Wichita State, INTRUST Bank Arena & Wichita were dealt a blow Monday when the NCAA announced sites for the 2014 & 2015 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournaments.
"I'm not sure you really expect to get it the first time," said basketball fan Lowell Richardson. "I heard that on the television this morning and i'm a little disappointed, but I think it's one of those things you keep trying."
This is the second time since INTRUST Bank Arena opened that Wichita has missed out on second and third round games. WSU also placed a bid two years ago for the 2012 or 2013 tournament.
"I thought we had maybe a chance to get one year," said Bob Hanson, president and CEO of the Greater Wichita Sports Commission.
The two closest cities to receive bids are St. Louis (ScottTrade Center), which was awarded a 2014 2nd/3rd round, and Omaha (CenturyLink Center), which will host in 2015.
"They gave us a very generic explanation," said Eric Sexton, Wichita State University's Athletic director about why Wichita didn't get the bid. "And I'm not going to take that for the absolute answer."
Organizers are looking at what they can do to improve their chances at winning a bid for the next round of tournament sites in 2016 and 2017.
A selection for Wichita would have been a boost to the local economy with fans, teams, and media coming to town.
Click here to see the complete lists of sites selected for the 2014-15 tournaments.