When Prairie Meadows began operations in 1989 as a non-profit organization, the goal was to promote economic development, jobs, agriculture, and tourism for the state of Iowa.
Business began with our inaugural season of live horseracing on March 1, 1989. Our organization grew with the addition of casino operations on April 1, 1995 followed by table game operations on December 15, 2004. The Meadows Events and Conference Center, AJ’s Steakhouse, and the Triple Crown Eatery came on board in early 2007, and our new, 168-room hotel opened in March 2012.
As a result of these vast entertainment options, Prairie Meadows has become a featured destination for 24-hour casino fun, live and simulcast horse racing, entertainment showcasing nationally and internationally acclaimed artists, and full-service banquet and dining amenities. Prairie Meadows also offers ample space to host large community events, business meetings, trade shows, and celebrations with friends and family.
Approximately 1,300 employees work at Prairie Meadows across 21 major departments, plus an additional 200 seasonal positions during the spring and summer months. Prairie Meadows offers a balanced employee benefits package for full-time employees and opportunities to participate in community events.
Through our status as a non-profit, Prairie Meadows has become a leader in our community, committed to improving the lives of all central Iowans through gaming taxes and charitable giving.
To date, Prairie Meadows has given more than $1.4 billion through taxes, grants and charitable donations to the state of Iowa. More than $500 million of that figure has remained right here in our community to promote economic development, agriculture, jobs, and tourism.