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    Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    I'm not trying to start any rumors and I haven't heard anything. I was just wondering if events directors in Des Moines might try to get some tourneys in Des Moines now that the Wells Fargo Center is there. I don't think having the Big XII tourney there would be much of a problem b/c you could have the ladies play at Vets and the men play at WFC. Also I think WFC is as large and as nice if not nicer than most first round sites in the NCAAs.

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    Re: Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    They tried to get the Big 12's but did not make the cut. They are currently bidding on the NCAA's....2010 or 2012... not sure.



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    Re: Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    First round NCAA site is possible, but Big XII tourney isn't, IMHO. Des Moines just isn't big enough or "central" enough in the Big XII to cut it.

    I wouldn't be surprised to see DM host first weekend NCAA games though. That'd be cool.



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    Re: Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    Actually, I believe I heard a rumor a while ago that the Big XII basketball tournament would be permanently moved to the new Sprint Center in Kansas City, and the football championship game will have a permanent home in Arlington, at the new Cowboys stadium. I think it was billed as kind of a trade-off, football's closer for the big football programs in the conference (UT, A&M, OU - in the south), while basketball's closer for the big basketball programs (KU, ISU, probably KSU in a few years - in the north)



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    Re: Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by goldmember View Post
    They tried to get the Big 12's but did not make the cut. They are currently bidding on the NCAA's....2010 or 2012... not sure.
    Yeah all of the other big 12 schools would crap themselves if they ever had it in DM. They cried about our "home court advantage" in KC all the time when we'd pack it in there (never mind that it was in KU and Mizzou's backyard). Location wise it would be impossible to sell probably too since we're the farthest north school in the conference. It'd be awesome if we ever got to pull it off though!



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    Re: Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    I Think the problem with having the big 12 was lack of hotels.


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    Re: Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    I Think the problem with having the big 12 was lack of hotels.
    Hell, for a case a beer a night, they can come up to Ames and sleep on my couch, or take my bed and I'll take the couch. Two cases of beer gets them a "continental" breakfast.


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    Re: Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    Id love to see the NCAA Tourney here. Even if you don't have a team there, the atmosphere is awesome and any basketball fan should experience it.



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    Re: Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    Actually the problem with the NCAA tourney at least on the mens side is the fact that it's seating doesn't meet their minimum capacity requirement by like 500 seats. Funny it was published and known prior to them building the arena but they didn't bother to check into it. They can accomodate the hotels barely becuase the NCAA will allow them to get beyond the Downtown area all the way out to Ames etc. It's too bad too.



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    Re: Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by tec71 View Post
    Actually the problem with the NCAA tourney at least on the mens side is the fact that it's seating doesn't meet their minimum capacity requirement by like 500 seats. Funny it was published and known prior to them building the arena but they didn't bother to check into it. They can accomodate the hotels barely becuase the NCAA will allow them to get beyond the Downtown area all the way out to Ames etc. It's too bad too.
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    Re: Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    that is what i thought also, wont get nationals in wrestling, nor ncaa mens because arena's seating capacity isn't large enough. even the site of the mo valley in omaha was over 21,000.



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    Re: Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    from a reliable source, i was told that wells fargo arena is 12 seats short(yes i said 12 seats) of being eligable to host an ncaa first round game.



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    Re: Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by clonerules View Post
    from a reliable source, i was told that wells fargo arena is 12 seats short(yes i said 12 seats) of being eligable to host an ncaa first round game.
    Could they put out 12 folding chairs to fix that?


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    Re: Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    If they didn't pimp "Arch Madness" so much, it'd be a nice site for the MVC tourney.



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    Re: Big XII/NCAA tourney in Des Moines?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclone62 View Post
    Could they put out 12 folding chairs to fix that?
    I am sorry but if that was the case they would find a way to add 12 more seats. I would believe the 500 number, but 12 is something they could and would add in a instant if they could get the NCAA tourney



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