A new professional football team is coming to Des Moines

After months of planning, tearing down and collaborating, a professional USL championship football team will debut in central Iowa starting in 2024. The Krause Group and USL made the announcement Thursday night at the Greater Des Moines Partnership Dinner. The name of the team will be chosen with the help of the community. The deal is the next step for the Pro Iowa initiative and the Iowa Football Development Foundation’s efforts to develop Pro Iowa Stadium and Global Plaza on the southwest corner of downtown Des Moines. at the old Dico Site in the 200 block of SW 16th Street. Construction of the stadium and plaza is expected to begin in 2022 once fundraising is complete. The Iowa Soccer Development Foundation has raised 87% of its $25 million goal. The USL Championship Club in Des Moines will host its first game in 2024. “It’s an exciting day for the USL Championship,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said in a press release. “Iowa has a rich football history, and Pro Iowa will bring a long-awaited national and international spotlight to Des Moines. Kyle Krause’s longstanding commitment to the game, the community, and the USL is unparalleled. He is the best person to bring professional football to Iowa, and the new Pro Iowa Stadium will be a crown jewel not just for the USL, but for football in the United States. operating soccer clubs here and in Europe will help this new franchise become a great source of pride for the people of Des Moines and the State of Iowa. The league has more than 27 clubs across the United States and Canada.” This announcement has taken years to come together,” Kyle Krause said in a press release. “We are thrilled to bring a new professional soccer club here with USL. This is a great opportunity to add another attractive perk to living in central Iowa . We are excited to showcase Des Moines on the national and international stage. We couldn’t have done it without the foundation laid by the Iowa football community. The Menace’s support and success has been a key factor in creating the right environment to sustain a USL Championship club. To participate, click here.

After months of planning, tearing down and collaborating, a professional USL championship football team will debut in central Iowa starting in 2024.

Krause Group and USL made the announcement Thursday night at the Greater Des Moines Partnership Dinner. The name of the team will be chosen with the help of the community.

The deal is the next step for the Pro Iowa Initiative and the Iowa Soccer Development Foundation’s efforts to develop Pro Iowa Stadium and Global Plaza on the southwest corner of downtown Des Moines at the former Dico site. in the 200 block of SW 16th Street.

Construction of the stadium and plaza is expected to begin in 2022 once fundraising is complete. The Iowa Soccer Development Foundation has raised 87% of its $25 million goal.

Krause is headquartered in downtown Des Moines, owns Kum & Go, owns a majority stake in Italian soccer club, Parma Calcio 1913, and owns the Des Moines Menace.

The USL Championship Club in Des Moines will hold its first game in 2024.

“It’s an exciting day for the USL Championship,” USL CEO Alec Papadakis said in a press release. “Iowa has a rich football history, and Pro Iowa will bring a long-awaited national and international spotlight to Des Moines. Kyle Krause’s longstanding commitment to the game, the community, and the USL is unparalleled. He is the best person to bring professional football to Iowa, and the new Pro Iowa Stadium will be a crown jewel not just for the USL, but for football in the United States. Operating football clubs here and in Europe will help this new franchise become a source of great pride for the people of Des Moines and the State of Iowa.

The USL Championship is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation as a Division II league. The league has over 27 clubs across the United States and Canada.

“This announcement has taken years to come together,” Kyle Krause said in a press release. “We are thrilled to bring a new professional soccer club here with USL. This is a great opportunity to add another attractive perk to living in central Iowa. We are excited to showcase Des Moines on the national and international stage. We couldn’t have done it without the foundation laid by the Iowa football community. The Menace’s support and success has been a key factor in creating the right environment to sustain a USL Championship club.

The group is asking for community input to develop the team name, crest, and other branding. To participate, click here.

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