Intrust Bank Arena is ready for the NCAA tournament

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After years of planning, Intrust Bank Arena is ready to open its doors for the NCAA tournament.

“I think it’s one of the best and biggest things that’s happened in Wichita in a long time,” Wichita resident, Sandra Foster said.

The arena found out it would be home to this year’s tournament back in 2014 and has slowly made changes over the years.

“It’s just about making the guest experience a great one. Some of it is small things but it all helps. People, when they come to an event, a game, a concert, they expect almost to have two seats. One to sit in and watch the game and one to stand or sit and have a drink or a snack,” Intrust Bank Arena General Manger, AJ Boleski said.

Boleski said the arena has added multiple charging stands throughout the building. They've also added public Wi-Fi and updated the concession stands.

“We basically doubled the size of this lobby,” Boleski said. 

That larger lobby is located in the arena’s north entrance. It was added in November for the tournament and will allow traffic to flow better throughout the arena.

Foster has been looking forward to Wichita hosting the games since the announcement was made.

“WSU did a great job of putting us on the map when they did so great at basketball and this is gonna put us on the map even bigger as one of those places to be when someone thinks about March Madness,” Foster said.

And fans are already looking forward to when the city hosts again in 2021.

“It’s been a long time since they’ve been in town and I went to the last ones and I’m looking forward to this time with Intrust Bank Arena downtown,” basketball fan, Terry Karst said.

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

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