Wichita beefing up security ahead of NCAA tournament

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Thousands of visitors from around the country will be in Wichita for the NCAA tournament. 

It's an event the city and businesses have been preparing for months.

"We will be obviously having an increased security staff,” Pumphouse General Manager, Daron Adelgren said.

On some weekend nights Pumphouse, a popular bar and grill in Old Town serves more than a thousand customers. The restaurant has 60 cameras both inside and outside to keep its patrons safe.

Adelgren also says for the week of the tournament he's beefing up his security and staff.

"We normally run on weekends with a significant security staff but we will be increasing that for what is expected to be one of the busiest, if not the busiest week of the year,” Adelgren said.

The Wichita Police Department is also getting ready. While it wouldn't give details, expect to see more officers on the streets.

"I know we will have officers on foot, we'll have officers on bicycle, we'll have officers in patrol vehicles,” Officer Charley Davidson said.

They'll also be using security cameras to control the crowds outside where, alleys will turn into party districts. Commerce street will be home to Xclusive Event Services' block party.

"We have hired private security. We've hired Wichita Police Department to come out. We're working hand in hand with them to make sure this is a safe, fun event,” Co-owner of Xclusive Event Services, Cody Lathorp said.

The company is also putting up barricades around the block party to ensure that no traffic flows through the street.

"Them just adding a few security guards and everything, a little heightened security should be good. I don't see anything wrong with it,” Old Town resident, Jared Macnaught said.

Wichita will host the first and second rounds of this year's NCAA tournament on March 15th and 17th.

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