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World's Toughest Rodeo Dirt Dump PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lindsey Lobur   
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 11:41

One of the most obvious and important parts of a rodeo is something fans rarely consider - the dirt. Transforming an ice hockey arena into a rodeo arena without damaging the ice is a top priority for the crew of the World's Toughest Rodeo. An ice coverage system applied over the ice provides protection for the ice to insure rapid turnaround from a dirt event back to an ice event.

A lot of dirt will be trucked into the iWireless Center for the World's Toughest Rodeo, a whole lot, in fact. Close to 1,200 yards of dirt at 12 yards per dump-truck load, that's over 100 dump trucks worth of dirt equally approximately 2,000,000 lbs. of dry dirt. Just hauling in the dirt once the floor is prepared can take up to 6 hours. Once leveled it is worked over and over to allow it to dry. When finished, the dirt is 8 - 10 inches in depth and special finishing equipment is required to level and smooth out the dirt. The preparation doesn't end with dirt installation, as once the dirt is installed a portable rodeo arena arrives and the bucking chutes and arena set up is completed in another 2 hours. Requiring daily maintenance, the dirt needs to be groomed daily to continue to facilitate drying and improve the consistency.   Final touches are completed prior to the rodeo Preshow each day as well. But once the Preshow is finished it again needs to be reworked as it packs down from the foot traffic.

Another consideration of utmost importance is where you find dry, unfrozen dirt in January, in Moline, Illinois. Special arrangements for winter in arena events requiring dirt must be made well in advance. Appropriate dirt is stored in conditions that make it suitable to be trucked in and provide suitable dryness to provide stable footing for both bucking horses and barrel racing horses. How well a competitor does in a rodeo depends partially on how well the animal is able to perform, and good dirt for stable footing is a necessity for animal performance.

The World's Toughest Rodeo stage will be set for performances on January 23 and 24th at 7:30 p.m. each night. Fans are invited into the arena nightly from 6 - 7 for a fan favorite preshow including autographs with cowboys and entertainers, free pony rides for kids, or a chance of a lifetime to sit on Midnight, a 2,000 lb. bull in the bucking chutes.   Top professional competitors, John Payne, the One Armed Bandit (13 time Professional Rodeo's Specialty Entertainer of the Year, and top rodeo announcer, Roger Mooney will headline the show. Tickets are family friendly starting at $20 and kids are always half price. $5 discount coupons are available at all Casey's General Stores locations. Tickets can be purchased at or at iWireless Center Box Office.

What: 100 truckloads of dirt will be dumped on the floor of the iWireless Center Wednesday morning in preparation for this weekend's World's Toughest Rodeo!

Where: iWireless Center, 1201 River Dr. Moline, IL

Media report to back entrance


When: Wednesday, January 21-- Photo and broadcast opportunities are available
throughout the day.  Dirt dump begins 9 am, recommend coming around 11 am for best photo opportunity.

Mallards Weekend Results PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 19 January 2015 15:25
Mallards Fall to Rush in Overtime on Friday night

MOLINE, Ill. (January 16, 2015) – Cody Ferriero scored his second goal of the game at 2:06 of overtime to give the Rapid City Rush (15-20-2) a 4-3 win over the host Quad City Mallards (17-13-6) Friday night.  The Mallards, who sit in fourth place in the ECHL's Central Division, did earn one point for the sudden death defeat.

Ferriero snapped off the game winner from the slot after the Rush's Dallas Erhardt had forced overtime by scoring the tying power play goal from the left point with just 2:19 left in regulation.

It was the Mallards who had battled from behind earlier in the third period.  Mario Lamoureux swept home his second goal of the game from the high slot to even the score at two at 1:02 of the third.  Antti Pusa gave the Mallards a 3-2 lead from close range at the 9:13 mark of the final frame.

The Rush's Patrick Cullen and Ferriero scored one minute and 21 seconds apart to turn the game around in the second period.  With those two goals Rapid City turned a 1-0 Mallard lead into a 2-1 Rush advantage.  Cullen buried a rebound at 7:03 of the second; at 8:24 Ferriero put the Rush on top while toppling in the slot.

Lamoureux's shorthanded wraparound opened the scoring at 12:32 of the first period.

Mallards Stop Rush 3-1 on Sunday, January 18

MOLINE, Ill. (January 18, 2015) – Matt Duffy broke a 1-1 tie at 1:58 of the third period and the host Quad City Mallards (17-13-6) went on to defeat the Rapid City Rush (16-20-2) 3-1 Sunday.  With the win the Mallards moved into a tie for second place in the ECHL's Central Division.

Duffy's one timer from the top of the right wing circle gave the Mallards their second lead of the night.  Joe Perry's empty net goal clinched the victory with just one second left.

The Mallards had first moved in front when Justin Fox pounced on a Rapid City turnover in the slot to open the scoring at 3:47 of the first period.

The Rush's Dan Barczuk tied the game at one from close range at 10:22 of the second period.

The Mallards return to action on the road Saturday night against the Missouri Mavericks.  The Mallards next play at home Wednesday night, January 28 at 7:05 p.m. against the Wichita Thunder.  Fans can get four tickets to Mallards Wednesday night home games for just $20.  After each Wednesday night home tilt, fans can join the Mallards at T.G.I. Friday's in Moline for a postgame party.

Tickets for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- including Sunday's contest- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.  Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.

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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Friday, 16 January 2015 09:38

Free Tickets for Fans in Superhero Costume


Promotion-Packed Weekend Begins Friday Night

MOLINE, Ill. (January 14, 2015) – Fans who attend the Quad City Mallards’ home game Sunday at 4:05 p.m. against the Rapid City Rush dressed as superheroes will receive free tickets to that contest as the Mallards cap off a promotion-packed weekend with Superhero Sunday.

The Mallards have teamed with Heroes Inc. for Superhero Sunday.  Fans of any age who get in touch with their inner superpowers and arrive in superhero guise Sunday can get their seats for free at the iWireless Center box office. In addition, the volunteer superheroes from Heroes Inc. will be on hand to meet fans during Sunday’s game.  More information on Heroes Inc. can be found at

The celebration of costumed crime fighters is just one part of a fun-filled weekend for the Mallards.  Sunday is also Kids Day: tickets to Sunday’s game are just $5 for (non-superhero) children 12 and under.  After the game fans can join the Mallards on the ice for a postgame skate.

The Mallards will kick off the weekend when they take on the Rush Friday evening at 7:05 p.m.  Friday also brings the return of $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X and MetroLINK.  Fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and beers from iWireless Center concession stands during all Friday home games.  97X will follow in the spirit of the evening by presenting hot dog-themed intermission entertainment.

The Mallards have partnered with Metro to provide transit service between Augustana College and downtown Moline during all Friday home games.  Students can catch the Route 10 on campus via 7th Avenue to and from the games, with the Route 10 dropping students off near campus or at the District after games.  Students can then hop on the Route 53 from the District back to Augustana until 3 a.m.  As part of Metro’s unlimited ride program, Augustana riders can use their Augustana ID as their fare.  Fans can visit or for more information.

This Friday- and for all remaining Friday night home games- the Mallards have also joined with Rooster’s Sports Bar & Grill in Rock Island to offer fans the chance to get a lower level ticket to the Mallards’ game along with an appetizer and drink at Rooster’s and a Metro bus ride to the game from Rooster’s and back for just $20.  For more information fans can contact Rooster’s at 309-283-7005.


After next Friday night's game fans can join Mallards players at Governor's Pub & Grill at both 3470 Middle Road in Bettendorf and 2180 53rd Street in Moline.  Kevin Baker, Matt Duffy, Darren McMillan and Nicholas Rioux will meet fans at Governor’s in Bettendorf while Pearce Eviston, Evan Haney, Logan Nelson and Johnny Rogic will join the fun in Moline.

Tickets for all remaining Mallards regular season home games- including this weekend’s tilts- are on sale now at the iWireless Center box office, Ticketmaster outlets, and Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The box office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.  Tickets are available for $10, $16, $20 and $28.

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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 15 January 2015 11:17

MOLINE, Ill. (January 13, 2015) – R.I.A. Federal Credit Union has entered the second year of its title sponsorship of the Quad City Mallards’ Kids Club and Little Saver program, the Mallards announced today.

R.I.A. has donated better than $1,000 to the savings accounts of young Mallards fans through the Little Saver program.  The R.I.A. Federal Credit Union Mallards Kids Club is presented by KARS- Kids Are Rewarded for Saving.  Young fans who open a savings account at R.I.A. Federal Credit Union can join the Kids Club free of charge.  In addition, for each Mallards home game, one fan age 12 or under is chosen at random to be the Mallards’ “Little Saver”.  The Little Saver is introduced at the start of the game with the Mallards’ starting goaltender and R.I.A. Federal Credit Union opens a savings account for the Little Saver and contributes one dollar to that account for each save made by the Mallards’ goaltender in that game.  

The Kids Club is open to Mallards fans ages 12 and under and provides a host of exclusive benefits.  Kids Club members receive vouchers good for four free Mallards tickets, discounted Mallards tickets for family and friends, the chance to watch a game from Mo’s Madhouse, a Kids Club t-shirt, a Mallards hat, an exclusive meet and greet event with Mallards players, a birthday card from Mallard mascot Mo and more.  More information on the Kids Club can be found at

Parents can stop by any Quad Cities area RIA Federal Credit Union location to open a savings account for their children and to enter the drawing to be chosen a Little Saver.  A full listing of locations can be found at  Kids Club Memberships are also available for $20- or $30 for two memberships- by contacting the Mallards at or by stopping by the fan accommodation table on the iWireless Center concourse during a Mallards home game. 

RIA Federal Credit Union was first established in 1935 on the Rock Island Arsenal to serve our Military members and Federal Employees working on the Island. For over 20 years RIA Federal Credit Union has been open to serve all of the Quad Cities and surrounding areas, including Wilton, Iowa, and Savanna, Illinois, while maintaining a strong presence on the Rock Island Arsenal.

About the Quad City Mallards
A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are in the midst of their eighteenth season and their first in the ECHL.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007; in the International Hockey League in 2009-10; and in the Central Hockey League from 2010 through 2014.  The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record.  In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched.  The iWireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.  For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at

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Vote today: the River Bandits are up for best team name in MiLB! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by River Bandits   
Wednesday, 14 January 2015 16:15
The River Bandits found the spotlight with two league titles in the last four years, attendance records, national awards for the ballpark and the team's unique and creative promotions, and a considerable number of honors for community involvement and entertainment. Now its unique name is in a Sporting News online vote to decide the best in Minor League Baseball. More »

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