NCAA kicks off with Open Practice Day


NCAA Tournament events kick off today with an Open Practice Day at INTRUST Bank Arena.

This is a great chance for those not attending the NCAA games to check out their favorite team, according to arena officials.

“All eight teams that have been selected to play in Wichita will be practicing throughout the day,” said director of marketing Christine Pileckas.

Open Practice Day

  • 11 a.m. – University of Pennsylvania
  • 11:45 a.m. – North Carolina State
  • 12:30 p.m. – University of Kansas
  • 1:15 p.m. – Seton Hall
  • 3:25 p.m. – University of Houston
  • 4:10 p.m. – University of Michigan
  • 4:55 p.m. – San Diego State
  • 5:40 p.m. – University of Montana

Doors open at 10 a.m. The first 1,500 fans will receive a free commemorative rally towel.

The arena is also holding a lunch special from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you buy a lunch combo, you’ll receive a NCAA souvenir cup.

Open Practice Day is free and open to the public. The event is also general admission.

“The sooner you get here for your team, the better seat you’ll get,” said Pileckas. “We hope we don’t have to turn anybody away, but we are preparing to have a full house for open practice day.” 

Pileckas added that 4,500 USD 259 students and teachers are set to be at Open Practice Day.

The arena seats 15,000 people.

Follow @INTRUSTarena on Twitter for real-time updates.

Security policies

Fans are allowed to come and go throughout the day to see the teams, but everyone is required to follow the arena’s security policies.

  • Small point & shoot cameras only
  • No backpacks, all bags will be searched
  • No outside food/drinks
  • Must go through metal detector

Transportation/Parking options

Traffic is expected to be heavier this week, according to city officials.

If you’re heading to Open Practice Day, the best way to get to the arena is by the Q-Line Trolley.

Trolleys are operating on extended hours and routes this week. Both Douglas and Old Town routes will run today from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

You can also drive to INTRUST Bank Arena. There are 15 parking lots available for the public. 

Wichita Transit also has buses running on its normal hours.

Another option is Bike Share ICT, with bicycles located all around downtown Wichita.

For real-time updates about parking, street closures and routes, visit or follow @parkdowntown on Twitter.

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