Wichita awarded NCAA tournament games in 2021

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Wichita will host first and second round play in the 2021 NCAA basketball tournament.  The games will be played at INTRUST Bank Arena.  Wichita State University will be the host.

Wichita had previously been selected to host 1st and 2nd round games in 2018.

"Landing the 2018 tournament was significant, but our goal all along has been to make Wichita a regular host. Securing a second bid for 2021 is another step in that direction," said WSU Associate Athletic Director and tournament manager, Brad Pittman. "We're grateful for the many groups that pulled together to make this happen and look forward to another opportunity to showcase our university and community."

The games are scheduled for Friday, March 19, 2021 and Sunday, March 21, 2021. 

The weekend could bring an estimated $10 million to the local economy. Money and visitors who will likely get a warm welcome by area businesses. 

""We're excited to be placed in front of eyes that don't normally see what we have to offer," said Daron Adelgren, general manager of the Pumphouse in Old Town. ""Old Town is the crown jewel of Wichita. So it's very positive when there are events going on in this area, and in Wichita in general."

His business is about five minutes away from the arena, and he'll likely see a lot of visitors for those big events. The extra attention is putting Wichita on the national map.

""This is a quality of life. To have this level of basketball in your backyard. It's also huge for visitors because we now get to showcase to visitors," said Susie Santo with Visit Wichita. "8 teams are coming and a lot of those fans haven't been to Wichita before. We get to show off what Wichita has, and hopes that they're going to come back."

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