Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I get to Principal Park?
Principal Park is located at the confluence of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers in downtown Des Moines. For a map, click here. Our mailing address is:
One Line Drive
Des Moines IA 50309
Our main phone number is 515.243.6111.
Got a question about the state tournament? Send us a note.
FOR YOUR SAFETY
Q. What efforts are being made to keep fans safe at Principal Park during a global pandemic?
There are special safety measures in place due to the COVID-19 coronavirus. This .pdf outlines those procedures. Masks are suggested, but not required. The seating bowl has been adjusted to comply with social distancing guidelines.
NO SMOKING, PLEASE
Q. Is smoking permitted inside the stadium?
No. Fans must exit the stadium if they wish to smoke — and buy another ticket to re-enter the stadium. There are no "pass outs" for smokers during the high school tournament.
THAT'S THE TICKET
Q. How much are tickets to state tournament games?
Tickets are $12 for each game. (Children 3-and-under are admitted free if they sit on the lap of an adult.) Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, on-line. All seats are reserved. Tickets also may be purchased at the Principal Park box office with credit or debit cards. Parking in Principal Park lots is free, courtesy of the Iowa High School Athletic Association.
Click here for more information.
THE GATES ARE OPEN
Q. When do the gates open before each game?
The gates will open 45 minutes before the start of the first game each day. After that, they will open approximately 30-45 minutes before the start of the next game.
Q. Is handicapped seating available?
Handicapped seating is available throughout the stadium. Companion seats are also available. Contact a staff member for assistance.
Q. Can I download a .pdf map of downtown Des Moines?
Yes. Click here for a .pdf map of downtown Des Moines.
FOOD AND DRINK
Q. Can I bring food and drink into Principal Park?
Each fan may bring one sealed, unopened bottle of water into the stadium. For safety and security reasons, no other outside food or drink may be brought into the stadium. All persons entering the stadium are subject to search.
THIS AND THAT
Q. Which team is the home team? Which team gets which dugout?
Prior to 2014, a coin flip determined which team had the option of being the home team. Starting in 2014, the higher-seeded team has the option of being the home team. Teams on the top of the bracket will be in the first-base dugout.
Q. How are teams seeded for the tournament?
The coaches of the teams that qualified for the state tournament meet (virtually) following the substate finals. Each coach then seeds the teams from 1 through 8. Those rankings are compiled by the Iowa High School Athletic Association to produce the final seeds. This is done in each class.
GAME STORIES, BOX SCORES AND MORE
Q. Where can I find statistics from all state tournament games at Principal Park?
Game stories, box scores and play-by-play reports are available for all state tournament games at Principal Park here.
Q. What are the tentative dates for future state tournaments?
Here are the tentative dates for upcoming state tournaments:
2021 — July 23-31
2022 — July 22-30
WHERE TO STAY?
Q. We're coming to Des Moines for the tournament. Where's a good place to stay?
Des Moines has plenty of great places for an overnight stay. Check out the Catch Des Moines web site for details.
STATS, STATS, STATS
Q. Where can I find almost every stat and record in Iowa high school state baseball tournament history?
The Iowa High School Athletic Association has your answer. Check out the IHSAA Baseball Stat Archives.
Q. Where can I find highlight videos of previous state tournaments?
Thanks for asking. Right here.