NCAA Basketball 2016

A Community Committed to Success

There has been a lot of excitement in Greater Des Moines since learning in November of 2014 that we were selected as a 1st & 2nd round host for March Madness! With the buzz and enthusiasm growing at the start of basketball season, there was a lot of work behind us and still plenty ahead. The Greater Des Moines community has embraced hosting this event; between submitting letters of support, working on committees, volunteering, moving parades or creating new events to enhance the overall experience, it has been a real TEAM effort.

NCAA Division I Women

We have a tremendous opportunity to host 8 collegiate basketball teams, coaches and fans as they hit the road for the Final Four in Houston. Aside from being able to take part in the action in the arena, our community has also developed a lengthy list of entertainment options for locals and visitors coinciding with the tournament. Here is a brief look at some things to expect next week

  • Monday, March 14

    • Valley West Mall, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

    • Photo opportunity with an Official Werner Ladder, basketball hoop and net

    • Grab a photo and giveaways from Catch Des Moines!

  • Wednesday, March 16

  • Thursday, March 17

    • Session I & Session 2 of NCAA Basketball at Wells Fargo Arena

  • Thursday, March 17

    • Court Avenue Street Party Hosted by Mickeys

    • Hoops & Hops Party at Cowles Commons

  • Friday, March 18

    • Court Avenue Street Party Hosted by Beer Can Alley/The Exchange

    • Hoops & Hops Party at Cowles Commons

    • St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 12 p.m. MLK to 15th St turn on Grand to 8th St

  • Saturday, March 19

    • Session III of NCAA Basketball at Wells Fargo Arena

    • Hoops & Hops Party at Cowles Commons

    • Court Avenue Street Party Hosted by Beer Can Alley/The Exchange

 

Additional information regarding NCAA March Madness in Des Moines can be found at www.catchdesmoines.com/ncaabasketball.

We look forward to an exciting week! We hope you enjoy it and are able to take in some of the action!

Special thanks to our university host - Iowa State University and our partner - Spectra Venue Management for joining forces with us the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission to bring this prestigious event to our city!

 

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