2019 Ultimate Fan Guide
A reference for fans regarding what Hawkeye Downs Speedway & Expo has to offer, and more!
For more information on any of these topics, please contact us.
Alcohol: Beer options are provided at the track most nights from 6 pm until just before races end. We will not serve beer to anyone under the age of 21. Hawkeye Downs does have a 2-for-1 “happy hour” from 6-7 pm most Friday nights during the racing season. Proper ID will be required. Please note, no alcohol or tobacco is allowed in the “Family Area” located near turn one.
Concessions: Beginning in 2018, Hawkeye Downs took back their concessions and the fans loved it. This allows for lower prices, more specials, and deals on food during race nights and events. During racing, you can find the main concessions located underneath the grandstands.
Credit Cards: At this time, only cash is accepted for tickets or concessions. We do have an ATM Machine on-site located near main concessions under the grandstands.
Contact: For general inquiries, please email HDofficeManager@hawkeyedowns.org, send us a message on Facebook, or give us a call at 319-365-8656.
Emergencies: In case of a medical or other emergency, please immediately report to a person in a Hawkeye Downs Staff shirt, or a yellow uniformed security officer.
Events: Hawkeye Downs is a campus of 93 acres of including an expo hall, bingo hall, auction arena, speedway, and more. We provide a variety of entertainment and events year-round. Please check our calendar or contact us for up-to-date information about our events.
Expo Hall: Events of all sizes, indoor or outdoor can be accommodated here at Hawkeye Downs. The South Expo Hall is 15,000 sq. ft, and the North Expo Hall is 20,000 sq. ft. We are an excellent choice for weddings and events who have their own caterers. Parking is free! Contact us for more information, or to book an event.
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Family Section: Currently under construction the family deck will be located near turn one. Families will be able find an area where smoking, alcohol and tobacco are not permitted, and many family activities such as face painting can be found throughout the season.
Fan Conduct: Because we are a family facility that provides entertainment for all ages, during the races and at any events, we ask that fans/guests act appropriately. If disturbances are caused, parties may be asked to leave the premises if needed. Please report disturbances to the nearest event employee or uniformed security.
50/50: Raffle tickets will be sold most race nights through the night. The track will have a person selling tickets in the stands and pits. A final call for purchasing the tickets will be announced and the winning number called over the P.A. System. The winner should come to the announcer’s booth located on the west side.
First Aid: In case of a medical or other emergency, please immediately report to a person in a Hawkeye Downs Staff shirt, or a uniformed security officer.
Instagram: Our Instagram has behind-the-scenes of events and racing. Be sure to follow us there: HawkeyeDownsCR
Lil’ Racer Car Club: The Lil’ Racer Car Club provides different activities throughout the year for young race fans on and off the track. Sign up for the club can be found in the club building under the grandstands, and look for events kids can participate in throughout the year.
Location: Hawkeye Downs is located at 4400 6th St SW, Cedar Rapids, Iowa just North of Highway 30, and West of I-380. A detailed Google Map can be found at the bottom of this page.
Overnight Parking: Overnight parking is not allowed at the track without prior permission.
P.A. Announcements & Paging: Please let either the media manager know of any special announcements before events when possible, or nicely let the announcers know in a timely matter on the night of events.
Parking: Parking at Hawkeye Downs is free. Please use caution while maneuvering around the parking area.
Rest Rooms: Rest Rooms are located on either side of the back of the grandstands.
Smoking: Smoking is not allowed in the grandstands, and only is designated areas around the track.
Social Media: Hawkeye Downs understands that not everyone is able to participate in racing every night. However, our drivers, staff and participants strive to provide the fans with a great experience at the track. We ask that Facebook Live and other live streaming coverage not be used to broadcast the races, and reserve the right to remove any party we deem is participating in such coverage. Thank you for your cooperation.
Snapchat: You can add us on snapchat: hawkeyedownscr
Times: Most race nights the fan gates open at 6:00 pm, hot laps begin at 6:40pm, opening ceremonies begin at 7:25 pm, with racing after. Please check the schedule for special racing and event times.
Track: Hawkeye Downs Speedway has gone through many changes on its way to this, the 94th year of racing at the track. The track has both a banked ½ mile oval, as well as a ¼ mile oval.
Twitter: You can follow us on Twitter here:
VIP Seating: We have several opportunities for special seating during race season. Whether you want our VIP Party Deck, air-conditioned suites, or something else that will fit your needs, we can help you out. Please contact us at 319-365-8656 for more information.
*These are all subject to change at any time.