IHSAA changes state events

DES MOINES — Change is coming for those that compete in boys basketball and swimming.

At a recent board meeting, the Iowa High School Athletic Association voted to change the dates of the boys state basketball tournament and move the boys swim meet.

The boys state basketball tournament held here at Wells Fargo Arena will run over five days and end on Friday instead of Saturday for the first time.

Seven games will be contested on both Monday and Tuesday starting at 9:30 a.m., while the other three days will begin with games at 10:30 a.m.

Consolation games will continue as they have since 1929, with the four championship games being played Friday afternoon and evening. The order of play will remain Class 1A-4A with all days being a one session ticket.

Des Moines has played the host site for state basketball for the past 55 years and 61 of the last 63. This season marks the 107th boys state basketball tournament overall and 96th under the supervision of the IHSAA.

“Our goal in moving the state basketball tournament to a 5-day event is to reduce conflicts with college basketball tournaments and spring breaks that many school districts are engaged in and provide our schools, communities and fans a shorter tournament week experience,” IHSAA Executive Director Alan Beste said. “We believe we can create more of a championship environment by playing all championship games on the same day – Championship Friday.

“Each day/evening of the tournament will be considered a single session ticket whereby all games on a given day will be included in the admission price.”

The state swim meet will move from Marshalltown to Iowa City, as a three-year contract was approved. Iowa City West, Iowa City High and Linn-Mar will serve as host schools. It will take place Feb. 10.

Previously, the natatorium in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center at the University of Iowa has hosted the 2015 NCAA Championships, and will also do so in 2021 and ’22.

“The Marshalltown YMCA/YWCA and Marshalltown Community Schools were exceptional hosts and the Y provided a great venue for our state swimming championships,” Beste said. ” The move to The University of Iowa’s Campus Recreation and Wellness Center provides an opportunity for our championships to be held at a site where the NCAA Men’s Championships have been held and will be held again in the future.”

Marshalltown hosted the state swim meet from 2005-17 after taking over for the University of Iowa Field House Pool. A total of 10 different venues have hosted.