Iowa Wild Overview

Fast facts

League: American Hockey League

Head Coach: Brett McLean

Team Mascot: Crash

Year Opened: 2005

Capacity: 15181

City / State: Des Moines / Iowa

Rivalries & Top Games to Attend

Iowa Wild-Rockford IceHogs Rivalry

Rival Team: Rockford IceHogs

It’s always a big matchup when the Iowa Wild take on their Central Division rivals the Rockford IceHogs. The two club’s NHL affiliates the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks have an intense rivalry, and that rivalry carries over to the AHL. You’ll also see lots of Hawks fans in attendance when the IceHogs are in town, creating a fun atmosphere at every matchup between these two rivals.

Iowa Wild-Milwaukee Admirals Rivalry

Rival Team: Milwaukee Admirals

The Wild may be the Admirals’ newest rivals, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot of bad blood between these two Central Division rivals. The rivalry between the Admirals and Wild mirrors the rivalry between Wisconsin and Iowa, so you’ll want to be in attendance when the Iowa Wild take on the Milwaukee Admirals.

Iowa Wild Stadium Guide

In Game

Hockey fans will have a fantastic experience catching an Iowa Wild game at Wells Fargo Arena. Wells Fargo Arena features excellent sightlines, and a huge center hung video board, so no matter where you’re sitting, you’ll have a great view of all the action on the ice.

You’ll also meet lots of die-hard hockey fans when attending a game at Wells Fargo Arena. The fans here love the game and are more than happy to start up a conversation, so don’t hesitate to engage in conversation with the people around you.

Lastly, if you want to grab something to eat or drink before the game, you’ll be in luck as there are plenty of options near the arena. The Iowa Taproom is an excellent place to grab some local brews, and you’ll find a variety of different restaurants so no matter what you’re in the mood for you’ll find something to your liking.

An Iowa Wild game is an excellent opportunity to catch some live hockey in the Des Moines area, so get your tickets to a game today.

Things to check out

Memorial Hall

Stop by Memorial Hall and see documents, photos, and other exhibits dedicated to the Armed Forces. Memorial Hall is an excellent tribute to veterans from Iowa and is a can’t-miss when visiting Wells Fargo Arena.

Mug Club

Receive a commemorative mug along with your ticket to the game when joining the Mug Club. The Mug Club also includes a beer voucher, reduced beer prices, and a hot dog voucher, making it an excellent deal.

Bud Country Club

The Bud Country Club allows you to enjoy an Iowa Wild game at ice level and provides you with all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink menus. Take advantage of this opportunity to make the most out of your trip to an Iowa Wild game.


Keep an eye out for the Iowa Wild’s mascot Crash during the game. Crash gets into all kinds of shenanigans and is a fun part of any game, so give him a high-five if you see him on the concourse.

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Win the opportunity to sit on the Iowa Wild’s bench during warm-ups. Benchwarmers provides fans with an unforgettable experience, so submit your entry today.

Fight Songs

  1. Goal Horn and Goal Song

    “Crowd Chant” by Joe Satriani


Iowa Wild Bars & Restaurants

  1. American Outlaws Bar

    Beer tap

    American Outlaws is a Multi-Level Bar open 7 Days a week serving Americas favorite beers & cocktails!

    214 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  2. Up-Down

    Up Down

    Below-ground bar for retro 80s & 90s arcade games & weekly specials, with craft beer & cocktails.

    500 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  3. Royal Mile

    Royal Mile

    Beer, Scotch & British-style pub grub served in a casual space with a fireplace & soccer on TV.

    210 SW 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  4. Beer Can Alley


    At Beer Can Alley, we’re all about that small-town feel right here in the big city.

    216 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  5. Star Bar

    Star Bar

    Relaxed bar with patio seating & a globally inspired menu of small & large plates, plus sandwiches.

    2811 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  6. Hessen Haus


    Festive German beer hall featuring over 175 types of German & Euro brews plus global comfort eats.

    101 SW 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

    Bar website

    european - $$

  7. The High Life Lounge

    The High Life Lounge

    Offbeat homage to the Midwestern beer halls of the 1960s dishing up old-school comfort food.

    200 SW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  8. Buzzard Billy’s

    Buzzard Billys

    Roomy, laid-back eatery featuring food with Louisiana roots, TVs to catch the game & a deck.

    615 3rd St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  9. 801 Chophouse

    801 Chophouse

    White-cloth destination for steaks with all the trimmings plus seafood, wine & cocktails.

    801 Grand Ave #200, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

    Bar website

    steakhouse - $$

  10. Americana


    AMERICANA provides an exceptional dining experience in a fun and visually stimulating environment.

    1312 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  11. Alba Restaurant

    Alba Restaurant

    Colorful, upscale American restaurant & wine bar with reclaimed doors hanging from the ceiling.

    524 E 6th St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  12. RoCA

    beer burger Buddys Place

    Casually stylish brick-walled eatery serving New American entrees, small plates & craft cocktails.

    208 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

    Bar website

    american - $$

  13. The Old Spaghetti Works

    The Old Spaghetti Works

    Casual, bustling fixture in a former factory offering Italian-American staples & a full bar.

    310 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

    Bar website

    italian - $$

  14. Fong’s Pizza


    Funky mash-up of an old-school Polynesian cocktail lounge & a red-sauce Italian joint.

    223 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

    Bar website

    pizza - $

  15. Exile Brewing Company

    Exile Brewing Company

    Small craft brewery serving drafts in a casual beer hall & pub grub in its rustic restaurant.

    1514 Walnut St, Des Moines, IA 50309, USA

    Bar website

    american - $

  16. University Library Cafe

    The Library

    More than 40 beers on tap, plus a large selection of bottled and canned brew.

    3506 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311, USA


    Bar website

    american - $

  17. Z’Mariks Noodle Cafe

    ZMariks Noodle Cafe

    Fresh ingredients and endless possibilities!

    12655 University Ave, Clive, IA 50325, USA


    Bar website

    american - $