NCAA Tournament 2018: Wichita
Wichita, Kansas is one of the first and second round locations for the 2018 NCAA Tournament. On March 15 and 17, Wichita State University will host in the city’s downtown Intrust Bank Arena, home of the Wichita Thunder. The city will hold a free outdoor Fan Fest on March 15, including food, beer, live music, and of course, plenty of opportunities to watch and play basketball. On March 14, the arena will be open for the public to view teams practice. Fans of all teams can celebrate with the area’s annual Delano Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17.
NCAA Tournament Wichita History
2018 ends a drought in hosting the NCAA tournament that lasted nearly a quarter of a century for Wichita. The last time Wichita hosted was at Kansas Coliseum in 1994, as it had done in 1981, 1978, 1973, 1971, 1968, 1966, 1964, and 1956. Competing arenas’ larger capacities eventually overshadowed those of Wichita. The Intrust Bank Arena opened in 2010 with a higher capacity than that of Kansas Coliseum, but it was the Wichita community's strength that won back the tournament. Wichita State University’s strong men’s basketball team garners loyal support, and the city’s proposed Fan Fest was said to win over the NCAA. Wichita is on the rebound as a March Madness host, recently earning hosting privileges for 2021. The other confirmed cities for 2021 are Boise, Dallas, Detroit, Wichita, and Omaha.
Wichita Ticket Prices
Wichita prices are more than likely to move as the matchup is set and the games get closer, so be sure to check back as March Madness progresses. To see current ticket prices, scan the event listings at the top of this page for a look at Full Strip and individual session offerings.