To accommodate social distancing in 2021, tickets will be sold in reserved pods and on a per game basis. Fans will be asked to clear the Arena following each game. All spectators who require use of a seat must purchase a ticket. Cost is $10 per game. Doors will open 60 minutes prior to tip-off of the first game of each day and then approximately 30 minutes for each subsequent game or once the arena is cleared from the previous game. There will be a "no reentry" policy for Wells Fargo Arena to help manage social distancing and spectator traffic flow. Pass outs will not be allowed.
When purchasing reserved seating pods, the home team spectators (BEST OR TOP SEED (IF #4 AND #5 PLAY, #4 IS THE BEST OR TOP SEED) should sit on the team bench side of the arena. Visiting team spectators (LOWER SEED) should sit across from the team bench in the arena.
Home Team Sections: 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 124
Visiting Team Sections: 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120
Due to the capacity limitations this year, fans will NOT be allowed to greet their teams in the Main Lobby area of Wells Fargo Arena following games as they have done previously. Team/fan gatherings must occur offsite.
Venue & Parking Information
Wells Fargo Arena will be adhering to face covering and social distancing protocols. Face coverings are required to be worn at all times in the arena unless eating or drinking while seated. Spectators should sit in the assigned seating location printed on their purchased ticket.
All bags and purses are subject to search by Wells Fargo Arena security prior to spectator entry. No outside food or drink is allowed to be carried into the arena by spectators. Wells Fargo Arena has implemented a clear bag policy for all events. A maximum size of 12"x6"x12" is permitted. Exceptions will be made for bags containing items required for medical, family, or childcare.
Charter or pep buses carrying spectators will drive south on 3rd Street (this is a one-way street--- need to be in the right lane) and drop off fans at the south entrance of Wells Fargo Arena. From there, they shall proceed directly south on 3rd Street to Park Street, turn right and go two blocks, turn right on 5th Street. Parking, free of charge, will be provided in the right lane immediately west of Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. If full, buses would proceed straight ahead to the far north lot and park for a $40 fee or can park elsewhere at their own choice and cost. After 6:00 p.m., buses can also park on the street free of charge.
Individual vehicle parking is available in the lot immediately north of Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center. The lot charge is $7. Other parking options include parking ramps at 7th and Crocker, 5th and Grand, and 4th and Locust.
The 2021 Girls State Basketball Tournament begins March 1st and runs through March 6th at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, IA.
Tournament Scores & Brackets
See the latest scores and tournament brackets for each class thanks to Varsity Bound.
2021 Hoop Scoop (updated with 2021 state qualifiers)
Radio, Live Stream, & Television Information
The 2021 Girls State Basketball Tournament will be covered by radio stations across the state of Iowa. Additionally, the IGHSAU will provide a live stream for all quarterfinal and semifinal games on the IGHSAU Digital Network powered by MidAmerican Energy Company. All five (5) championship games will be broadcast live on-air and online by Iowa PBS.
Box Scores & Game Summaries
Below are updated box scores and game summaries from the 2021 Girls State Basketball Tournament.
The IGHSAU is proud to partner with Fine Designs to provide official 2021 State Basketball Tournament merchandise. Items will NOT be available for purchase on-site at the tournament. Fans are encouraged to purchase merchandise online using the link below:
Restaurant & Lodging Information
As you plan your trip to Des Moines, we encourage you to utilize our official partners for your team, school and fan needs. The partners listed below have invested in reating the very best student-athlete experience, so we ask that you support them if at all possible.
Holiday Inn Downtown Mercy Campus: For group booking, contact Kathy Mielke (515-283-0151 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chick-fil-A: University Ave. | Mills Civic Pkwy | Merle Hay Rd. | Jordan Creek Town Center
Jethro's BBQ: Drake | West Des Moines | Waukee | Johnston | Altoona | Ankeny | Ames
Information specifically for teams and qualifiers.
Information specifically for media personnel.
Tournament Photo Information
Thank you to Matthew Putney Media for capturing the moments of IGHSAU state events.