Season Opener Postponed Two Weeks

Hawkeye Downs, Iowa’s only full-time asphalt race track announced today that it is delaying its
racing season by two weeks. Opening day for racing will now be May 18th, instead of May 4th.


“We have a lot of new and exciting things to offer our racers and fans this year. But,
Mother Nature is making it hard for us to get everything up and running. We need a bit more
time to be fully prepared,” said Ann Poe, Executive Director at Hawkeye Downs.


This year the unseasonable cold weather has made it difficult to finish projects, which
will enhance the fan and racing experiences. Among the changes are improvements to
concessions, a new timing and scoring system, and upgrades in the pit area.


Guests have been asking for more food options, so Hawkeye Downs has brought in a
culinary professional from Kirkwood’s Culinary Arts Program. This new manager is putting on
the final touches to upgrade the offerings in the grandstand concessions.


Hawkeye Downs has also invested in a new timing and scoring system. This system will
make it easier for drivers, fans, and staff to track times and scores. Fans can also download an
app—new to Hawkeye Downs—called MyRacePass. This app will give fans and racers easy
access to results and points throughout the season. Race Director, Kevin Korsmo, said, “We need
less snow and a bit more time to test drive this system. We appreciate your patience as we get it


Racers can also look forward to upgraded pit areas. Once the weather warms, new asphalt
will be laid in some areas to improve the surface for drivers and crews. The delay in the season
means more preparation time and practice time for drivers. Weather permitting, Hawkeye Downs
hopes to have its first open practice Wednesday, April 25th.


The season opener, now scheduled for May 18th, will include an autograph session with
the drivers. The Media Day & Car Show will take place May 12th.

Changes to Bingo Concession Prices

As Hawkeye Downs Management continues to work to improve the experience at all of our activities on campus, we are announcing new prices to our bingo concessions! We know that our bingo players are used to prices going up, but heading into 2018, we are happy to say many of our prices will be going down!


We understand that in previous, our prices can make or break a persons decision to come play with us, and we appreciate all of our players. Because of this, instead of raising our prices, many will be coming down. The price board above concessions will reflect this immediately. The board has also been revised as we look into improving our menu more.


Below is a look at our new prices:
Hamburger $3.25 (was $4)
Cheeseburger $3.75 (was $4.25)
Hot Dog $3.75
Chili Dog $4.25
Chicken Strips $5.00
Nachos $3.25 (was $3.50)
Nacho Supreme $4.50 (was $4.75)
Chili $3.50
Soup $3.50
Popcorn $0.75 (was $1.00)
French Fries $2.50
Chili Cheese Fries $4.25
Cheese Sticks $4.50
Tenderloin $4.00 (was $5.00)
Brat $4.25
Chips $1.30 (was $1.35)
Candy $1.35
Breaded Cauliflower $2.50 (was $5.00)
Breaded Mushrooms $2.50 (was $5.00)
Cookies $0.75
Jalapeno Poppers $2.75 (was $5.00)
Ice $0.25
Pop $2.25
Ice Tea $2.25
Coffee/Hot Cocoa $1.50
Water $1.50 (was $2.00)
Beer $4.50

Be on the lookout for different deals and specials each week, along with wonderful new menu items and limited time offers!
Thanks again to all of our bingo guests for your patience as we improve your experience.

New Years Eve Bingo 2017

The holiday season has arrived! This is a wonderful time to get together and spend time with our family, something we here at Hawkeye Downs firmly believe in.


Bingo Monday, Thursday and Saturdays.

While we understand that many players like to attend bingo on New Years Eve, the management has decided not to host bingo this year in order to allow our players and staff the ability to be with their families during this time.


Bingo will be played at the regular days and times during that week, Thursday (28th), Friday (29th), and Saturday (30th). Our staff looks forward to seeing you on this week in between Christmas and New Years. Hawkeye Downs appreciates your patronage and understanding with your decision.

No Bingo Thursday, Dec 7th

Hawkeye Downs regrets that Bingo for Thursday night this week, December 7, 2017, must be cancelled due to the need for ITC to interrupt our power during the day. ITC & Alliant are working on power lines in the area for another customer and it is necessary for them to shut down power to our Hawkeye Downs campus for most of the day.


Due to the cold temperatures expected, Hawkeye Downs Bingo Hall will not have sufficient time to ensure that the building is heated to a comfortable temperature before Bingo opens; therefore, we must cancel Bingo on Thursday night of this week.


We apologize for any inconvenience that this power interruption by ITC causes. Bingo will resume on Friday, the next day, November 8, 2017. Doors open at 4pm. Bingo starts at 6:30pm.