The Iowa Barnstormers have kicked off the 2015 season and we were fortunate to be invited and provided tickets to attend Family Night, Saturday evening. The Barnstormers have created a special event specifically for kids and families, which is quickly becoming a fan favorite. Mascots from around Des Moines posed for pictures, tattoo stations gave out FREE tattoos and it was $1 Hot Dog Night. We all had a great time and look forward to next year’s event!
With several home games left in the season, here are a few tips to have a fun family outing at an Iowa Barnstormers game.
Know Before You Go
The Iowa Barnstormers play downtown at Wells Fargo Arena (The Well!), 833 5th Avenue, Des Moines. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to get there, so you are not rushed. Visit the Iowa Barnstormers’ website or call (515) 633-2255 for game time, tickets, special promotions or if you need additional information.
Tickets for all Wells Fargo Arena events are available at http://www.iowaeventscenter.com/. Tickets are also available at the Wells Fargo Arena box office. Children under two may not require a ticket, but will be required to sit on the lap of a paying customer. Make sure to double check the ticket requirement when purchasing.
- May 16 Iowa vs. Cedar Rapids Titans 7:05pm
- May 30 Iowa vs. Wichita Falls Nighthawks 7:05pm
- June 6 Iowa vs. Bemidji Axemen 7:05pm
- June 20 Iowa vs. Green Bay Blizzard 7:05pm
Surface parking costs $7.00 and attendants accept cash ONLY. There are also several metered street parking spaces surrounding the Iowa Events Center and parking garages are located a couple of blocks away. Be prepared for a hike, there can be a lot of walking between the car, arena, and your seat.
Outside food and beverages, including water, are not permitted in Wells Fargo Arena. The arena offers a wide variety of food and beverages for purchase at all concession and restaurant locations.
During the Game
Taking kids to a sporting event, or any event, has its challenges. Arena Football is a fast paced, high scoring game, which will keep the kids’ interest. They also keep the crowd involved and entertained with fun events at the quarter and half-time breaks. Our tickets were close to the field, which was good to get an up close view of the action on the field. However, a lot of fans ring cowbells at the game. Add in the loud speaker and pulsating music and it can get really loud. If you have a kiddo that is sensitive to loud noises, you will want to sit back a ways from the field.
Also, like most sporting events, fans can get very passionate about their team. Unfortunately, the Barnstormers were not having a great night. At one point my son turned to me and said, wow those people sure do curse a lot! Yes they do son, yes they do. So just be prepared. Keep in mind that you are providing your kids with the opportunity to cheer on a hometown team, learn about traditions, and create lasting memories of watching sports in Des Moines.
What are your tips for a family fun outing at an Iowa Barnstormers game? Let us know below.