Monday, December 20, 2010
Wichita's Intrust Bank arena has been up and running for nearly one year, and has yet to have an event with a packed house. That is until a Shocker showdown Tuesday night.
The city of Wichita is expecting fans to flood to the arena as the WSU men's basketball team plays its first game there.
It has seen crowds of 12,000, 13,000 and even 14,000 fans for concerts and events. Tuesday, the biggest event will hit the court, as WSU takes on the University of Tulsa, in front of 15,000 fans at the arena.
"It'll be great for the fans, for the players, for the coaches. There will be 15,000 packed WSU fans, all the black and yellow you can see. It's good to see them get an opponent in here," Jeff Topping, WSU alumna.
"I think it will be just as big as it is in the Roundhouse. A lot of excitement, a lot of cheering, a lot of screaming," said Nichole Childers, WSU employee.
"I think it should continue. It's a good venue, and I think it's a great atmosphere and will be," said Bob Schmidt, WSU alumna.
Along with the record breaking 15,000 fans, comes thousands of cars. Where will everyone park?
"Many of the season ticket holders have first rights to the parking lots that have been part of the normal parking plan," said Ron Holt, Assistant County Manager.
General admission parking costs $5 per vehicle.
As with all arena events, free parking and shuttle service will be offered from Lawrence-Dumont Stadium to the arena.
If Tuesday night is a success, Wichita's arena could have a permanent spot on the sports map.
"The more people that go may be the best chance we have to get an NCAA regional," said Topping.
"I think it paves the way for us to have one or two NBA exhibition games each year," said Holt.
Most parking lots open as early as 4:00 PM. Arena doors open at 5:30 PM. Tip-off is set for 7:05 PM.
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