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Des Moines Ready To Host NCAA Games

People stand outside of the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Monday, March 14, 2016.
People stand outside of the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines on Monday, March 14, 2016.(KCRG)
Published: Mar. 14, 2016 at 7:24 PM CDT
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15,000 people will flood into Des Moines this week for the Big Dance. The Wells Fargo Arena plays host to NCAA Tournament games.

Teams including Kansas, Kentucky, Indiana and Connecticut will take the court Thursday and Saturday. This is the first time Des Moines has hosted tournament games.

It's a (big) event for us, we will have a lot of people coming through these doors and we hope to show them a good time and show them Des Moines as a city, as a region can support an event like this," said Adam Flack of Iowa Events Center.

Officials with the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau say their number of 15,000 is conservative, but all those people are expected to spend $3.1 million in revenue for the area.

Greg Edwards, the CEO of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, says the city is prepared for the influx of people.

"We've had multiple meetings with the police department and they've got extra people on hand around Wells Fargo, Court Avenue, some of the main Entertainment Districts of the city," said Edwards.

Des Moines city officials say they plan to apply to host games again in 2019 and 2021. The application deadline for that is in June.