“The community-wide support made this event a big win for our region,” said Greg Edwards, President and CEO of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We put out the call to residents, corporations and visitors to support this sport in our community and the response has been overwhelming.”
Hotel staff wore “Welcome to Des Moines” t-shirts and “Welcome NCAA” buttons. Businesses around the metro hung signs in their storefronts and lobbies welcoming NCAA student-athletes, coaches and fans.
“We’ve heard great feedback from visitors and locals. Hosting NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Regional Championship in Greater Des Moines was a slam dunk,” said Edwards.
The Des Moines Regional Championship led the other regions in ticket sales on Saturday, with a total of 7,941 tickets sold. Last night, 9,068 tickets were sold. Final ticket numbers from other regions will be available later this week.