Des Moines target for UFL expansion team

Discussion in 'Pro Sports' started by Broodwich, Oct 21, 2010.

  1. Broodwich

    Broodwich Well-Known Member

    Nov 22, 2006
    2,044
    152
    63
    Web Developer
    42.186391, -93.598597
    #1 Broodwich, Oct 21, 2010
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2010
    http://www.ufl-football.com/news/omaha-influencing-expansion-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...
     
  2. Tank

    Tank Well-Known Member

    Sep 13, 2008
    2,295
    92
    48
    Pilot
    Niceville, FL
    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?
     
  3. d4nim4l

    d4nim4l Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2008
    4,812
    162
    63
    Analyst
    West Des Moines, IA
    It would have to be Principal Park.
     
  4. CycoCyclone

    CycoCyclone Well-Known Member

    Apr 6, 2009
    5,032
    132
    63
    Male
    Business Analyst
    Urbandale
    No way Des Moines can support AFL and UFL:no:
     
  5. RayShimley

    RayShimley Well-Known Member

    Sep 9, 2008
    6,265
    237
    63
    Post-doc Fellow
    Stillwater, MN
    Does this mean I should stop hoping for a Des Moines XFL franchise as well?
     
  6. cyclones500

    cyclones500 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 2010
    13,570
    196
    63
    Male
    writer/editor
    Michigan
    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.
     
  7. 3GenClone

    3GenClone Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    2,960
    181
    63
    Male
    A/V Support Specialist
    Windsor Heights
    This. Any UFL team would be Star-Chopped out of the state after 2 years.
     
  8. Broodwich

    Broodwich Well-Known Member

    Nov 22, 2006
    2,044
    152
    63
    Web Developer
    42.186391, -93.598597
    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.
     
  9. joefrog

    joefrog Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2008
    6,621
    418
    83
    Marketing
    Clive, Iowa
    I see what you did there...........
     
    • Like Like x 1
  10. Palmer

    Palmer Well-Known Member

    Jun 10, 2008
    7,943
    457
    83
    Male
    Education
    Johnston, IA
    #10 Palmer, Oct 21, 2010
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2010
    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.
     
  11. JY07

    JY07 Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2009
    1,439
    92
    48
    DSM
    boring... let me know when they bring in a lingerie football league team
     
  12. Wesley

    Wesley Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    70,964
    542
    113
    Envr Engr/Program Manager
    Omaha
    Some UFL tickets are ten bucks. Cheap.
     
  13. capitalcityguy

    capitalcityguy Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2007
    6,380
    172
    63
    Male
    Des Moines
    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.
     
  14. InCytful

    InCytful Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2010
    1,228
    28
    48
    Omaha, NE
    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.
     
  15. garn91

    garn91 Well-Known Member

    Jun 1, 2006
    2,167
    41
    48
    Ankeny
    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?
     
  16. drmwevr08

    drmwevr08 Well-Known Member

    Nov 25, 2006
    3,684
    79
    48
    City Planner
    Omaha, NE
    I doubt that the team in Omaha will even sustain the interest long term.
    A) it was new
    B) it was in a soon to be demolished Rosenblatt (people want to get in a couple more times)
    C) There was GREAT weather for the first two homegames which didnt hurt either

    Next year might hold on while people enjoy the new stadium but year 3 and 4 I would bet to be much less, if the league lasts!
     
  17. CyJack13

    CyJack13 Well-Known Member

    May 21, 2010
    8,985
    116
    63
    I'm not sure whether a UFL team would succeed in DSM or not but I find it hard to believe that high school football in Omaha isn't just as popular as high school football in DSM. Also, I don't think they would really be competing with HS football, unless you know someone playing in the game, you aren't just going to go to some random HS game.
     
  18. tube1

    tube1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    2,089
    83
    48
    How about having UFL play in Ames? We could have ISU/UFL team double-headers at the Jack. Fans buy one ticket and see two games. The extra revenue from the UFL fans would be awesome. We would have to bowl in the stadium due to the increase in ticket sales right away. Win-win. Sell beer for the UFL portion and many ISU fans would make sure to stay.

    To JP and the UFL - youre welcome.
     
  19. Wesley

    Wesley Well-Known Member

    Apr 12, 2006
    70,964
    542
    113
    Envr Engr/Program Manager
    Omaha
    Too much drinking.


    For the record, Omaha qb is Jeff Garcia and Ahmad Green is the running back.
     
  20. tube1

    tube1 Well-Known Member

    Oct 19, 2006
    2,089
    83
    48
    Huh? We are the tailgate capitol of the world. Many people want beer in the stadium and this would be a way to introduce it. Maybe not for the ISU part of the double header, but for the UFL part. Would keep folks from leaving early as well knowing that a pro game was on deck.

    JP - anytimme man. You don't have to keep thanking me.
     

Share This Page