers, a new video board and message board, and a new fountain in the right-field corner.

• Rain checks -- Keep your ticket stub! In the event the game is rained out, your stub will allow admittance to the rescheduled game.

• Elevator -- An elevator is available for those in need and to reach the skyboxes behind home plate. The elevator is located at Gate C near the main office entrance.

• Special services -- Handicapped seating is available in several areas throughout the ballpark. The first aid room is located on the first base side on the main concourse level. The information booth is located behind home plate next to the merchandise store on the main concourse level.

• For your safety -- To ensure a safe environment, all items carried into Principal Park are subject to inspection. No food or beverage may be brought into the stadium.

• We're open -- The gates open 60 minutes before each home game.



Smoking has been banned in the stands at Principal Park for some time, but now it is banned everywhere - in the stands, in the concourse, in the rented skyboxes and in the Cub Club. Smokers must exit the stadium gates before lighting up. This is part of our "Don't Smoke - It Ruins Your Game" campaign.


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