(Cedar Rapids, IA) – Hawkeye Downs, a prominent venue and racing attraction in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, today announced it has formally sold its property to Cellsite Solutions of Cedar Rapids.  Cellsite will now own all 93 acres of the property, but Hawkeye Downs will lease back the exposition halls and racing facilities. It’s a unique partnership between a private company and a nonprofit organization—a partnership that means Hawkeye Downs continues to host events and racing, while Cellsite Solutions will have plenty of land to expand its business.

“Going forward for Hawkeye Downs, it will be business as usual,” said board president, Julie Kraft. “We will continue to operate as a nonprofit organization and host events in our exposition halls. We will also have our regular racing season. Selling the property simply means we can worry less about maintaining 93 acres and instead, focus on improving Hawkeye Downs and the events we hold here.”

“Our company is growing and we needed ground to expand upon,” said Cellsite Solutions President Carter Kramer. “Acquiring this property allows us to stay in Cedar Rapids with plenty of room to grow in the future. Plus, it’ll be pretty cool to have a racetrack right out our front door.”

Hawkeye Downs sold the property in southwest Cedar Rapids for $2.6 million to Cellsite Solutions, which will eventually move its headquarters to the site. Under the purchase agreement, Cellsite Solutions will also provide $200,000 in capital improvements to Hawkeye Downs. That work has already begun with repairs being made to the roof on the North Expo Hall late last year.

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“We are so excited about the possibilities and the future at Hawkeye Downs. The sale of the property eases our debt burden and allows us to make necessary improvements and upgrades,” said Kraft. “Hawkeye Downs has a rich history in our community and our board members take that seriously. We know many people have fond memories here. It’s our intent to make Hawkeye Downs be the best it can be, so it can be around for many more years. The sale of our property to Cellsite Solutions makes that possible.”

“Hawkeye Downs has such potential. I see that potential. I believe our partnership with this nonprofit provides an opportunity to make Hawkeye Downs a great destination again,” said Kramer.

“We couldn’t ask for a better partner than Carter Kramer and Cellsite Solutions,” said Hawkeye Downs Racing Director Kevin Korsmo. “Carter has a contagious enthusiasm for racing. As part of this partnership, he can offer ideas for events and racing. We expect race fans will be seeing a lot more entertainment in the near future.”

All events scheduled for Hawkeye Downs, including next racing season, will go on as planned. Next weekend Hawkeye Downs hosts a gun show, followed by an RV show in February. Events are scheduled out into June 2021. Hawkeye Downs will celebrate 100 years of racing in 2025.

About CellSite Solutions: CellSite Solutions is a nationally recognized company, based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. CellSite Solutions provides used telecommunications equipment as well as telecommunications site services. The company offers quality secondary market and surplus outside plant equipment, a menu of installation services and includes a craning and logistics division. CellSite intends to redevelop its current location at 1720 I Avenue NE in Cedar Rapids and move its headquarters to the Hawkeye Downs property.  Currently, the company has 55 employees, with plans to expand and increase its employee base to more than 70 employees in the next 24 months.

About Hawkeye Downs: Each year this premiere venue hosts dozens of trade shows, conventions, and gatherings in its exposition halls and on its vast grounds. Hawkeye Downs is also home to one of two asphalt racetracks in the state of Iowa.  Every May through August, you can hear the roar of race engines almost every weekend. Founded in 1925, Hawkeye Downs was previously known as Frontier Park and the Cedar Rapids Speedway. Hawkeye Downs is a nonprofit organization that is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Sponsorship Opportunities 2020

As the 2020 season approaches, Hawkeye Downs is looking for partners to be apart of our 95th year. A multitude of opportunities exist at all different price ranges, starting out at just $25.

And here is the best part: According to a 2015 Repucom survey, No other major sport in the U.S. delivers a higher quality of fan when it comes to supporting sponsors.

From our fans, to our drivers, and our staff– they support those who support us.

Below is a list of some opportunities we have available.

  • Exclusive Night Sponsorship
  • Co-night Sponsorship
  • Division Sponsorship
  • Caution Naming Rights
  • Restart Zone Naming Rights
  • 30 second PA Ads
  • Ticket Signage
  • Backstretch Signage
  • Grandstand Signage
  • Front Gate Table/Booth
  • Party Deck Rental
  • Enduro Sponsorship

For more information and details on what these include, please contact us at caleb.slouha@hawkeyedowns.org.

Thank you, let’s go racing! You know..once we thaw out 🙂

‘Twas The Night Before Raceday

A fun holiday story written with help from some race fans!

‘Twas the night before raceday, and all through Hawkeye Downs,

Not a HydroFlask was stirring, nor even a panther

The roll cages were hung by the chimney with care,

in hopes that Danica Patrick soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds,

while visions of checkered flags danced in their heads.

And Mama in her ‘kerchief, and I in my cap,

had just settled our rumps for a long winter’s nap. 

When out on the roof there arose such a clatter,

I sprang from my crib to see what was the matter.

Away to the window I flew like a flash,

tore open the shutter and threw up the sash.

The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow

gave the lustre of midday to objects below,

when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,

but a miniature Pontiac and eight tiny beers

With a little old driver, so lively and quick,

I knew in a moment it must be Casey Mears.

More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came,

and he whistled and shouted and called them by name:

“Now Mike McDonald! Now Braxton Franks!

Now, Drew Nickell and Jacob Tiegen!

On, Scott Siems! On, Jason Doyle!

On, Stacy Olson and Griffin McGrath!

To the top of the porch!

To the top of the wall!

Now dash away! Dash away!

Dash away all!”

As dirty leaves that before the wild hurricane fly,

when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky

so up to the door knob the coursers they flew,

with the car full of toys, and Neil Bonnet too.

And then, in a twinkling, I galloped on the roof

the prancing and pawing of each little hoof.

As I drew in my head and was turning around,

down the chimney Mark Ironside came with a bound.

He was dressed all in plastic bags, from his head to his foot,

and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot.

A bundle of giraffes he had flung on his back,

and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.

His eyes–how they twinkled! His dimples, how merry!

His cheeks were like roses, his toes like a cherry!

His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,

and the spark plugs on his chin was as white as the snow.

The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,

and the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath.

He had a pink face and a little round belly,

that shook when he laughed, like a bowl full of jelly.

He was smelly and plump, a right jolly old elf,

and I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.

A wink of his eye and a twist of his head

soon gave me to know I had nothing to dread.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,

and filled all the tires, then turned with a jerk.

And laying his finger aside of his nose,

and giving a nod, up the chimney he rose.

He sprang to his number 16 Chrysler sponsored by AutoCrafters , to his team gave a whistle,

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.

But I heard him exclaim, ‘ere he drove out of sight,

“Happy Raceday to all, and to all a good night!”

Trade Show Productions Highlight January

To ring in the New Year, Trade Show Productions will be celebrating by bringing great deals to the people!

Gun Shows can be found filling up both sides of our Expo Hall (35,000 sq feet) several times throughout the year. Vendors sell firearms, knives, accessories, collectibles, and more.

On January 3rd-5th, our Expo will open for the first time of the decade with the Gun Show kicking off.

Throughout the weekend at times that are convenient for the audience. Stop in anytime during the show hours to check them out. Adult admission is $8 and under age 12 is $1.

If this show is too close to the holidays, do not fear! The Gun Show returns at the end of January with the same great event. That show is scheduled for January 31st – February 2nd.

For more information about Trade Show Productions, please visit their website: http://www.gunshowtsp.com/