Iowa Wolves sign 5-year lease with Polk County

DES MOINES — The Iowa Wolves, NBA G League affiliate of the Minnesota Timberwolves, today announced the team has agreed in principle with Polk County and Spectra to a five-year lease extension beginning with the 2018-19 season.

“We’re thrilled as an organization to extend our lease with Polk County and Wells Fargo Arena for another five seasons,” Iowa Wolves president of Business Operations Ryan Grant said. “Des Moines is one of the top cities in the country for minor league sports and we look forward to continue growing our relationship with the community.”

On May 3, 2017, the Minnesota Timberwolves and NBA G League announced the final sale of majority ownership in the Iowa Energy to Glen Taylor. The rebranded Iowa Wolves played its first home game on Nov. 4, 2017, a 96-92 win at Wells Fargo Arena over the Lakeland Magic.

During the Wolve’s first season at Wells Fargo Arena, the team averaged 3,530 fans per game, ranking 5th in the NBA G League.

“The Iowa Wolves have brought a new and exciting brand of professional basketball to the city of Des Moines since the team’s inception,” Angela Connolly, the chair of the Polk County Board of Supervisors, said. “We look forward to working with the Wolves to strengthen their ties and expand their pack within the community.”