Want to meet Ivan Rakitić when he comes to Des Moines? Here’s everything you need to know to make that happen!
One of the game’s rising stars, Ivan is a key part of the Croatian national team and the world’s most famous team – FC Barcelona. Since joining Barça in 2014, the midfielder has scored 20 goals, including this one in the 2015 UEFA Champions League Final.
Oberto Brands is the presenting sponsor of his visit, hosted by the Menace in partnership with Elite Soccer Experiences.
- Friday, June 16 – First day of Ivan’s camp at Aliber Soccer Complex
- Friday, June 16 at 11:30 a.m. – Ivan meets with media at Aliber Soccer Complex
- Saturday, June 17 – Second and final day of the camp
- Saturday, June 17 at 4 p.m. – Gates open at Valley Stadium
- Saturday, June 17 at 5 p.m. – Iowa High School All-Star Game (boys)
- Saturday, June 17 at 6 p.m. – Bidding opens for Silent Auction of items autographed by Ivan
- Saturday, June 17 at 6:30 p.m. – The start of the V.I.P. experience at Valley Stadium
- Saturday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m. – Des Moines Menace vs. Thunder Bay Chill
- Saturday, June 17 at approximately 8:15 p.m. – Ivan makes an appearance on the field during halftime.
- Saturday, June 17 at approximately 8:45 – Bidding for the Silent Auction closes (60 minutes into the Menace's match)
- Saturday, June 17 at approximately 9 p.m. – Silent Auction winners announced (by the 75th minute of the match)
- Boys and girls, ages 7-19, are invited to join Ivan for two mornings of camp.
- Camp times are 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. for ages 7-10; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. for ages 11-14; and 10 a.m. to noon for ages 15-19.
- Sign up here to join Ivan at camp!
- Each participant will receive an autograph, a ticket for the June 17 game, and a training top provided by Soccer Master.
- Online registration closes at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 15. You can register at the camp site for an additional $20 ($180 total).
THE V.I.P. EXPERIENCE
- Register here for your chance to meet Ivan on June 17 at Valley Stadium.
- Your V.I.P. experience includes a game ticket, an autograph and a photograph.
- All participants age 6 and older must have an individual V.I.P. pass to be part of the line for autographs and photographs.
- Ivan will be meeting with V.I.P. members from 6:30 p.m. until halftime of the Menace’s match against Thunder Bay.
- Menace staff will greet V.I.P. members at a check-in table on the east side of the stadium (near the Kids’ Zone).
- Order by Monday, June 12, and we’ll mail your ticket(s) and V.I.P. pass(es).
- Online registration closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 16. If you register from June 13 to June 16, we’ll have your ticket(s) and pass(es) at Will Call on June 17.
- At the game on June 17, fans can purchase a $40 V.I.P. pass (not including a game ticket) by 8 p.m. at the ticket window or the merchandise stand.
- Please plan on supplying your own camera or smartphone; a Menace staff member will be available to take pictures.
- Click here to buy additional tickets ($10 for ages 6 and older).
THE SILENT AUCTION
- On Saturday at Valley Stadium, from 6 p.m. until the 60-minute mark of the Menace's match, fans will have the opportunity to bid on exclusive items autographed by Ivan
- Signed items will include two FC Barcelona jerseys, two Croatia national team jerseys and two pair of Ivan's cleats.
- We will announce the silent-auction winners before the end of the match.
- Proceeds benefit the Menace Soccer Foundation.
ONE MORE WAY TO GET IVAN'S AUTOGRAPH
- Play Chuck-for-a-Buck during halftime of the Menace's match.
- Each of the night's Chuck-for-a-Buck winners will receive a Menace soccer ball signed by Ivan, in addition to the respective sponsor's prize.