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Iowa Barnstormers Tickets
League: Indoor Football League
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Venue: Wells Fargo Arena
Cheerleader Squad: Storm Chasers
Iowa Barnstormers TicketsThe Iowa Barnstormers was officially announced in 1994 as an expansion franchise for the Arena Football League — a faster, more high-scoring variant of the NFL. Led by quarterback Kurt Warner, Iowa was an early league powerhouse. It qualified for two straight ArenaBowls in 1996 and 1997 but lost both games to Tampa Bay and Arizona. In 2000, the franchise was sold to the NHL’s New York Islanders ownership group and became the New York Dragons. A new Barnstormers franchise continued on as an Arena Football developmental program for a single season before folding. This deprived Des Moines of an indoor football team for several seasons. However, with the completion of the Wells Fargo Arena, a group of investors revived the Barnstormers for the 2008 af2 season and later the AFL in 2010. After transitioning to the Indoor Football League, the Barnstormers won its first ever league title with a 42-38 victory over Sioux Falls in the 2018 United Bowl. Fans can purchase Iowa Barnstormers tickets at StubHub.
Who are some of the most notable players in Iowa Barnstormers history?Perhaps the best-known AFL player of all time is the Football Hall of Famer, NFL MVP and Super Bowl champion Kurt Warner. Between 1995 and 1997, the Northern Iowa graduate accumulated 10,465 yards, 183 touchdowns and 43 interceptions. His jersey is the only number to be retired by the Barnstormers. Besides Warner, many Barnstormer players have made the First Team All-Arena Team, including quarterbacks Aaron Garcia and Jason Simpson, wide receivers Carlos James and Marco Thomas, offensive specialist Mike Horacek, defensive specialist Kevin Kaesviharn and kicker Clay Rush.
What was the Iowa Barnstormers' record last season?During the 2019 regular season, the Iowa Barnstormers finished second in the entire league with a record of 12-2. However, the season ended with a 52-50 loss to IFL powerhouse Sioux Falls in the semifinals game. The Barnstormers held a 44-31 lead to start the fourth quarter, but the Storm came roaring back with two straight touchdowns. Quarterback Daquan Neal went 9-11 with 92 passing yards, rushed for an additional 84 rushing yards and scored four total touchdowns in the loss. Sioux Falls would go on to win yet another IFL championship in the United Bowl against the then-undefeated Arizona Rattlers.
What are some of the top Iowa Barnstormers games for the upcoming season?Iowa plays 14 games between March 14 and June 27, 2020. This includes seven home games against the Green Bay Blizzard on April 3, the Arizona Rattlers on April 11, the Bismarck Bucks on April 25, the Quad City Steamwheelers on May 9 and June 13, the Cedar Rapids River Kings on May 16 and the Sioux Falls Storm in the final game of the season. Eight teams participate in the IFL playoffs beginning on the weekend of July 4.
Who is the head coach of the Iowa Barnstormers?Ameer Ismail is the current head coach of the Barnstormers. Following a celebrated playing career at Western Michigan, during which he led the nation in sacks and set school and NCAA records, he bounced around the NFL, AFL and IFL for a while. After retiring in 2014, Ismail served as a defensive coordinator for several professional teams. He then became the head coach of the Bloomington Edge of the CIF in 2017. He also led the Massachusetts Pirates of the NAL in 2018 and won the league’s Coach of the Year Award.
What is the Wells Fargo Arena like?Wells Fargo Arena, where you can catch Iowa Barnstormers games, can hold up to 17,000 spectators at a time. It features 630 club seats, accessible seating and The Fort, a whiskey bar open to all ticket holders.
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