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    So - I'll be hitting up Des Moines next Friday-Sunday.

    Anyone know anything about getting around there/ parking / eating?

    I'm staying down town - do I need a rental car to get to Drake - or are there shuttles/ Ubers to get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BCBaroo View Post
    So - I'll be hitting up Des Moines next Friday-Sunday.

    Anyone know anything about getting around there/ parking / eating?

    I'm staying down town - do I need a rental car to get to Drake - or are there shuttles/ Ubers to get there.

    Move this thread wherever if it's not appropriate here. Thanks
    I believe that Drake is about 2-3 miles from downtown Des Moines. Perhaps Uber/Lyft might be the best options.
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    I rented a car there last year and will probably do the same again this year, but Uber might be a good choice. I've never done Uber at a stadium after a game. I don't know if capacity/price/logistics might be issues with thousands of people getting out of a stadium at the same time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    I don't know if capacity/price/logistics might be issues with thousands of people getting out of a stadium at the same time.
    Not directly related, but I wonder what the attendance will actually be like this year?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tandfman View Post
    I rented a car there last year and will probably do the same again this year, but Uber might be a good choice. I've never done Uber at a stadium after a game. I don't know if capacity/price/logistics might be issues with thousands of people getting out of a stadium at the same time.
    It is not like a football game, where everyone streams out at once. There will be a rush when the last event is over, but I bet a ride share would be doable. Or walk somewhere nearby to eat and then head back. Or hang out with track friends awhile first
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    I believe there is actually a decent bus system there (DART) that gets you from downtown to the university fairly quickly.

    Try https://www.ridedart.com/mydart/trip-planner
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    Excessive heat warning in effect through this weekend, but temps forecast in mid-to-high 80s for 25-28, thunderstorm only mentioned for Sunday. Of course, this could change quickly.
    Cheers,
    Alan Shank
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    Quote Originally Posted by polevaultpower View Post
    . . . Or walk somewhere nearby to eat and then head back.
    I don't recall there being anyplace nearby to eat. But I can't really say that I've looked. I generally head right back to my hotel and eat somewhere nearby. This year, I'll probably grab something to eat at the stadium on Thursday--the meet ends very late. But post-meet dinner downtown seems doable on the other days.
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    Jethro's BBQ is roughly one lap away from the track
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    Jethro's is legendary, but the stadium is basically in a residential neighborhood and for a collection of restaurants I think you need to head downtown.

    ps--Des Moines is a very good restaurant destination. I've had many fabulous meals there.
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