Fans young and old enjoy NCAA open practices at Intrust

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You could hear school spirit chants surrounding the Intrust Bank Arena Wednesday morning. 

“Whoo! Shocker Nation Baby!” 

“Rock Chalk JAYHAWKS!” 

Fans were dressed in their school spirit clothes and eagerly waiting to take their seats for practice day. 

“You never see this many people here,” said one Shocker fan. “I’m happy to see people coming out.”

The arena played host to nearly 14,000 people on practice day and USD 259’s superintendent, Alicia Thompson says you have Wichita Public Schools to thank for that. 

“One of the things in the Wichita public schools is that we are preparing our kids to be college or career ready and this is an opportunity to show them and give them an opportunity to see what college is all about, that spirit!” said Dr. Thompson.

4,200 USD 259 students were bussed to the arena to watch their favorite basketball teams in action. One student said this was his first time seeing a KU player on the court.

“Well, I’ve watched them on TV but never been this close, it’s like so crazy cool,” said one USD 259 student before he joined a KU chant with his peers. 

“KU! KU! KU,” chanted the students.

Jayhawk fans were in full motion Wednesday but this is still Shocker nation territory and fans let that be well known.

“Once a Shocker, always a Shocker,” said WSU basketball hall of fame member, Cheese Johnson.

Johnson played as a Shocker in the 70s and says this type of attention is great for the city that he loves.

“This is great for Wichita,” said Johnson. “It’s a good lift for the city and brings a lot more excitement to the town.” 

Thousands of people have claimed downtown Wichita for NCAA excitement as we now have less than 24 hours until game day. 

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