PARKING PROBLEM: Wrestling Tourney Gridlock

NCAA Wrestling fans will be flocking to Des Moines this week as Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall host the Division I Wrestling Championship and Fan Fest.

Arena officials and police have prepared a plan to keep traffic flowing and get the crowds from the parking lot to their seats without too much hassle.

“There’s going to be 20-25,000 people here for the tournament in some capacity,” Adam Flack with the Iowa Events Center.

So finding places for them to park and helping them spend less time in traffic is crucial.

Tournament organizers have been working with DART and the Des Moines Police Department to alleviate congestion by spreading out the crowd and avoiding downtown gridlock.

“If you’re staying at a hotel out west, it will be easy for you to park at Valley West Mall, park your car for free, hop on the DART bus and get down here.”

If you’re coming in from the east, Principal Park has opened its lot for $10 per car, then a free shuttle will bring you to the front doors of the Well.

If you plan to park in the Iowa Events Center lot, it’s going to be packed. The Des Moines Police will mainly be concerned with keeping traffic around the arena moving.  About twenty off duty officers have been hired to work 3rd Street.

Additional officers will work the highways.

Check out the parking map for the NCAA Wrestling tournament here and take a look at other transportation and parking options here.