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Indoor Sports Center Media Release PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Carol Slaughter   
Friday, 06 December 2013 09:05

Raufeisen Development announces the funding of a feasibility study regarding the development of a Regional Sports Facility to be located at Spencer Creek, a 117 acre mixed use development located at the Northeast corner of Middle Road and Interstate 80, Bettendorf, Iowa.

The proposed 384,000 square foot facility consists of 7 modules that can be built in phases. Included is an Olympic size pool with a diving well that will also be used as an indoor water board training facility and two completes sheets of ice used for hockey. The center module main arena will be used for tournament finals in basketball, wrestling, volleyball, gymnastics, cheerleading and dance contests. Its seating capacity is 4500 for spectators. The other three modules will be flexible in uses, which include the activities listed above as well as track & field, tennis, badminton and more.

Sports Facility Advisors, a national leader in the analysis and management of sports facilities and athletic tournaments has been contracted to analyze the financial feasibility, analyze economic impact and phasing of the project. Their recommendation will come within 90 days.

Steve Van Dyke, Director, Economic Development, City of Bettendorf, IA says: “We are so proud to be working in partnership with Raufeisen Development concerning  Spencer Creek Technology Park, especially as it relates to the potential for an Indoor Sports Complex.  Creating an environment here in the Quad Cities that encourages a healthy lifestyle along with a well educated, hard working, diverse population base is our top priority.”

Raufeisen Development has been working closely with the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau to identify facility needs in the Quad Cities that would attract regional sporting tournaments and events. These events can bring 3500 to 6000+ athletes to the Quad Cities per event with an anticipated 26 events minimum annually. The financial impact to the region could be tens of millions of dollars because of hotel rooms, restaurants, shopping and tourist attractions.

Joe Taylor of The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau said, “Sports remains a growing segment of the tourist industry.   The Regional Sports Complex will bring many new opportunities to the Quad Cities and the timing is right.  Many communities are seeing a value of sports tourism and investing in sports complexes to an ever growing degree.”

Todd Raufeisen says “this facility could be used by local school districts, community and private colleges. Local school districts and local colleges need new facilities but financial pressures make it cost prohibitive. A sports facility of this nature could provide top notch athletic training resources at a fraction of the cost.”

Raufeisen states that regional sports tournaments are big business and economic engines. Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Rockford, Illinois are two communities that have announced the same type of feasibility studies. Raufeisen feels that the Quad Cities needs to “get in the game”. This location is centralized and strategically located on interstate 80. It has the ability to draw from Chicago to Minneapolis to Omaha to St. Louis.

At this stage, a project of this size, scope and cost is big dream; however, if you look at the potential economic impact to the region it could be just what the Quad Cities needs. If we don’t try, we could be traveling to Cedar Rapids or Rockford with our kids and spending our dollars to spur their growth and economy – Let’s keep it in the Quad Cities!

 

 
Central Hockey League Sets Expansion Plans PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:35
League to Expand Membership for 2014-15

GLENDALE, AZ (December 4, 2013) – Central Hockey League Commissioner Steve Ryan announced today that the League will expand by a maximum of two teams for the 2014-15 season.  The CHL Board recently gathered in Las Vegas and after the meetings concluded, expressed their confidence and support to expand membership to 12 teams. 

“The Board is enthusiastic about the current momentum and future direction of the League and wishes to expand beyond its current geographical footprint,” said Ryan.  “We receive numerous expressions of interest for expansion, both formal and informal, and are now prepared to commence a formal bid process.”

“When we came together to purchase the League, we gained control of our future and the ability to grow the legacy of the CHL into the future,” said Brad Fain, Owner of the Arizona Sundogs.  “Under the guidance of the Commissioner, we believe this will be the best ‘AA’ minor league in North America.  Our efforts to build a sustainable and compelling business model will attract highly qualified and passionate owners in the best markets.”

This past off-season saw the CHL expand to St. Charles, Missouri (St. Louis area) and Brampton, Ontario (Toronto area).

Last June, team owners acquired the CHL in an asset purchase acquisition from Global Entertainment, a publicly traded company that had owned the League for the previous two decades. 

In October, the CHL appointed Steve Ryan as its Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer.  Ryan has an extensive management background in professional sports serving as President of NHL Enterprises from 1981-95.  Additionally, he was President of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins and Commissioner of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

To facilitate its expansion strategy, the League has retained the Sports Advisory Group (SAG), a division of W.B. Grimes, which is one of the leading sports acquisition firms in North America.  SAG will initiate interaction with potential expansion candidates and advise the League on its plan for growth.

Founded as a professional league in 1963 by the National Hockey League, the Central Hockey League delivers outstanding family entertainment and in-arena excitement and is comprised of 10 teams in eight U.S. states and one Canadian province.  Learn more about the CHL at www.centralhockeyleague.com.  

 
Roster set for UW-Whitewater's 2013-14 wrestling team PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jeff Angileri   
Thursday, 05 December 2013 09:34

WHITEWATER, WI (12/04/2013)(readMedia)-- The following students were named to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater wrestling team for the 2013-14 season.

  • Maxx Hubbard, a freshman undeclared major from Sterling, Ill.

After finishing third in the national championships last year, the Warhawks have high expectations this season and intend to offer a strong challenge to each opposing team. The team holds preseason-training sessions with new and returning players to increase performance before the regular season begins.

"The team is going to get better as the year goes on," said Tim Fader, the team's head coach. "We have to keep our eyes on the prize, every team has its struggles but we'll power through them. We are going to continue to push expectations and raise the bar, it's what we're known for and it's what we pride ourselves on."

When the wrestlers are not under the spotlights, they give back to the community. They helped build the new Children's Center on campus and they volunteer for the Salvation Army in Janesville every Thanksgiving.

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MALLARDS GEAR UP FOR RIVALRY WEEKEND PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Wednesday, 04 December 2013 08:39
Presented by Pub 1848

$1 Dog/$1 Beer Friday Presented by 97X Returns

Donate to Toys for Tots and Save Saturday and Sunday

First Harris Pizza Puck and Pizza Game Sunday

$1 Kids Tickets Sunday with Purchase of Adult Seat

MOLINE, Ill. (December 3, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards return to action on home ice for Rivalry Weekend Presented by Pub 1848 this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Mallards will play three consecutive games against their newest rivals from north of the border, the Brampton Beast, on a promotion-packed weekend.

The Mallards and Beast face off at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday and at 4:05 p.m. Sunday. Tickets for any of those games can be purchased at the iWireless Center ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  Fans can also stop by Pub 1848 to find out how to get free tickets- including glass seats- for this weekend's games. Rivalry weekend concludes when Mallards players join fans for a postgame party at Pub 1848 immediately after Sunday's tilt. Conveniently located just blocks from the iWireless Center at 1601 River Drive, Pub 1848 is a favorite spot in historic downtown Moline for drinks, laughs and plenty of fun.

This Friday is also another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X. $1 hot dogs and $1 beers are available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season. Friday’s first intermission entertainment, will, courtesy of 97X, follow the hot dog-themed spirit of the evening.

The Mallards have also partnered with Metro, which provides earlier service on the Route 59 between Augustana College and downtown Moline during Friday home games this season. The Route 59 will make one trip from campus to downtown Moline prior to the game (arriving at 5th Avenue and 15th Street at 6:30 p.m.) and will resume service from downtown to campus every 30 minutes from 10:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.  Regular Metro fares are just $1 one-way or $2 round-trip. As part of Metro’s unlimited ride program, Augustana riders can use their Augustana ID as their fare. Visit www.gogreenmetro.com or www.facebook.com/53and59 for more information.

The Mallards will join in the spirit of the holiday season by accepting Toys for Tots donations at their games Saturday and Sunday. Fans will receive $3 off a ticket to either of those games for each new toy they donate at the iWireless Center.

The Mallards this weekend play their first Sunday home game of the season and, thus, give fans their first chance to take advantage of the Harris Pizza Puck and Pizza Package. With the Harris Pizza Puck and Pizza Package, fans can purchase four lower level tickets for just $55 or four upper level seats for only $45 and receive a certificate for a free large single topping pizza from Harris Pizza. The Puck and Pizza Package is available at the iWireless Center Box Office for both Wednesday and Sunday games.

Families will have a further chance to save on tickets to Sunday's game- tickets to that contest for children 12 and under will be available at the iWireless Center ticket office for just $1 with the purchase of a regularly priced adult ticket.

After Sunday's game fans will also have the chance to meet a pair of Mallards for autographs and photographs at each of two Governor's Pub & Grill locations. Nick Grasso and Thomas Frazee will stop by Governor's at 2180 53rd Street in Moline while Darren McMillan and Mike Monfredo will be at Governor's at 3470 Middle Road in Bettendorf.

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 and 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 i wireless 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.com.  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 SIGN NETMINDER NIEDERT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 03 December 2013 16:59

MOLINE, Ill. (December 3, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have signed goaltender Nick Niedert, the Mallards announced today.

Niedert, 31, started this season with the Danville Dashers of the Federal Hockey League after playing for five teams in four leagues last season- the Gwinnett Gladiators and Reading Royals of the ECHL, the Bloomington Blaze of the Central Hockey League, the August RiverHawks of the Southern Professional Hockey League and the Danbury Whalers of the FHL. This season with Danville Niedert went 1-6-0 in seven games with a 5.13 goals against average and a .864 save percentage.

Niedert is not a stranger to the Mallards. The 5' 8”, 185-pound native of Hudson, Iowa participated in the Mallards 2011 training camp.

Over the course of his nine-year career, Niedert has played for 21 teams in nine different leagues after competing for five teams over three seasons of junior hockey.

The Mallards return to action Friday night at 7:05 p.m on home ice against the Brampton Beast. Friday is another $1 Dog/$1 Beer Night presented by 97X. $1 hot dogs and $1 beers are available at iWireless Center concession stands during each of the Mallards’ 11 Friday night home games this season. Friday also kicks off Rivalry Weekend presented by Pub 1848. The Mallards will play three straight home games (the Flock will also meet the Brampton Saturday and Sunday) against the Beast, their newest Central Hockey League rival from north of the border.

Tickets for all Mallards regular season home games can be purchased at the iWireless Center ticket office, Ticketmaster outlets, through ticketmaster.com 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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