Des Moines Buccaneers
The Buccaneers are the defending Clark Cup Champions of the United States Hockey League. This league is the only Tier 1 junior hockey program in the United States and one of the premier developmental leagues in the world. The Buccaneers play all home games at 95KGGO Arena, October-April.
Des Moines Heat
The International Basketball League is a second year professional basketball league featuring two rules that reduce dead time: 1) one timeout per quarter 2) an immediate inbound. The result is an athletic game that is very fun to watch.
Des Moines Menace
The Menace is a member of the United Soccer Leagues based in Tampa, Fla. The team's season runs from May 1 through July 31. All home matches are played at Cara McFrane Stadium on the Hoover High School campus.
Basketball, Football, Soccer, and Volleyball
The men's and women's basketball teams play in the Missouri Valley Conference. Home games are played at the Knapp Center. The Drake Bulldog football team competes in the Pioneer Football League. Home games are played at Drake Stadium. The Drake Bulldog men's and women's soccer teams play home games in the Cownie Soccer Complex. The Drake women's volleyball team competes in the Missouri Valley Conference. Home games are played at the Knapp Center.
Drake Stadium not only serves as the home of the Bulldog football team, but also the Drake Relays, known as "America's Athletic Classic" - one of the most popular track and field venues in the world. The stadium is the focal point of the Drake campus each April when it hosts the prestigious Drake Relays.
The Iowa Barnstormers are an arena football team. Arena Football is a sport similar to American football. It is played indoors on a smaller field than American Football, resulting in a faster and higher-scoring game.
Team owner Schlegel Sports announced today the new name of Iowa's AHL hockey team, the "Iowa Chops". With announcements regarding new, lower ticket prices, a new president, and a new affiliate all occurring within weeks of each other this summer, representatives of Iowa's AHL hockey team decided the time was right to unveil the team's new name, logo and colors. The 'Chops' regular-season home opener is scheduled for Oct. 10 at Wells Fargo Arena.
Iowa Cubs Baseball
The Iowa Cubs, triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs, have called Des Moines home since 1969. The I-Cubs play home games from early April to early September. The Cubs joined the Pacific Coast League in 1998. Games are held at Principal Park.
The Iowa Energy are a team of the NBA Development League. They play their home games at the Wells Fargo Arena at Iowa Events Center. The Energy were the first minor-league basketball team to play in Des Moines for a full season since the Des Moines Dragons.
RAGBRAI®, The Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa®, is an annual seven-day bicycle ride across the state. Heading into its 35th year, RAGBRAI is the longest, largest and oldest touring bicycle ride in the world.