Are you ready for some fooootball!??!!!

April 15, 2008 —

Last night was a big night for Des Moines – our new arena football team debuted on home turf.
The Iowa Barnstormers play in the AF2 league. Last night was the team’s second game and second loss. But what a fun night!

I have to back up a bit for those of you not from Iowa…. From 1995 to 2000, the Iowa Barnstormers rocked the downtown arena. The much loved team even played in the Arenabowl in ’96 & ’97. Then, due to ownership issues, lease agreement, etc. ad nauseum, the team was sold and moved to New York. Big time bummer for those of us who dig the fast-paced, indoor game.

So, anyway, new ownership came into town with an AF2 team, hence this blog! 

We’ll see how they do. We’ll see if the fans accept the minor league version of their former favorite team. I was torn about going last night – once a diehard fan has been burned, the question is of course, ‘To go or not to go?’ But I called my little brother and off we went. Good decision. The beer was flowing, the tunes were rocking and we remembered how fun arenaball is. Having an Iowa team again is awesome.

Tickets start at $12 and they aren’t nosebleed-get-binoculars-type-seats. They’re great seats for a girls/guys night out, date night or a family event. It’s just one more option for fun in Des Moines – I love this town!


Courtney Tompkins has been part of the DMU marketing team since Nov. 2005 and loves promoting a school she believes in so thoroughly. Proud daughter and patient of DMU alumni, Courtney knows, first-hand, that Des Moines University is doing a world of good. A fan of all outdoor festivals, fruity drinks and nearly all edibles, she has a hard time narrowing down her list of favorite places to go and things to do but lists the Iowa State Fair as an all-time fave. She loves her 8-minute commute to DMU from Urbandale, a suburb of Des Moines. She and husband Tyler are owned by three large dogs, Tonka, Tucker and Tank.