Des Moines Selected as Host Site for 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Des Moines will be a host site of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 2016.

The first two rounds of the 2016 tournament will be played at Wells Fargo Arena with Iowa State University serving as the official host.

Des Moines has tried multiple times in recent years to land the tournament but has been unsuccessful.

This will be the first time since 1972 that the tournament has been played on Iowa soil.



  • Troy V

    I have no doubt that this event will “sell out” and be a great event for DesMoines.

    Chris Connoly’s next big “get” should be trying to get Garth Brooks for multiple days during his world tour (if Omaha can get him, no reason DesMoines can’t).

    Now if they could just figure out their ticket prices are too high for the Big 4 Classic (how can you not sell out for that event with ISU, Iowa, UNI and Drake fanbases to pull from?

  • BrownSurgarC

    This is not a normal tourney. The Sports World will be shining it’s light upon DM. The residents will make or break this level of competition. Treat them rudely and they will not come back. We have the equipment, we have the logistics, but do we have the sensitivity and sophistication to pull it off? The national press will kill us off if our people do not act right!

  • Lisa

    I think they should employ DART to do transportation shuttles to and from area hotels (even to and from other towns close by) to ease the difficulty of hotels and transportation to and from the Well. If they can get hundreds of thousands of people to and from the Iowa State Fair every year, I would think they could handle an NCAA tournament. And the DART fair shuttles are great!!!!

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