City leaders, NCAA Tournament organizers excited to show off Wichita


Kansas sports fans will get to see their favorite teams battle it out on the national court right here in Wichita. 

It’s been in the works for several years, and it’s finally almost game time. Organizers and basketball fans say besides the games, they’re excited for Wichita to be on the national stage.

“We’re excited we’ve been talking about this for almost four years now, planning it, and we’re ready to make it happen,” said A.J. Boleski, Intrust Bank Arena General Manager.

The court is set and Sunday people at Intrust Bank Arena worked on the media room and tournament signs.

But outside the arena, the City of Wichita, the sports commission, WSU, and Visit Wichita have also been working to welcome the teams and fans.

“It’s a great opportunity to show off Wichita and really put our best foot forward,” said Bryan Frye, Vice-Mayor.

“It’s a real cooperation between a lot of entities and it’s fun and everybody is having a blast doing it, I know they claim they’re tired and they’re working, but you can see the excitement in their face when they’re talking about it,” said Pete Meitzner, Wichita City Council.

Area businesses have also been getting in the spirit. City leaders say they’re expecting at least a ten million dollar economic impact.

With Selection Sunday over, organizers say they’re looking forward to making it all happen.

“Now we know and now we’re preparing for them, so it will be really exciting we got some good teams here,” said Bob Hanson, Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.

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