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By Des Moines Menace, 07/03/18, 4:45PM CDT


The Menace hosts Chicago FC in a Heartland showdown that starts with "Celebrate America" on Fireworks Friday.

Happy Independence Day from the Menace!
Let’s keep the celebration going this weekend, when your undefeated Menace
looks to continue its Heartland Division dominance against second-place Chicago.
After this, we’re down to just one more weekend of soccer at Valley Stadium.
Make plans to cheer on the top team in the Premier Development League!




PROMOTIONS: “Celebrate America” on Fireworks Friday


GAMETIME: 7:30 p.m.

FOOD TRUCKS: Roadside Tacos and Kona Ice

PREGAME: We’re hosting a car show displaying American-made muscle cars, and the KIOA Corvette will be onsite – Give yourself a chance to win! The Iowa Military Veterans Jazz Band will be performing from about 6:45 to 7:15.

MOMENT of SILENCE: Before the National Anthem, we will honor the life of local sports broadcaster Larry Cotlar, a friend of the Menace. 

HALFTIME: After Chuck-for-a-Buck, we’ll host Interrogation Station with Charlie Bales.

POSTGAME: Fans are invited to join us down on the field (bring your blankets) for our second and final Fireworks display this season.

MERCHANDISE: A “Flash Sale” of Menace jerseys -- $20 each for game-worn Menace PDL and WPSL jerseys.

KICK FOR PRIZES: $1 per shot at the inflatable Kick Center in the plaza, before and during the game.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: The Iowa Military Veterans Jazz Band




PROMOTIONS: Health and Fitness Night 

DOUBLEHEADER: Two games for the price of one – The Menace Women host the Kansas City Athletics at 4:30 p.m. Ticket silo and gate open at 3:45.

FOOD TRUCKS: Roadside Tacos and Kona Ice

PREGAME: Live music by Brian Congdon, from about 6:45 to 7:20. Tuel She Training and Fresh Fit Meals will be on hand, sharing information on this Health and Fitness Night.

HALFTIME: After more Interrogation Station, we’ll host a CrossFit Challenge: sandbags, kettle bells and handstand walks! Watch as teams of the fittest athletes around town compete head to head. Which Des Moines area gym will emerge victorious?

MERCHANDISE: The “Flash Sale” continues -- $20 each for game-worn Menace PDL and WPSL jerseys.

KICK FOR PRIZES: $1 per shot at the inflatable Kick Center in the plaza, before and during the game.


GROUP OUTINGS: CrossFit 8035, Bondurant Soccer Club, and Flynn Wright


TICKETS: $10 for adults (18 and older); $8 for youth (ages 6-17); Free admission for ages 5 and under. $20 for a sideline seat at a V.I.P. table. The ticket silo (on field level) opens at 6 p.m.

ONLINE TICKETS: Click here and save on your adult general-admission tickets when you order online at least 48 hours before game time.

GROUP OUTINGS: Here’s how to save on your tickets when you bring 10 or more people to the game.



KIDS’ ZONE: Children are invited to head to the east side of Valley Stadium to play in the Street Soccer Zone and the Soccer Ball Bounce House. There’s no additional charge for the Kids’ Zone, which is open from 6:30 p.m. until the game’s 70th minute.

BEFORE THE GAMES: Children are invited on the field, starting at 7:20, for the human tunnel – Give high fives to the players as they enter the field for lineup introductions.

FIRST HALF: Sign up at the Info Table for a chance at one of two V.I.P. table upgrades, thanks to Kum & Go and Soccer Master. If you’re 18 and older, play 50/50 for a chance at a cash payout, while supporting the Menace Academy.

HALFTIME: Play Chuck-for-a-Buck: Buy your red rubber balls during the first half, and take aim at prizes from these sponsors: Dino’s Bar & Grill…Frito Lay…Gilroy’s Kitchen + Patio + Pub…Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Des Moines Northwest…Kum & Go…and the Des Moines Menace.

SECOND HALF: If you’re 18 and older, play 50/50 for a chance at a cash payout, while supporting the Menace Academy. 50/50 tickets will be available from pregame to soon after halftime. We’ll announce the winner around the 70th minute.


PARKING: Season-ticket members receive access to the V.I.P. Parking Lot (field level) close to the entrance. There’s also plenty of free parking available in the upper parking lot as well as the City Hall parking lot.

SUPPORTERS’ CLUBS: Want to hang out with some soccer nuts? You can cheer and chant with the Red Army in the bleachers behind the north goal or with the Bucket Brigade at midfield in the stands.

RESTROOMS: There are two sets of restrooms – one on the north side of the main building (to the left of the entrance) and one on the upper level (behind the west bleachers).


AFTER THE GAMES: Meet the Menace players on the field for autographs and pictures. For the 21-and-older crowd, join the players and coaches at BeerStyles Taproom & Gastropub (in West Glen Town Center) for the Official Postgame Party of the Menace – Your ticket stub will get you a free drink.


WHAT’S NEXT: Just one more Friday-Saturday doubleheader – July 13-14, then it’s on to the PDL Playoffs!


Thanks for being part of the fun during this 25th season of Des Moines Menace Soccer.