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Looking to catch tomorrow’s next National Basketball Association stars? Looking for an affordable, family-friendly, and fun experience during another long winter in Des Moines? Come downtown to Wells Fargo Arena to watch the Iowa Wolves, the NBA G League franchise of the Minnesota Timberwolves! The Wolves begin the 2022-23 NBA G League regular season this November with their home opener scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5! 

About the NBA G League and the Iowa Wolves

The NBA G League, formerly the NBA Development League or NBA D-League, is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. 


Minor league professional basketball has been played in Des Moines since 2006 when the Iowa Energy debuted at Wells Fargo Arena. The Energy was one of the most successful franchises in league history winning the 2011 league title and three conference championships. Rebranded the Iowa Wolves after being purchased by the Minnesota Timberwolves prior to the 2017-18 season, the Wolves are one of 28 G League teams affiliated with an NBA franchise. Former Iowa Wolves Leandro Bolmaro, Jordan McLaughlin, Jaylen Nowell, Naz Reid and Jarred Vanderbilt were all valuable contributors for the Timberwolves in 2021-22 during their exciting run to the opening round of the playoffs. On the sidelines, Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch along with multiple of his assistant coaches coached in the NBA G League.  



The Wolves offer many affordably priced ticket options that put fans close to the action of elite professional basketball featuring talented players on the cusp of the NBA! Visit for ticket deals to all Wolves home games while tickets are always available for purchase including on gamedays at the south ticket office of Wells Fargo Arena. Group tickets, single game tickets and season memberships are available now! Call 515-564-8550 to howl with the Wolves all season! 


Fun off the Basketball Court 

The excitement and fun are not just on the basketball court during Wolves games! Help escape the long Iowa winters as the Wolves offer lots of family-friendly fun for all ages with exciting pregame activities, cool giveaways, fun in-game and halftime contests and games and talented local and national entertainment acts! And roaming the stands before, during and after games is our famous mascot, Alpha! Follow the Iowa Wolves social media platforms to stay up to date on all the HOWLING fun at Wolves games!  



The main arena parking lot is located between 3rd and 5th Streets, with an entrance on each street. It’s just northwest of the north entrance for Wells Fargo Arena. The parking lot is first come first serve and costs $10 per car (cash or card accepted). Metered street parking is available outside WFA, and Sundays metered parking is free in downtown Des Moines. 


Food and Drink 

Outside food and drink is prohibited at Wells Fargo Arena. The Wells Fargo Arena’s concession stands offer a wide range of food and drink options. All stands are cashless with the exception of the Exile Beer stand and the Dip N Pop stand. Guests can purchase gift cards at the Exile stand with cash, place increments of $20 on the cards and then use the cards at all other concession stands inside Wells Fargo Arena. 



The Iowa Wolves play a 50-game schedule that typically starts late October/early November and ends late March/early April. The Wolves are scheduled to play 24 home games at Wells Fargo Arena during the 2022-23 season. The Wolves recently announced six of their guaranteed home dates for 2022-23. Opponents, game times and the remainder of the 2022-23 schedule will be announced by the NBA G League and the Iowa Wolves at a later date. 


To view the Wolves’ 2022-23 schedule, membership and ticket opportunities visit