The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau, Iowa State University, and Global Spectrum, which runs Wells Fargo Arena, are bidding to host the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Wells Fargo Arena in past years has held Division I wrestling and women's basketball championships, and Des Moines hosted the men's and women's track championships in 2008, 2011 and 2012.

Dan Houston, president of retirement, insurance and financial services with Principal Financial Group Inc., is the honorary chair of a local committee charged with getting the tourney to Des Moines, said Greg Edwards, president and CEO of the Convention and Visitors Bureau, in a news release.