Spectators Sports Bar and Grill has announced its grand opening celebration will be held on April 11. The venue, which seats approximately 300 guests, has over 100 viewing screens including a 220″ projection screen on the main wall, a live feed sports ticker and has every sports package offered by DirecTV requiring over five and a half miles of audio-video cabling. General Manager, Lisa Battani, says, “The Spectator’s experience is one that transports our guests to their favorite live sporting event full of fun and excitement.” Todd Chapman, President of Satellite Center, describes Spectators as, “by far the most advanced system ever deployed in Des Moines for a sports bar.”
Spectators serves an elevated take on traditional sports bar food and drinks. Food and Beverage Director, Todd Lindberg discusses the kitchen, “our talented chefs are excited to create dishes from your favorite sports venue while following a fresh, always from scratch approach.” Besides Mr. Lindberg’s impressive resume, Spectators also has two top level chefs in the kitchen in Chef Jeremy Vokes and Chef Anthony Formaro. For the bar, Spectators has a state of the art 48-tap beer system that ensures customers will find their favorite brew and maybe discover a new one along the way and an array of wine and spirits to suit any customer’s taste.
Throughout Spectators, guests can view dozens of authentic autographed sports memorabilia. Sports Sales Manager at Fanatics Authentic, Eric Schwager, says, “The collection is impressive both in the uniqueness of the items and wide range of pieces displayed for patrons to admire… building the ultimate fan experience for customers has truly been a fun ride.” Ranging from Michael Jordan autographed piece of Bull’s center court to a Joey Chestnut signed Nathan’s Hotdog hat, the Spectator’s collection has something for everyone.
Spectators also proudly supports its local community and has donated or pledged nearly $200,000 to a variety of local activities including Southeast Polk’s Dollars for Scholars program, uniforms and equipment for youth sports programs throughout Altoona and even a camera drone for the Southeast Polk high school football program notably called “The Spectator.” President of the Southeast Polk youth tackle football program, Jamie Sargent, says, “Southeast Polk Youth Tackle Football League is greatly appreciative to Altoona’s new Spectators Sports Bar and Grill for teaming up with us. Spectators’ willingness to give back to Altoona’s community by supporting our league will enable Southeast Polk football to provide the education and equipment to help ensure the safety of our young and upcoming football players.”
Altoona’s City Administrator, Jeff Mark, explains, “The opening of Spectators Bar and Grill at the Adventureland Inn will cement Altoona as the home of the best sports bar in Iowa, if not the Midwest.” Altoona’s Mayor agreed, “Spectators Sports Bar and Grill is just another example of Adventureland’s commitment to keep their offerings and facilities at the top.”
Spectators is attached to the Adventureland Inn located off Adventureland Drive in Altoona, Iowa. Breakfast is served 7-11am, with a full lunch and dinner menu served from 11am-11pm and the bar is open until midnight daily.