The Big Dance is coming back to Des Moines and Wells Fargo Arena — in 2019.
The NCAA announced the host sites for the 2019 NCAA Tournament on Tuesday and Iowa’s capital city made the cut. Drake will be the event’s host school, making Iowa State eligible to potentially play just down the road from Ames.
2019 #MarchMadness sites
First Four: Dayton
Salt Lake City
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 18, 2017
Des Moines hosted the event for the first time in 2016 with Iowa State as the host school. The city drew rave reviews and got a draw that included blue-blood programs Kentucky, Indiana and Kansas plus high-profile program UConn.
Also, Kansas City was named a regional semifinal/championship site which could make for a Cyclone fans’ dream back-to-back weekends of NCAA tournament basketball. Oh, and the Final Four will be played in Minneapolis.
Obviously, the 2019 tournament is quite a ways down the road, but there’s no doubt this is huge news for Central Iowa.