Wichitans react to Mizzou player's 'there is nothing in Wichita' comment

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"I was praying to God we didn't end up in Wichita," Kevin Puryear said. "There is nothing in Wichita."

It's these words from a University of Missouri basketball player that aren't sitting well with Wichitans.

Marco Benitez, like many, is Wichita proud and eager to showcase the city for the NCAA tournament.

"It's tiring hearing that kind of statement whenever people come here to Wichita," he said.

Susie Santo, President and CEO of Visit Wichita said, "I think they are going to be  shocked about what a sports city we are because we love our basketball."

Santo with Visit Wichita says she caught wind of the comment and hopes to prove to people visiting that there's plenty to do here. 

"All the fans are going to have an amazing time with the community party. There is literally something on every corner around INTRUST Bank Arena."

Former Shocker Ron Baker chimed in on Twitter, saying, "Make your mark in March before you call out my city brotha!"

Downtown fan events will kick off Tuesday and last all weekend. Locals and visitors can enjoy events like fan fest at the arena or watch parties at bars.

Cade Nolte, Pumphouse shift supervisor said, "I'm just excited to impress everyone and I think that's what everyone down here wants to do." 

Visitors can even catch a basketball themed movie at the historic Orpheum Theatre.

Santo said, "Anybody that gets to come and play in Wichita is gonna love it. I love it when people come here and are unexpected about what an amazing time they have in Wichita."

Wichita pride that will be on full display this weekend. So, Kevin Puryear from Mizzou, proud Wichitans say, 'take that.'

Kody Evans said, "I think a lot of people will change their minds on the views of Old Town."

Benitez said ,"The entire city is being encapsulated with what's going on. We've been taking a lot of pride here in Wichita." 

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