Photo: Sean Flynn Photography/Quad City Mallards
The capacity for the iWireless Center will be set at 5,100 for Quad City Mallards games when the team’s twentieth season opens October 14, providing the fans of the Quad Cities an even more exciting and intense atmosphere for every Mallards home game, the team announced today.
“We have experienced tremendous growth over the four years we’ve owned the Mallards thanks to the unparalleled support we have received from our fans and the overall strength of the Quad Cities market,” said Mallards owner Jordan Melville. “We remain committed to this market and excited about providing the best possible experience for Mallards fans.”
The Mallards’ new iWireless Center capacity is in line with other ECHL clubs from similar-sized markets such as Kalamazoo (5,113), Loveland (5,289), Anchorage (6,000) and Boise (5,000). In addition, several franchises based in significantly larger ECHL markets- including Independence/Kansas City (5,800) and Indianapolis (6,488)- play in venues of a similar size.
“We have studied this extensively over the last several seasons and we believe the new capacity is the right size for our market,” said Mallards president Bob McNamara.
Mallards attendance has increased significantly each of the last four years, growing by 42 percent since 2012-13. The new iWireless Center configuration allows for continued attendance growth- the Mallards averaged nearly 4,400 fans last season- while also delivering a heightened atmosphere for spectators and players alike.
Curtains will be lowered behind the first several rows of the iWireless Center’s upper bowl in order to create the new capacity. Those curtains have already been in place for many Mallards home games each of the last six years. This season, the curtains will be raised for just one game: the Mallards’ November 19 match-up with the Wheeling Nailers. That contest, which will immediately follow the annual Lighting on the Commons celebration in downtown Moline, will also double as Scout Night and John Deere Employee Night. A host of youngsters from area scout groups will join Deere employees in comprising just a portion of what is expected to be a crowd of considerable size thronging to that game.
While the iWireless Center’s capacity will be slimmed down for the coming campaign, Mallards tickets remain one of the most affordable entertainment options in the Quad Cities. In fact, the new, lower “Playoff Push” pricing introduced for seats in center sections (103, 104, 114 and 115) during the team’s drive to the 2016 Kelly Cup playoffs will remain in place for 2016-17. The ticket price in those prime areas was reduced to $24- from $28- late in the 2015-16 regular season. In addition, fans will still be able to purchase individual game seats for as little at $10 with $16 and $20 tickets also still available. Single game seats will go on sale in the fall on a date to be announced.
Fans can make sure of not missing out when tickets sell out and can avoid box office lines on game nights by ordering online at ticketmaster.com, using Ticketmaster charge-by-phone or by purchasing seats in advance in person at the iWireless Center box office. Season ticket holders, along with Mini Plan and Flex Plan holders, can likewise be sure of their seats and avoid waiting in line on game night.
The Mallards will play their season opener against the Fort Wayne Komets at the iWireless Center. Mallards 2016-17 season tickets are now available. Season ticket holders enjoy significant savings of the walk-up ticket price and receive a host of exclusive benefits. For more season ticket information, fans can contact the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or firstname.lastname@example.org.