Iowa Events Center Preps For Wrestling, B-ball tourneys amid pandemic

(Des Moines, IA) -- The state's latest COVID-19 public health proclamation eases crowd limits for sporting events. Chris Connelly of the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines says the timing is good, given upcoming high school wrestling and basketball tourneys.

Connelly says since the pandemic shutdowns last year, they've have slowly brought back some events to Wells Fargo Arena and the Iowa Events Center. He says they have implemented "pod seating" and have taken extensive measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Connelly says while there won't be the typical, 13,000 fans at the high school wrestling tournaments, they will likely allow a couple thousand fans into Wells Fargo Arena.

The venue is also planning the the Iowa Ag Expo next month and the Deer Classic in March, both with a number of COVID-10 precautions in place.

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