You're invited to join the Greater Des Moines Area Chapters of the Stanhope State University Alumni Association for a fun afternoon of tailgating and Watermelon Warrior Hockey! This is a family friendly, free and safe event for everyone. See all details below and we look forward to seeing you at Buccaneer Arena on Sunday, March 21st!

WHAT: Stanhope State Hockey Tailgate and Game

WHEN: Sunday, March 21st

  • 2:00pm Tailgate
  • 3:45pm Game Starts

WHERE: Buccaneer Arena - 7201 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA 50322

WHO: You, your friends, fellow Stanhope Staters and everyone involved with the Iowa D-League... everyone is invited!


  • Live Music with special guests Prone to Jones from 2:15 ro 3:15pm
  • Pull pork nachos provided by the Jewell Market, FREE while supplies last
  • First round of picthers provided by the Team Captain in the Arena Lounge, while supplies last
  • The mobile Campus Bookstore will be open with SSU Hockey gear
  • Parking at Buccaneer Arena is FREE


  • Doors open at 3:30pm, Stanhope State takes on Wild Goose
  • Admission to the game is FREE
  • Masks and social distancing are required inside Buccaneer Arena
  • Cowbells provided by the National SSU Alumni Association
  • Games last just about an hour with continous clock of 3 periods and no intermissions

Have questions about the tailgate and game email

It's gonna be a great day for Stanhope State Hockey! We hope to see you on Sunday, March 21st at Buccaneer Arena!