Wichita readying for NCAA tournament

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Years of planning are starting to come together in the days before the NCAA basketball tournament comes to Wichita.

Susie Santo of Visit Wichita says that citywide there are 8,000 hotel rooms; many of the rooms near the Intrust Bank Arena are booked.

Some tickets are still available through PrimeSport.com.

“This is huge,” Santo said. “When visitors come here that have never been here before we want to them to realize that Wichita is a must visit destination.”

Many people congregated in areas around downtown for ‘Selection Sunday’ where qualifying teams were ranked and paired to compete against each other.

“I'm glad we can have one of our teams here in the state come and play,” said Jose Rodriguez, referring to the University of Kansas playing in Wichita.

Thousands of basketball fans are expected to travel to Wichita for the tournament, which is expected to bring in big money.

“With that many people coming into town, its fantastic for our businesses; obviously for the restaurant industry, the bars, entertainment, it's going to be a really exciting weekend,” said Jim Jury. 

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