The NCAA announced this morning that Wichita has been chosen to host first and second round games for the 2021 NCAA men's basketball tournament!  This is quite a feat. Wichita was close but no cigar a couple times since INTRUST Bank Arena opened in 2010. But now with 2018 tourney games coming to downtown, commitment from local businesses and hotels to build and improve, the new Eisenhower National airport and Wichita State's explosive visibility with national success and a new conference home, the NCAA believes that Wichita is a new partner worth repeating!

So what does this mean for the city? Money. The economic impact for Wichita is tens of millions of dollars as tens of thousands of people descend on Wichita for next year's Big Dance. Often, a new tourney site would have to sit out and wait to see how they handle their duties before being considered again for another run. But the NCAA has a lot of faith in the American Conference and Wichita State. And of course, INTRUST Bank Arena has proven to be one of the busiest and most successful indoor arenas in the country.

This is something that all Wichitans can be proud of today!