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by Jessica Waytenick •

Contact – JessicaWaytenick, 800-747-7800, ext. 827 or jwaytenick@visitquadcities.com

Quad Cities – Fromthe crack of the bat to the swish of a puck across the ice to the roar of anengine, the Quad Cities is a great place for any kind of sports enthusiast.

Joined by theMississippi River, Moline/East Moline and Rock Islandare the riverfront cities in Illinois, and Bettendorf and Davenport makeup the cities on the Iowaside of the river.  Together, thesecities and the surrounding communities make up the Quad Cities.

Baseball is here in the Quad Cities with the Quad Cities River Bandits, farm team of the Houston Astros.  The River Bandits play at Modern Woodmen Park (formerly John O’Donnell Stadium) located in Davenport, Iowa, right on the banks of the Mississippi River.  Modern Woodmen Park has a grassy berm to sit on in the outfield, suites, a party deck, picnic area, and small corn field from which the players come out on the field.  The season for this Class A Midwest League team runs from April through August with the play-offs in September.  In 2013, the River Bandits won the Midwest League Championship.

The Quad Cities River Bandits have made a lot of improvements to Modern Woodmen Park in the past three years from the club lounge, flood protection, video board, sky deck, zip line, rock climbing wall, and bounce houses.  A new Ferris wheel, standing over 100-feet over the playing field, will open in 2014, along with a carousel, Moser Spring Ride, and other new games and attractions.  Of course, you can’t beat the view overlooking the Mississippi River.  It is consistently ranked among the top minor league ballparks for its stunning view of the Mississippi River.  In a nationwide vote, Modern Woodmen Park was voted the "Best Minor League Ballpark" in the 2013 USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice Travel Awards. 

Baseball has been in Davenport since 1879 beginning with the Davenport Brown Stockings.  For a complete schedule and more information, visit their website at www.riverbandits.com.

The Quad City Mallards take the ice in the “AA” Central Hockey League (CHL). All Mallards home games are played at the iWireless Center, 1201 River Dr. in downtown Moline, Illinois. The Quad City Mallards were voted among the top teams in the league in aseries of on- and off-ice categories in the CHL’s “Best of the Best” poll.  The Mallards were recognized as one of thehardest working teams in the league, while the team’s David Brown was voted oneof the top goaltenders in the CHL.  The Mallards were also lauded fortheir outstanding on-ice promotions, in-game music selection, and use of socialmedia tools as well as for wearing one of the best uniforms in theleague. 

The Mallards competed in the United Hockey League (UHL) from 1995-2007 and the International Hockey League (IHL) in 2009-10.  The Mallards’ proud history has seen themcapture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) andsecure 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 which has yet to bematched.  Visit their website at www.myqcmallards.com for an upcoming complete schedule and more information.

A new league has rolled intothe Quad Cities; and everyone better watchout!  The Quad City Rollers is a women’s roller derby team and they are theonly organized league in the Quad Cities area. Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby is currentlyone of the fastest growing sports in the country with players having to playoffense and defense simultaneously.  Itis flat track roller derby with 10 skaters on the floor with skating andscoring (just in a different way than anyone is used too).  “It is a full contact sport and everything isdefinitely real.  Nothing is staged, likesome people like to think that it is,” stresses team member EllonyiaYenney.  They play against other teams inthe Midwest at the RiverCenter in downtown Davenport, Iowa.  Their season is February-October.  For more information on the Quad CityRollers, visit www.quadcityrollers.com

The Quad City Rollers arenow an “Apprentice” affiliate of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association(WFTDA), the governing body for women's amateur flat track roller derby.

As an Apprentice affiliate of the WFTDA, the Quad City Rollers joins the ranksof more than 117 all-female, skater-owned-and-operated leagues worldwide thathave united to lead the growing sport of women's flat track roller derby.

WFTDA apprentice leagues are matched with veteran member leagues who guide themin the processes and requirements necessary to become a full member of theAssociation.  Additionally, the mentor offers advice and informationrelated to the management and development of the apprentice league.  WFTDAApprentice leagues are considered “pre-members” of the WFTDA and have access tomany of the resources and benefits of full WFTDA membership.

The Quad City Raiders is a new semi-pro football team in the Midland Football League.  The players are 18 years and older from the Quad Cities area.  Their season is April-August and they play at Pleasant Valley High School, 604 Belmont Road in Bettendorf, Iowa.  For more information and a game schedule, visit www.qcraiders.com.

The Quad City Eagles, a semi-pro soccer team that plays in the National Premier Soccer League.  Their season is April-July and they play at Augustana College, 639 38th St. in Rock Island, Ill.  They have men’s and women’s teams.  For more information and a game schedule, visit www.quadcityeaglesfc.com

The Quad City Irish Rugby Club is a Division III men’s rugby club.  Founded in 1975, they play at Centennial Park, 1112 W. Beiderbecke Drive in downtown Davenport, Iowa.  Their season is September-November.  For more information and a game schedule, visit www.qcirish.com or their Facebook page.

Cordova Dragway Park brings high-powered excitement to the area at the 1/4 mile drag racing facilityin Cordova, Illinois, located 15 minutes north of I-80on Hwy 84.  They have weekend drag racingevents all summer, including NHRA bracket racing on Saturday nights with FunRacing on Wednesday and Friday nights. Specialty events include Hangoverfest (January), NHRA Summer Nationals(June), World Series of Drag Racing (August), Fun Ford and Hot Rod MagazineDrag Week (September), Oktoberfest (October). 

The O'Reilly Auto Parts World Series of Drag Racing is byfar the longest running major sporting event in the Quad Cities area.  The race is also the oldest continuous dragracing event in the world - one year older than the U.S. Nationals!  Built in 1956, Cordova Dragway Park is one of the oldestdrag strips in the country.  For a schedule of races, visit www.cordovadrag.com

The Quad Cities isalso known for its abundance of special events, festivals, attractions, museums, biking/hiking trails, river boats, gaming, shopping, performances,golf, restaurants, and, of course, the Mississippi River.

For more informationon these teams and other attractions in the Quad Cities area, please contact the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau 800-747-7800 or visit their website at www.visitquadcities.com.

When You Go

Quad Cities River Bandits

200 S. Gaines St., Davenport, IA

563-324-3000

www.riverbandits.com

Quad City Mallards

1201 River Dr., Moline, IL

309-277-1364

www.myqcmallards.com

Quad City Rollers

Bouts played at the RiverCenter

136 E. 3rdSt., Davenport, IA

www.quadcityrollers.com

Quad City Raiders

Games played at Pleasant Valley High School

604 Belmont Road in Bettendorf, IA

www.qcraiders.com

Quad City Eagles

Games played at Augustana College

639 38th St., Rock Island, IL

www.quadcityeaglesfc.com

Quad City Irish Rugby Club

Games played at Centennial Park

1112 W. Beiderbecke Drive, Davenport, IA

www.qcirish.com

Cordova Dragway Park

19425 IL Rt. 84 N., Cordova, IL
309-654-2110

www.cordovadrag.com

 

 

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