Des Moines to Host NAIA Championship in March

28 Feb, 2018

Des Moines will play host to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Wrestling National Championship this weekend. The Championship will focus on keeping the five core values of the organization at the heart of the athlete experience: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership. This event is expected to generate more than $1.6 million in economic impact for Greater Des Moines.

WHAT:  The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Wrestling National Championship allows top wrestlers from all over the country to compete for the title.

Catch Des Moines is the host of the event, partnered with Grand View University as host institution. NAIA, headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, is a governing body of small athletics programs that are dedicated to character-driven intercollegiate athletics.

The Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center at the Iowa State Fairgrounds will host the event March 2-3, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. & 7 p.m. Saturday. More than         240 wrestlers and more than 3,000 spectators from across the country will attend.

Price: Adult All Sessions: $45; Student All Sessions: $30; Adult Single Session: $16; Student Single Session: $12; Ages 3 & under are free

For tickets and more details regarding the event, visit

About Catch Des Moines: Catch Des Moines’ mission is to market Greater Des Moines as a visitor destination for meetings, conventions, sporting events and leisure travelers. Representing 15 communities, Catch Des Moines ignites a vital tourism industry - generating more than 18,000 jobs and $2.1 billion in travel spending in Greater Des Moines. For more information about the organization or Greater Des Moines, visit


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