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BUDWEISER SIGNS NAMING RIGHTS DEAL FOR SKY DECK AT MODERN WOODMEN PARK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 28 March 2014 08:55

Newly-named Budweiser Champions Club has unique view with year-round versatility

DAVENPORT, Iowa (March 27, 2014) – An award-winning room in America’s Best Minor League Ballpark has a new name. The Budweiser Champions Club gained its latest moniker when Budweiser and the River Bandits announced a naming rights partnership at a press conference Thursday in the Budweiser Champions Club, already one of the most popular areas for both baseball fans and year-round event patrons of Modern Woodmen Park.

The biggest highlight of a series of suite-level renovations that earned recognition last fall from Ballpark Digest as the Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the new Budweiser Champions Club is located at the far end of the suite level down the left-field line.

“On behalf of 7G and all of its employees, it is our honor and pleasure to work with the Quad Cities River Bandits this season. The addition of the new Budweiser Champions Club is exciting and provides an experience for watching ball games that is second to none,” said 7G Distributing Sales Support Manager Tim Hayes. “We invite everyone to come out and help us cheer on the River Bandits and watch for our promotions throughout the summer and have fun at the ballpark all summer long!”

In addition to the Budweiser Champions Club naming rights, 7G Distributing will sponsor a Mega Mini Fridge Giveaway on Sunday, June 15, at the River Bandits 1:15 p.m. Father's Day home game. Nine mini fridges will go to nine lucky fans – one for every inning.

“We are thrilled to partner with Budweiser to re-introduce the Budweiser Champions Club and share our vision of turning Modern Woodmen Park into a year-round, multi-purpose venue that is much bigger than baseball," said River Bandits co-owner Dave Heller. “The Budweiser Champions Club will be a year-round entertainment venue that will host a wide range of events, from weddings to corporate board meetings to family reunions to receptions to charitable events, and our new partnership with Budweiser and the great folks at 7G Distributors helps ensure that this room will always be one of the premier venue destinations in the Quad Cities.”

Replacing what had been an open-air, concrete patio, the Budweiser Champions Club boasts three sides of gorgeous glass windows, bringing the feel of being outdoors while still being completely enclosed. Four glass garage doors overlook the picturesque scene of Modern Woodmen Park and the Centennial Bridge stretching across the Mississippi River. On the other side is a spectacular view of downtown Davenport. The Budweiser Champions Club also has a center partition that can create two separate areas for breakout sessions or smaller meeting spaces. The space can accommodate up to 250 guests for a game and is used year-round for dozens of special events, including wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, birthdays, corporate meetings and luncheons.

UP NEXT: Opening Day is April 3, so lock in your seats now to see the defending Midwest League Champions in 2014! Single-game tickets are available online atwww.riverbandits.com. To order any of the ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having just been named Ballpark Digest's winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 110 feet over the playing field, is opening this spring, along with a carousel, a new ride called a "Drop and Twist," an expanded 300-foot long zip line, and many other new games and attractions. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 220-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, and a number of new bounce houses. The team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, just saw all six of its affiliates reach the playoffs - the first time in a decade any MLB team can claim such success. The River Bandits were one of three affiliates to reach the championship round and one of two to win their league championship.

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Mallards Overcome Americans 2-1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Friday, 28 March 2014 08:04

ALLEN, Texas (March 26, 2014) – Mike Monfredo scored the game winning power play goal with three minutes and five seconds left in the third period and Thomas Heemskerk made 34 saves as the Quad City Mallards defeated the host Allen Americans 2-1 Wednesday night.  With the victory, the fifth place Mallards (30-23-10, 70 points) not only halted their own three game losing streak but also ended the third place Americans’ (38-21-5, 81 points) four game winning streak and eight game regulation unbeaten streak.

Monfredo snapped a 1-1 tie with a one timer from the right wing circle late in the third after Jamie Schaafsma had backhanded home a power play equalizer for the Americans at 11:52 of the final frame.

The Mallards first took the lead when Matt Duffy- who also assisted on Monfredo’s goal- blasted a one timer from the high slot at 7:03 of the second period.

Heemskerk was at his busiest in the third period, stopping 15 Allen shots to set the stage for Monfredo’s late heroics.

  

The Mallards return to action Friday night on the road against the St. Charles Chill.  The Mallards’ next home game is their regular season finale Sunday at 4:05 p.m. against the Missouri Mavericks.  Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day at the iWireless Center.  Fans can bring their skates to next Sunday’s game and skate with the Mallards after that tilt.  In addition, all fans in attendance will receive a coupon good for a free bag of popcorn at iWireless Center concession stands.   

Tickets for Sunday’s game can be purchased in person at the iWireless Center box office, online atticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period. 

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 seventeenth season their fourth in the Central Hockey League.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League in 2009-10.  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 www.myqcmallards.net.  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at twitter.com/myqcmallards and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/quadcitymallards.

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MALLARDS, IWIRELESS CENTER EXTEND LEASE AGREEMENT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 13:16
MOLINE, Ill. (March 26, 2014) – The Quad City Mallards and the iWireless Center have agreed to a three year lease extension, the Mallards announced today.

“We are thrilled to extend our lease agreement with the iWireless Center for three additional years and continue what has developed into a true partnership with iWireless Center executive director Scott Mullen and his staff,” said Jordan Melville, director of QCM Holdings, the Mallards’ ownership group.  “All indicators are trending positively and we look forward to continuing to provide the Quad Cities with an affordable form of entertainment and team of which they can be proud.”

In the first two seasons of the partnership between the iWireless Center and QCM Holdings, the Mallards’ average attendance has increased by nearly 800 fans per game while the club has enjoyed a revenue increase of better than 50 percent.

"The turnaround has been amazing and it is fantastic to see how far the team has come both in the front office and on the ice," said Mullen.  "Both Mallards president Bob McNamara and coach Terry Ruskowski have brought a noticeably higher level of experience and professionalism to the team over these past couple of years."

"It's also refreshing to have such a solid ownership group in place here and see their commitment to the Quad Cities," Mullen continued.  “Having previously run the entire Central Hockey League, they obviously understand this business and what it takes to succeed.  The entire organization has really done an unbelievable job.  They have laid the foundation for success and the future of hockey here looks extremely bright."

The Mallards are approaching the conclusion of their seventeenth season in the Quad Cities and their fourth CHL campaign.  QCM Holdings took over ownership of the club in October of 2012.

"As we have seen interest in the team increase over the past 18 months, it is obvious this is a strong hockey market steeped in a winning tradition, established in the early days of the Mallards,” said McNamara.  “It is our goal to continue this tradition and we look forward to bringing a championship back to the Quad Cities while continuing to build the brand."

The Mallards play their regular season finale Sunday at 4:05 p.m. against the Missouri Mavericks.  Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day at the iWireless Center featuring prize giveaways, a postgame skate with the Mallards, free popcorn and a game worn jersey auction.

Tickets for Sunday’s game can be purchased in person at the iWireless Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

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 seventeenth season their fourth in the Central Hockey League.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League in 2009-10.  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 www.myqcmallards.net.  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at twitter.com/myqcmallards and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/quadcitymallards.

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Round-the-Clock Volunteers Needed for National Junior High Finals Rodeo PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristine Reeves   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 12:51

DES MOINES, IA – The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and the National High School Rodeo Association are seeking 200 volunteers for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo Championships, June 22-28 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Volunteers are needed for 24-hour check-in for both contestants and livestock starting Thursday, June 19 through Sunday, June 22. Shifts are available in four-hour increments. A brief training will be provided for all volunteers.

“Families arrive at all hours to the grounds, and aren’t permitted to set up camp or unload livestock until a thorough safety and health check has been performed,” says James Higginbotham, Executive Director of the National High School Rodeo Association, the parent organization of the National Junior High Finals Rodeo. “Volunteer support is vital. Check-in sets the pace for a smooth-running event.”

“We’re proud to host this group in Des Moines for the first time,” says Greg Edwards, President and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Our community’s support is needed as volunteers to provide a welcoming first impression of our city to contestants and their families.”

The Championships will include 1,100 Junior High contestants from 42 states, 5 Canadian provinces and Australia. More than 35,000 spectators are expected. The contestants, ages 15 and under, will compete across 11 different events—from barrel racing and bull riding to goat tying and chute dogging. 2014 is the first time the Championship’s will be held outside of Gallup, New Mexico since the event’s inception in 2005.

To sign up for a volunteer shift for the 2014 National Junior High Finals Rodeo Championships in Des Moines, visit catchdesmoines.com/rodeo.

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Greater Des Moines as a fun, vibrant and affordable destination statewide, nationally and internationally. Our focus increases visitors to our community through meetings, conventions, sports events, leisure travel, and group tours, thereby contributing to the local economy.  

 
Mallards’ Rioux Called Up to AHL’s Iowa Wild PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 10:22
MOLINE, Ill. (March 24, 2014) – Quad City Mallards defenseman Nicholas Rioux has joined the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild on a professional tryout agreement, the Mallards announced today.

This marks the third time this season, Rioux, 27, has been called up to Iowa.  The 6’ 1”, 205-pound Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec native played six games over two stints in January with the Wild.  Rioux also took part in Iowa’s preseason training camp.

Rioux, who has scored five goals for the Mallards this season, ranks eighth among Central Hockey League defensemen in assists (25) and is tied for tenth among CHL blue liners in points (30).  He has posted a plus/minus rating of +8 in 55 games with the Mallards.  Rioux has also been named one of five finalists for the CHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman award.

Last year, Rioux scored seven goals and registered 27 points with a plus/minus of +3 for the CHL’s Bloomington Blaze.  The durable Rioux played in each of the Blaze’s 66 regular season games last season and missed just a single game over his first two professional campaigns.

Rioux first played under Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski as a rookie with the CHL’s Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees in 2011-12.  Rioux scored five times, produced 21 points and turned in a plus/minus of +5 in 65 games with the Killer Bees.

Rioux turned pro after a three-year college career at St. Cloud State during which he totaled three goals and four assists in 26 games.  Rioux played two seasons of junior hockey in the British Columbia League- with the Quesnel Millionaires and Prince George Spruce Kings- before heading to St. Cloud.

The Mallards next play Wednesday night on the road against the Allen Americans.  The Mallards’ next home game is their regular season finale next Sunday, March 30, at 4:05 p.m. against the Missouri Mavericks.  Next Sunday is Fan Appreciation Day at the iWireless Center.  Fans can bring their skates to next Sunday’s game and skate with the Mallards after that tilt.  In addition, all fans in attendance will receive a coupon good for a free bag of popcorn at iWireless Center concession stands.

Tickets for next Sunday’s game can be purchased in person at the iWireless Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

 
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