WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita will host the men’s first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament in 2025.
The city will also host the tournament in 2021. Wichita last held the tournament in 2018.
All will be played at Intrust Bank Arena and will be hosted by Wichita State University.
“We’re thrilled to have an opportunity to host NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds for the third time in eight years,” said Brad Pittman, senior associate athletic director at WSU. “We’re grateful for the entities that pulled together to make this happen and look forward to another opportunity to showcase our university and community.”
“Being selected by the NCAA to host another first and second rounds of Division I Men’s Basketball is an honor,” said AJ Boleski, ASM Global General Manager for INTRUST Bank Arena. “We’re thrilled for yet another opportunity to showcase Sedgwick County and Wichita’s world-class facilities on a national stage.”
In 2022, Wichita will host the 2022 NCAA Women’s Sweet 16 at Intrust Bank Arena.
As for the upcoming tournament in 2021, officials are still planning it despite the coronavirus pandemic. Officials said they have been meeting with NCAA and local health officials in talks.
The basketball tournaments in 2020 were canceled due to the outbreak of COVID-19.
Newman University will host the NCAA Division II wrestling championships in 2024. It will be held at Hartman Arena.