Businesses, police prepare for basketball fans

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Thousands of people are expected to visit downtown Wichita starting Wednesday.

"We're really excited to have the tournament here. We're excited Wichita was chosen. Knowing this, we've been preparing for this for months," said Deputy Chief Troy Livingston, Wichita Police.

The Wichita Police Department will begin their operational plan on Wednesday. 

"We kind of liken this to Riverfest. The operational plan is very similar. We plan for a lot of different contingencies to provide a wide variety of services, depending on situations," said Livingston.

Between 30-40 officers will be in the downtown core and separated into four zones, which are separated at the Douglas and Emporia intersection (see map below).

Officers will be walking and riding cars, horses, motorcycles and ATVs to maintain safety in downtown Wichita.

"With all the increased police presence, and the hundred or more cameras throughout Old Town, there's so many things in place that are going to make it just a really enjoyable, fun time," said Debra Fraser, president of the Old Town Association.

Fraser credits the partnership with the Wichita Police Department for safer streets in the Old Town district.

The Old Town Association will be handing out pocket maps to visitors. To view the map, click here.

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