Iowa Wild Announce Schedule


Des Moines, IA – The Iowa Wild, in conjunction with the American Hockey League, on Wednesday announced the club’s 2014-15 regular season schedule.  

The 76-game regular season includes 38 home and 38 away games. Iowa begins the season on Friday, Oct. 10 at San Antonio by helping the Rampage open its season with a 7:30 p.m. faceoff at AT&T Center.  The Wild finish the two-game road trip in Cedar Park, TX. The defending Calder Cup Champion Texas Stars will raise its banner at Cedar Park Center with at 7 p.m. game on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Iowa will host its first home game at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday, Oct. 17 with a 7 p.m. faceoff against the Milwaukee Admirals. The first 5,000 fans to Opening Night will receive an Iowa Wild magnetic schedule, presented by Hicklin Garage Doors. Iowa celebrates Opening Weekend through Saturday, Oct. 18 - a 7 p.m. rematch with the Admirals. The former division rivals met ten times in 2013-14. The Wild continue a four-game homestand on Friday, Oct. 24 and Saturday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. against the Charlotte Checkers.

With AHL realignment over the summer, the Iowa Wild will play its new West division rivals a total of 32 games (eight times each). The Wild will host four games and play four road games against Texas, San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Charlotte. In 2013-14 the Stars, Rampage, Barons and Checkers accounted for a total of 20 games.

Iowa will continue to see its geographical rivals and former division foes a total of eight times apiece. Iowa will host Milwaukee, Chicago and Rockford each four times. The Wild also visits the Admirals, Wolves and IceHogs a total of four times. Former division rival, Grand Rapids will host Iowa for a pair of games, as well as stop at Wells Fargo Arena twice during the 2014-15 campaign.

The schedule features the Iowa Wild’s first-ever School Field Trip Day Game on Thursday, Nov. 6th at 10:30 a.m. when the team welcomes the Rockford IceHogs to town. The team will also host two Saturday matinee games that begin at 12:30 p.m. Iowa hosts an early start time with Hamilton on Saturday, Jan. 31 and on Saturday, Mar. 28 against San Antonio.

The Lake Erie Monsters and Hamilton Bulldogs will be making multiple appearances in Des Moines this season. The Monsters, who moved to the Midwest Division, visit the Wild on Jan. 17 and Jan. 18.  The North-division Bulldogs will play a pair of games at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday, Jan 30 and again on Jan 31. Iowa plays two games at both Lake Erie (Cleveland) and Hamilton.  

The remaining North Division teams: Toronto, Utica and Rochester, will see the Wild for a pair of games during the 2014-15 season, with each team hosting one game and visiting Iowa for another.

The team’s longest homestand of the season is six games from Mar. 15- Mar. 29. Over the stretch, the Wild sees Rockford, Charlotte (2x), Texas and San Antonio (2x). Iowa plays 11 of its final 15 regular season games at Wells Fargo Arena.

The team sees its longest road trip begin in late November and end in early December. The Wild will play five road games from Nov. 26 – Dec. 8, with trips to Rockford, Texas, San Antonio and Charlotte (2x). Iowa’s toughest road stretch falls from Nov. 12 - Dec. 8, where the team plays eight out of 11 games away from home.

The Iowa Wild will release a full promotional schedule in the upcoming week. Individual tickets for all 38 home games will go on sale at a later date. For more information on tickets, including ticket plans and group seating, please contact the Wild ticket office by calling 515-564-8700 or go to


Iowa Barnstormers Announce New Head Coach and New League

Des Moines- The Iowa Barnstormers are proud to announce their partnership with the Indoor Football League and the signing of Head Coach Joe Brannen to a 2-year contract, the franchise announced Wednesday.

President Jeff Lamberti has announced that the Iowa Barnstormers franchise will compete as part of the Indoor Football League (IFL) for the 2015 season under the supervision of former Barnstormers quarterback Joe Brannen.

"We are excited to bring the Barnstormers to the IFL," said Lamberti.  "The chance to sign more local players, see more fans at road games, and create friendly rivalries with other teams of the Midwest are just a few of the opportunities that we look forward to."

With half of the IFL teams residing in Midwest cities, the Iowa Barnstormers will compete against teams such as the Green Bay Blizzard, Sioux Falls Storm, and Cedar Rapids Titans.

Lamberti notes that the economic aspects and business model of the IFL will be fitting for a team of the Des Moines market.

"The IFL provides the elements necessary to keep the fun, hard-hitting game of professional indoor football in Des Moines," continued Lamberti.  "Our goal is to keep the Barnstormers right here in Des Moines for years to come."

Coach Brannen joins the Iowa Barnstormers with professional football experience, both as a coach and player.  The Coe College letter-winner made his professional football debut as quarterback for the Iowa Barnstormers in 2008 and has since led the San Angelo Bandits of the Lone Star Football League to championship victory after being brought on as the team’s head coach.  The Iowa native will assist year-round in several departments of the Barnstormers franchise.

The IFL was founded in 2008 as the result of a merger between two existing leagues, the Intense Football League and United Indoor Football Association.  With the addition of the Iowa Barnstormers, the IFL will include twelve professional football teams in 2015.

The Indoor Football League continuously strives “to consistently serve our Guest (Ticket Holders), Partners (Sponsors), and our Homes (Team Cities) with the highest level of professional indoor football, and to do so with integrity, affordability, and passion, both on the field and around the communities which we play.”

For more information about the Iowa Barnstormers, log onto or call the Barnstormers Front Office at 515-633-2255

Written by: Bri Funte

Kiss/ Def Leppard
August 20, 2014
Wells Fargo Arena
Over 11,000 in attendance

We all felt it in our blood and rock and rolled all night!

Paul Stanley said it “August 20 will be a night that you will never forget!”and we agree!

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Brantley Gilbert
Let it Ride Tour

Featuring Aaron Lewis
Special Guest Chase Bryant and Brian Davis

Continuing to build on an already stellar year, BRANTLEY GILBERT strikes another career high-mark with the GOLD-certification of  JUST AS I AM (The Valory Music Co.). His third studio album, which debuted at #1 on Billboard Country Albums Chart, also scored the third highest album debut of the year with over 212,000 copies sold in the first week. Brantley’s latest project has already produced the Platinum-certified, #1 lead single “Bottoms Up,” whose music video has seen over 23 million views. Quickly climbing the Country airplay charts, the Top 20-and-rising follow-up, “Small Town Throwdown,” features labelmates JUSTIN MOORE and THOMAS RHETT.
Earlier this week, Brantley and his sidekick Sylo revealed dates and opening acts for the second leg of his LET IT RIDE TOUR through a special video to the BG Nation. The announcement also included footage from the first part of the tour, showing fired-up performances from the multiple sold-out shows last spring. This round is set to kick off on September 19 in Austin, TX.  Aaron Lewis as direct support 9/19 through 10/25 and Tyler Farr as direct support 10/30 through 12/6. Chase Bryant will be opening all dates.

The Georgia native has racked up five #1 singles, impressive album sales, multiple award show nominations from the CMA, ACM, ACA & CMT Music Awards and was named 2013 ACM Awards New Male Artist of the Year. Brantley’s previous project, the PLATINUM-certified HALFWAY TO HEAVEN DELUXE, produced Platinum-certified #1 hit – “Country Must Be Country Wide” and Gold-certified #1 hit “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.” As a celebrated songwriter, he has also penned #1 songs “My Kinda Party,” “Dirt Road Anthem” for Jason Aldean as well as his own “Country Must Be Country Wide” and “You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.”