Wichita steps their game up for incoming NCAA players

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Wichita is buzzing with excitement as we all eagerly await the NCAA rush. The stage is nearly set and businesses are getting in gear. KSN has been scoping out downtown to see where the players and fans plan on staying while they’re in Wichita. 

“It’s tournament time,” said an excited Jayhawk fan. “You can feel the city coming alive.”

Jayhawk fans like Dereck Avera say he’s ready to fly. 

“It’s time to get on board.” exclaimed Avera. “The Jayhawks, they are good every year, how can you not be a Jayhawks fan living in Kansas. I’m excited that they’re coming to Wichita, the coach runs a great program, and they’re consistently good, and they’re going to be great here this weekend in Wichita.” 

KSN ran into dozens of KU fans downtown Monday. Most say they had a pretty detailed plan of their week in town and others say, they planned to go with the flow. 

“This is huge for Wichita so we are beyond thrilled,” said Susie Santo, Visit Wichita. “There’s a ton of things to do this week, and the real fun starts Wednesday with practice day in the arena. It’s free to the public and every team gets a 40 minute session.” 

Santo says Visit Wichita’s phones and social media have been buzzing with people looking for the best time to spend their trip but also people who are curious about where they should stay. 

“We’ve been busy preparing for the teams arriving and the NCAA to get here in town.  They will start arriving tomorrow,” said Tami Barker, Hyatt. 

The Hyatt was chosen at this years selected hotel for NCAA players coming into Wichita. 

“We’ve been busy on the phones all day, preparing for them, planning their meals, arrival times and getting their rooms set up appropriately, separate from other teams.”

Airbnb hosts have also been busy, making sure their ready for the rush. 

“This is a fully finished apartment; it’s got dishes, kitchenette and everything,” explained Loft 140’s manager, Melina Amber. “I’m actually making more money off of our Airbnb’s then our standard leasing.” 

Loft 140 is walking distance from Intrust Bank Arena. 

“This is specifically for NCAA, and we’ll take it down once it’s over,” she said. 

Airbnb units are typically less expensive than hotel rooms and other hosts that KSN spoke with say, their spaces were booked up almost two months in advance. 

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