About Us

Prairie Meadows began operations as a non-profit organization in 1989 with the goal of promoting economic development, jobs, agriculture, and tourism for the state of Iowa.

As a non-profit organization, our gaming taxes and charitable contributions have helped improve the lives of those in our Central Iowa community. To date, Prairie Meadows has given more than $1.6 billion through taxes, grants, and charitable donations to the state of Iowa, with more than $690 million of that figure remaining in Polk County.

Our outstanding entertainment offerings have made Prairie Meadows a featured destination for 24-hour casino action, live and simulcast horse racing, big-name entertainment, local and regional acts, and full-service dining amenities. Additionally, Prairie Meadows Hotel provides our guests with a convenient, comfortable place to stay. Our facilities are also ideal for hosting large community events, weddings, business meetings, trade shows, and celebrations with friends and family.

Prairie Meadows employs nearly 1,300 people across 21 departments with an additional 200 seasonal positions during the spring and summer months. Our full-time employees enjoy a balanced employee benefits package and opportunities to participate in community events.

Prairie Meadows looks forward to our continued growth and future community contributions.

Our History

Our inaugural season of live horse racing kicked off on March 1, 1989. Six years later, we added our casino operations. In 2004, we expanded to include table games before welcoming The Meadows Events and Conference Center, AJ’s Steakhouse, and the Triple Crown Buffet in early 2007. Prairie Meadows most recent development, our 168-room hotel, opened in March of 2012 to rave reviews.