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    Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    http://www.ufl-football.com/news/oma...xpansion-plans

    Omaha Influencing Expansion Plans

    ..The UFL may be banking on finding similar magic in other Midwest markets as the league continues its expansion. Commissioner Huyghue said Monday the league hopes to have eight teams ready for the 2011 season, three more than are presently playing. The Hampton Roads, Va., region has already been announced as the UFL's sixth franchise, and the addition of a team in Los Angeles has been strongly rumored.

    When the Nighthawks became an overnight sensation in Omaha, the league stepped back to examine whether other Midwest cities may embrace a franchise with similar frenzy.

    The commissioner specifically mentioned Des Moines, Iowa, and Wichita, Kan., as possible markets for future expansion. Both cities have metropolitan area populations slightly smaller than Omaha – each are between 550,000 and 600,000 residents - and both have existing facilities that could accommodate a UFL team. Wichita's Cessna Stadium holds just more than 31,000 fans while Des Moines has both Drake Stadium, home of the renowned Drake Relays, and Principal Park, a baseball stadium that is home to the Iowa Cubs, the Chicago Cubs' Triple-A affiliate...


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    Re: Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    Wouldn't hold your breath on this. The attendance for all these teams, minus Omaha, is very bad and the league is losing tons of money. I don't see the UFL lasting many more years.

    Would be cool though to see. I wonder where they would play?



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    Re: Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    It would have to be Principal Park.



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    Re: Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    Quote Originally Posted by Broodwich View Post
    Omaha Influencing Expansion Plans | UFL

    Omaha Influencing Expansion Plans

    ..The UFL may be banking on finding similar magic in other Midwest markets as the league continues its expansion. Commissioner Huyghue said Monday the league hopes to have eight teams ready for the 2011 season, three more than are presently playing. The Hampton Roads, Va., region has already been announced as the UFL's sixth franchise, and the addition of a team in Los Angeles has been strongly rumored.

    When the Nighthawks became an overnight sensation in Omaha, the league stepped back to examine whether other Midwest cities may embrace a franchise with similar frenzy.

    The commissioner specifically mentioned Des Moines, Iowa, and Wichita, Kan., as possible markets for future expansion. Both cities have metropolitan area populations slightly smaller than Omaha each are between 550,000 and 600,000 residents - and both have existing facilities that could accommodate a UFL team. Wichita's Cessna Stadium holds just more than 31,000 fans while Des Moines has both Drake Stadium, home of the renowned Drake Relays, and Principal Park, a baseball stadium that is home to the Iowa Cubs, the Chicago Cubs' Triple-A affiliate...
    No way Des Moines can support AFL and UFL


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    Re: Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    Quote Originally Posted by CycoCyclone View Post
    No way Des Moines can support AFL and UFL
    Does this mean I should stop hoping for a Des Moines XFL franchise as well?



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    Re: Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    Quote Originally Posted by CycoCyclone View Post
    No way Des Moines can support AFL and UFL
    You're probably correct, realistically.

    I don't live in Iowa anymore, but I grew up there, and I always liked the idea of pro teams in the state, even in fledgling leagues.

    AFL is probably a safer bet, because of the niche factor, and the volatility of "real" football competing in the shadow of the NFL and college football, but UFL is enticing, and at least for me, after the novelty of arena football waned, I don't pay any attention to it.


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    Re: Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    Quote Originally Posted by CycoCyclone View Post
    No way Des Moines can support AFL and UFL
    This. Any UFL team would be Star-Chopped out of the state after 2 years.



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    Re: Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    Quote Originally Posted by 3GenClone View Post
    This. Any UFL team would be Star-Chopped out of the state after 2 years.
    I'm not sure Des Moines can support a UFL and AFL team.
    I'm not sure Des Moines can support a Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.
    I'm not sure that Des Moines can support Dahl's and Hy-Vee.
    I'm not sure that Des Moines can support Burger King and McDonalds.



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    Re: Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    Quote Originally Posted by Broodwich View Post
    I'm not sure Des Moines can support a UFL and AFL team.
    I'm not sure Des Moines can support a Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.
    I'm not sure that Des Moines can support Dahl's and Hy-Vee.
    I'm not sure that Des Moines can support Burger King and McDonalds.
    I see what you did there...........


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    Re: Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    why would people go see another minor league football league..yet we cannot grow our support beyond 42k? What is wrong with people? Is beer served at this gimmick leagues that much more of an attractive hook > seeing Big 12 football?

    Not sure if I am on the right track here or not. Maybe I am wrong.


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    Re: Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    boring... let me know when they bring in a lingerie football league team



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    Re: Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    Quote Originally Posted by Palmer View Post
    why would people go see another minor league football league..yet we cannot grow our support beyond 42k? What is wrong with people? Is beer served at this gimmick leagues that much more of an attractive hook > seeing Big 12 football?

    Not sure if I am on the right track here or not. Maybe I am wrong.
    Some UFL tickets are ten bucks. Cheap.


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    Re: Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    Quote Originally Posted by Wesley View Post
    Some UFL tickets are ten bucks. Cheap.
    Yeah and it would be only something like 4 homes games.

    Enjoing a little tailgating beforehand, watching a some football with a group of buddies while enjoying a few beers. Walking down to Court Avenue afterwards.

    Yeah...I can see some appeal for some.


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    Re: Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    Omaha promoted their team and has a market for a limited schedule of home games. The league was careful not to schedule against NFL or Big XII home games. I don't know about the other cities, or how long it'll last.



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    Re: Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

    UFL would never fly in Des Moines, high school football is way tooooooooo big here. Matt & Miller on the drive home yesterday mentioned playing games at either Drake or Sec Taylor Stadium. Okay, lets use Drake Stadium as a potential home stadium for a Des Moines UFL team. The UFL team would have to schedule around both high school games and Drake games. Is it possible to make it happen? Sure it is, but I think the average joe six pack in Central Iowa would choose high school football over a UFL team, regardless of who is in the roster.

    The UFL works in Omaha because 1- high school football isn't nearly as big as what it's here and 2 you only have to schedule around 1 college football team and the only time the Nighthawks and the Huskers go head to head was last Saturday and the Nighthawks were on the road. How is a Des Moines UFL team going to schedule around not one, but two major college football programs?



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