WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE)- The NCAA is coming to Wichita in 2025. 

“The more sporting events that we host in our city, it just continues to put us on the map,” said Josh Howell, sports VP Visit Wichita. 

He says local sporting events bring in tons of people, like when Wichita hosted the 2018 NCAA Division 1 men’s Basketball first and second Rounds. 

“That was just incredible economic impact for the city. The buzz it created around town was unmatched,” said Howell. 

The games brought 6.2 million dollars to the community from that NCAA tournament in 2018. 

In 2022 Wichita also hosted the NCAA women's Sweet 16 and Elite 8.

Wichita makes a good centralized location for sporting events of all kinds. 

“When we get players here, and coaches here, and people here spending money on our community in our city that benefits all of us,” said Jemelle Holopirek, with Visit Wichita. 

Wichita actually has a 1.5 billion dollar tourism industry fueled by the six million annual visitors but there’s no sign it’s slowing down. Tourism benefits the ICT in ways you wouldn’t expect. 

“That helps us pay less taxes, it lets us keep our businesses open, and we get better restaurants, and some of those local places we love to go to like Doo-Dah Diner or some of our local businesses. Those places stay open and they thrive because that money is coming into our community,” said Holopirek. 

She hopes to bring in millions of dollars again when Wichita hosts the 2025 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship first and second rounds next year at Intrust Bank Arena. 

“Right over here at Intrust Bank Arena all those people coming in to watch basketball. You know they’ve gotta eat somewhere right? They’ve gotta shop somewhere and we want them to spend their money in Wichita,” said Holopirek.