Wichita prepares for NCAA crowd

WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

In just two weeks, downtown Wichita will host 15 thousand people as the NCAA tournament comes to town.

And the City of Wichita is doing its best to accommodate the crowd.

Jason Gregory and the rest of the team at Downtown Wichita have outlined parking options for the tournament, including three free lots and transportation to the arena.

"Catch the shuttle, and it will literally take you to almost the door front of the arena,” says Gregory, Executive Vice President of Downtown Wichita.

If you already have a place to park in the downtown area, the Q line is another option. It will pick you up for free and take you where you need to go.

The tournament will bring more than basketball games.

A block of South Commerce Street will shut down to traffic on Thursday and Saturday and transform into a block party.

"We're turning a blank space into essentially a fun bar,” says Crystal McDonald.

McDonald and her brother are behind Xclusive Events.

They’re drawing inspiration from places like the Vegas Strip and Kansas City’s Power and Lights District for the open-container Courtside on Commerce.

“We’ll have more food trucks over here, games in the middle of the street, some shopping, some vendors, it's essentially a block party."

It’s fun for sports fans and non sports-fans alike.

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