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NCAA selects Wichita to host in 2018
WICHITA, Kan., 11/17/14— A news conference today at 1:30 p.m. announced that NCAA chose Wichita State University and the Missouri Valley Conference to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship on March 15 & 17, 2018 at INTRUST Bank Arena.
“Today is another example of the Shocker excitement that has Wichita charged,” said Eric Sexton, Wichita State University Director of Athletics. “WSU, in conjunction with the Missouri Valley Conference, is thrilled to be the host institution for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament. As we did with last year’s historic season, WSU will continue to represent Wichita with poise and class.”
“It’s a testament to how much Wichita loves basketball,” added A.J. Boleski, SMG General Manager for INTRUST Bank Arena. “We realize how much this means to the community and cannot wait to have Wichita’s world-class facilities in the national spotlight.”
“Throughout the arena’s construction, we all had dreams of hosting this tournament,” said Bob Hanson, president and CEO for the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. “During the 2004 campaign, the most frequently asked question was whether or not Wichita could host the NCAA tournament again. As we build toward 2018, the Sports Commission will continue to advocate for hosting the very finest sporting events.
Wichita was selected from a highly competitive group of qualified cities. Collaboration between the partners who submitted the bid and WSU’s basketball momentum helped position Wichita well.
Seven entities including Wichita State University, the Missouri Valley Conference, INTRUST Bank Arena, Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission, Go Wichita Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sedgwick County and the City of Wichita came together to create a winning bid. The comprehensive bid packet showed Wichita had the necessary facilities and a supportive community to host fun events such as a proposed three-day Fanfest.
“Wichita will provide a fantastic welcome to sports fans from across the country,” said Susie Santo, Go Wichita President and CEO. “Visitors will not only enjoy great basketball but also the community’s numerous amenities and well-known hospitality. This is a huge win for Wichita.”
1989 WSU Baseball Reunion
1989 Wichita State Baseball Player Reunion on Sunday, October 26th!
The Kansas Sports Hall of Fame and Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission are proud to announce they will be hosting the 1989 Wichita State Baseball National Championship Player Reunion meet and greet on Sunday, October 26, 2014, from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame, located at the Wichita Boathouse at 515 S. Wichita, Wichita, KS 67202.
This is a FREE public event. Players and coaches from the 1989 National Championship baseball team will be on hand to relive the magic moments of the 1989 season.
NBC Foundation Names GM
WICHITA, KS - The 81st National Baseball Congress World Series will be played next summer at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita with a familiar face in charge of the event. Kevin Jenks has been named the general manager and tournament director of the National Baseball Congress by the newly formed foundation’s board of directors.
Jenks, who was hired as a sales executive for the Wichita Wingnuts, also served as the 2014 director of the amateur tournament and was the operations manager in 2013. Jenks will step away from his duties with the Wichita Wingnuts to become the first full-time general manager and tournament director hired by the National Baseball Congress Foundation. He will report directly to the board of directors.
“I’m humbled and honored for this wonderful opportunity with the NBC Foundation,” said Jenks. “It’s motivating to see the passion our board has for the World Series and I look forward to carrying out their mission and vision.”
2014 NBC World Series