The Iowa Wild is the proud American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and part of the Minnesota Sports and Entertainment (MSE) family of businesses.
Iowa typically ranks among the top teams in the AHL for ticket and corporate sales. The team averages just over 6,000 fans per game at Wells Fargo Arena and continues to grow the sport of hockey in central Iowa.
In just a few seasons, the Iowa Wild has helped develop numerous careers in the sports industry. After spending time in Iowa, several employees have catapulted to the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, Florida Panthers and New York Islanders, the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, the MLS’ Sporting KC, as well as MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals.
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The Iowa Wild plays its home games at Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The team began play in fall of 2013 and has since racked up numerous AHL Awards for excellence. Iowa has twice been named the corporate sales team of the year (2016 and 2017), as well as earning an award for Digital Media Excellence in the summer of 2017 at the AHL’s annual marketing meetings. In the summer of 2015, the club garnered the league’s award for Best Fan Experience.
The award-winning club has excelled in numerous ways off the ice, from setting the state’s all-time attendance mark for a professional hockey game to embedding itself into the central Iowa community with multiple local initiatives. The Wild has partnered with numerous local businesses to provide equipment for floor hockey programs in schools, as well as its Wild About Reading program for local students in a partnership with Hy-Vee.
In 2016, the team partnered with Wells Fargo to install the first outdoor rink in the greater Des Moines area out at Raccoon River Park in West Des Moines. In 2017, the two announced an expansion with two additional rinks in Waukee and Ankeny.