Linh Ta
Nov 18, 2022 - Sports

Des Moines: Where to watch 2022 World Cup matches

Illustration of a soccer ball on an abstract field.

Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off on Sunday at 10am and Des Moines fans have plenty of places to watch upcoming matches.

What's happening: Pro Iowa and the Des Moines Menace are hosting free watch parties around the metro for certain games.

Jason Clayworth
Nov 1, 2022 - News

Des Moines' Hall of Pride to become a ballroom

A photo of the Iowa Hall of Pride.

Photo courtesy of the Iowa High School Athletic Association

The now shuttered Iowa Hall of Pride museum space will become a "junior ballroom" under a concept being considered by Polk County officials, Chris Connolly, general manager of the Iowa Events Center tells Axios.

Driving the news: The events center could use more ballroom space, especially for groups that want to rent smaller space, Connolly said.

Linh Ta
Oct 27, 2022 - Sports

Former RAGBRAI director claims ride is financially unstable

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Cyclists head down main street while riding RAGBRAI, July 26, 2011, in Lidderdale, Iowa. Photo by: Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo

A former RAGBRAI director is questioning the long-term viability of the world's longest-running touring bike ride.

Yes, but: Current staff have shut down his claims, saying they're unfounded.

Jason Clayworth
Sep 30, 2022 - Sports

Iowa Cubs owner to extend $16K lease for Des Moines' Principal Park

A photo of Principal Park in Des Moines.

โ€œThe Seam" is a sculpture at Principal Park and the answer to this week's "Where is Jason" question. Axios DSM reader Jason Kohles of Johnston won yesterday's contest. Photo: Jason Clayworth/Axios

Principal Park's $16,000 annual lease to Iowa Cubs owner Diamond Baseball Holdings (DBH) will be extended under an agreement that goes before the Des Moines City Council Monday.

  • It's the equivalent of about $1.40 a seat for the 11,500-capacity city-owned stadium, team clubhouse, parking lots and surrounding grounds. The new lease will run until 2032.
Linh Ta
Sep 28, 2022 - Sports

Girls wrestling coming to Des Moines schools

Samantha Bush, head coach of DMPS' girl's wrestling program. Photo courtesy of DMPS

Step aside, boys โ€” Des Moines Public Schools is launching its first-ever girl's wrestling program this year.

Why it matters: Wrestling has deep roots in Iowa, but girls who want to participate often have to join a boy's team.

Ross Terrell
Sep 9, 2022 - Sports

2022 Cy-Hawk game: ISU looks for first win since 2014

Iowa State and the University of Iowa's logos

Courtesy of Iowa State and the University of Iowa

Iowa will become a state divided Saturday, as college football fans prepare for the annual rivalry game between the Cyclones and Hawkeyes.

Why it matters: Bragging rights. One game to decide which team, fans and alum get to talk smack for the next year.

Ross Terrell
Sep 2, 2022 - Sports

Iowa Hawkeyes and Iowa State Cyclones gear up for new season

Iowa Hawkeyes fans cheering at a football game

Iowa Hawkeyes fans during the Verb Citrus Bowl game. David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Can you smell it? The scent of brats on the grill, cheap beer, Casey's breakfast pizza at tailgates. It means college football season has arrived.

The big picture: Both the University of Iowa and Iowa State are looking to rebound this year after ending last season with bowl game losses.

Linh Ta
Aug 17, 2022 - Sports

Des Moines' first-ever female football coach leads the East Scarlets

New assistant coach Renate Rice

On the first official day of practice for fall sports, the East Scarlets welcomed a new head football coach, Tyrone Tyler, as well as a new assistant coach, Renate Rice. Photo courtesy of DMPS

The Des Moines School District has hired a woman to coach football for the first time ever.

Yes, but: Being the only woman on the football field is nothing new for Renate Rice.

  • "I've always been a rough and tumble kind of girl," Rice told Axios. "I like to compete."
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