The Iowa Energy kicked off their 2015-16 season, Saturday night. If you’re not familiar with the Energy they are a minor league basketball team in the NBA D-League. They are an affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies. My daughter was invited to sing the National Anthem with the Heartland Youth Choir before the game, so the rest of the fam tagged along and enjoyed an evening of basketball. With 22 home games left, here are a few tips to have a fun family outing at an Iowa Energy game this season.
Know Before You Go
The Iowa Energy 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 Energy’s website or call (515) 564-8550 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.
Home Game Schedule
- December 9th vs. Canton Charge at 6:00 pm
- December 18th vs. Oklahoma City Blue at 7:00 pm
- December 23rd vs. Reno Big Horns at 7:00 pm
- December 26th vs. Maine Red Claws at 7:00 pm
- December 28th vs. Maine Red Claws at 7:00 pm
- January 12th vs. Westchester Knicks at 7:00 pm
- January 14th vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce at 7:00 pm
- January 15th vs. Grand Rapids Drive at 7:00 pm
- January 18th vs. Raptors 905 at 7:00 pm
- January 23rd vs. Delaware 78ers at 7:00 pm
- January 30th vs. Canton Charge at 7:00 pm
- February 6th vs. Canton Charge at 7:00 pm
- February 9th vs. Westchester Knicks at 10:30 am
- February 23rd vs. Raptors 905 at 7:00 pm
- February 25th vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce at 7:00 pm
- March 6th vs. Delaware 78ers at 7:00 pm
- March 21st vs. Erie Bayhawks at 7:00 pm
- March 24th vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 7:00 pm
- March 26th vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 7:00 pm
- March 31st vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce at 7:00 pm
- April 2nd vs. Erie Bayhawks at 7:00 pm
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.
While You’re There
We arrived at the Well just as the doors opened, and each of us received a FREE Rally Towel as we entered the arena. We dropped Sis off with her choir buddies and then made our way down the stairs and found our seats for the evening. The Iowa Energy have several fun promotions in store for the season. Be sure to check out what they have planned on the night you’ll be attending.
We arrived early, but there was plenty to keep us entertained pre-game. There was a Des Moines Parks and Recreation youth basketball scrimmage and various antics by the announcer and mascot were interwoven with the players’ warm-ups. Before we knew it, it was time for the national anthem and the beginning of the game.
We had never been to an Iowa Energy game and we were delighted by how entertaining the game was. It was fun to watch all of the things going on during the time-outs and other breaks – the High Voltage Dance Team routines, the three point contest, the slam dunk acrobats and the Central College Dance Team, kept us entertained when there was a break in the game action. All of it was family-friendly and fun for both parents and kids.
Then, of course, there was the game itself. It was a fun game to watch and was a real barn burner with the Energy winning 85 to 83 over the Grand Rapids Drive. The crowd cheering, towel twirling, the music and clapping, watching the shots go in–all of these were exciting and kept the kids involved in the game.
Single game tickets start at $8.00. You can also purchase a Domino’s Meal deal at Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday games. For $20.00 you receive two Energy game tickets, a large one-topping pizza and a two-liter of Coke. That’s not a bad price for a game and some food.
Kids (ages 4-14) can join the Energy Kids Club for $10.00. They will receive: tickets to four Kids Club games, an official Kids Club T-shirt, Kids Club drawstring backpack, an Energy VIP Pass and can participate in the VIP Badge Challenge. The Iowa Energy also hosts birthday parties.
All in all, attending an Iowa Energy Basketball game was a fun family outing, perfect for beating the winter blahs!
What are your tips for a family fun outing at an Iowa Energy basketball game? Let us know below.