Two, Free Pre-Tournament Events Offered to Locals

Des Moines, IA –The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission invites the public to enjoy two, free basketball events leading up to the start of the 2016 NCAA DI Men’s Basketball Championship First/Second Rounds on Thursday, March 17.

  • Catch Des Moines Werner Ladder Photo Opportunity:

    • When: Monday, March 14 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    • Where: Valley West Mall, second floor

    • Attendees can snag a photo with a Werner ladder, the official ladder of the NCAA® Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, basketball hoop and half-cut basketball net

    • Giveaways provided

    • Created and hosted by the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission

  • NCAA Open Practice:

    • When: Wednesday, March 16 starting at Noon

    • Where: Wells Fargo Arena

    • Attendees can watch teams practice throughout the day

    • Individuals do not need a ticket to the tournament to attend

    • Schedule of practice times can be found here

Locals and visitors can find these events plus an extensive list of entertainment, ticket information and more at catchdesmoines.com/ncaabasketball.

 

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, the parent organization of the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to market the region as a visitor destination increasing economic growth and enhancing the visitor experience. The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission represent the following municipalities: Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Clive, Des Moines, Grimes, Indianola, Johnston, Perry, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Polk County, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights.