The return of opening-weekend men’s basketball tournament games to Des Moines, Midwestern sites for three upcoming wrestling championships and three events on the Iowa campus were among 600 host sites for upcoming NCAA events announced Tuesday.
The NCAA unveiled sites which will host events in Division I, II and III through the 2021-22 school year, selecting 613 venues from more than 3,000 bids from schools, conferences, sports commissions and cities who sought to host predetermined rounds for 84 of the NCAA’s 90 championships.
Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena and Drake University were chosen as hosts for first-and-second round games in the 2019 Division I men’s basketball tournament, returning the event to an arena which first hosted it in 2016.
Iowa State hosted the tourney there that year, making the Cyclones ineligible to play at that site, but because Drake will host in 2019 Iowa, Iowa State and Northern Iowa will all be eligible for consideration as participants to play first-round games in Des Moines.
The NCAA also announced sites for its Division I wrestling championships from 2019-22, with three Midwestern venues selected to host the finals which will be held in Cleveland in 2018.
The wrestling tourney will be held in Pittsburgh in 2019, Minneapolis in 2020, St. Louis in 2021 and Detroit in 2022.
The Minneapolis tourney will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium, the home of the Minnesota Vikings and the first football facility selected to host the NCAA wrestling meet since Northern Iowa hosted the event at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls in 1997.
Iowa and Iowa State were selected as host for future NCAA events as well.
The NCAA Division I men’s swimming and diving championships will be held at Iowa’s Campus Wellness and Recreation Center in 2021, returning to Iowa City for the first time since 2015.
Iowa will also host a 2021 men’s and women’s cross country regional at its Ashton Cross Country Course and a 2022 women’s gymnastics regional at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
Iowa State was chosen to host the 2019 men’s golf regional at The Harvester in Rhodes, Iowa.
The NCAA also unveiled hundreds of sites for future NCAA Division II and Division III championships.
The NCAA Division III men’s basketball Final Four which Augustana College has been a part of twice in the last three seasons is moving. Hosted by Salem, Virginia, for 21 of the last 22 years, the event will be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana from 2019-22.
The NCAA also selected Cedar Rapids as the host for its Division III baseball finals from 2019-22, its Division III women’s volleyball tourney in 2019 and its Division III wrestling finals in 2020 and 2022. The NCAA Division III men’s volleyball finals in 2020 will held in Dubuque.