After a successful turn hosting the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament in 2016, Des Moines has been named as a host for the 1st and 2nd Round of the 2019 Tournament. Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines will be hosting 6 games over 2 days on March 21st and 23rd, 2019.
In 2016, Iowa State was the host school for the regional meaning that the Cyclones basketball team couldn’t play at Wells Fargo Arena. The NCAA Tournament selection committee works to protect top 4 seeds and have them play as close to home as possible. Even as a #4 seed, Iowa State had to travel to Denver for their opening round games. That won’t be the case in 2019 as Drake University will be the host school.
Des Moines will be one of 2 sites for the Midwest region along with Tulsa, OK. The other regions for the 1st and round rounds are Hartford, CT and Columbus, OH in the East, Salt Lake City, UT and Seattle, WA for the West Regionals and Jacksonville, FL and Columbia, SC in the South.
The 2019 Final Four will be played at the new US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. The Sweet 16 & Elite games will be played in Kansas City (Midwest), Anaheim (West), Louisville (South) & Washington, DC (East).
Artist Rendering of Final 4 at US Bank Stadium Courtesy of Minnesota Vikings