WICHITA, Kan. With less than two weeks until Intrust Bank Arena hosts first and second-round games of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, detailed planning is falling into place. The biggest unknown is what teams fans can expect to see in downtown Wichita.
That crucial piece of the puzzle falls into place Sunday during the annual NCAA Tournament Selection Show.
The first-and-second-round games at Intrust Bank Arena will take place over the course of four days from Thursday, March 14 through March 17.
Ahead of the opening tip, the arena says on Wednesday, March 14, fans are invited to watch open practices for all eight teams competing in Wichita (four each selected to compete in the Midwest and South regions).
"Practice sessions will take place at Intrust Bank Arena and run throughout the day from 11 a.m. to 6:20 p.m. with each team having 40 minutes to practice," the arena says.
These practices are free and open to the public. There will no ticket requirement to attend the practice sessions and the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a free commemorative rally towel and between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Tip-off times will be determined with team selections Sunday. On the first day of games March 15, doors open 90 minutes prior to tip-off of the first game for Session 1, likely to start in the late morning or early afternoon. Session 2 follows the first session March 15. Second-round games in Wichita happen Saturday, March 17.
Intrust Bank Arena says during the tournament, the east lane of Emporia Street will be dedicated to drop-offs and pick-ups for hotel shuttles, rideshare vehicles and taxis. The arena also encourages carpooling to and from games.
You can find further information on parking for the NCAA Tournament here: Event Parking
“We’re excited to welcome eight great teams to Wichita and Open Practice Day will be a great chance for the public to see these eight
teams up close, and for free, and to experience the passion and intensity of college basketball in March,” said A.J. Boleski, INTRUST
Bank Arena General Manager. “We look forward to providing an exhilarating experience not only for Open Practice Day, but for the
entire duration of March Madness in Wichita, and we’re honored and excited to welcome the tournament to Intrust Bank Arena.”
Tickets to games are sold out, but tickets can be bouoght and sold through the official NCAA Ticket Exchange.