DES MOINES, Iowa -- The first two rounds of the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament won't start for another 16 months, but planning is already underway.
It may be new territory for Des Moines, but officials say they still have a good idea of what to expect. In 2013 they hosted the NCAA Wrestling Tournament which officials say is similar in size, but could be slightly bigger.
The Wells Fargo Arena is planning to have more than 16,000 fans in the stands and organizers expect at least 30,000 people will be in Des Moines for the event. “A lot of times they don't even go to the games they want to come in, hang out with their friends, go to the bars, they just want to be in the atmosphere of where the event is happening,” Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Greg Edwards.
Officials say fans are already calling about tickets for the 2016 tournament. The committee will meet with the NCAA in early December to discuss tickets and marketing. Officials couldn’t say when those tickets will go on sale, but in the past tickets have been available as early as 11 months before the main event.