What's Happening Around INTRUST Bank Arena During March Madness
The city of Wichita is abuzz with excitement as the 2018 March Madness Tournament debuts at INTRUST Bank Arena March 15th through 17th.
Whether you're attending the games and need something to do in between, or just want to get in on the festivities, here’s a list of things to do around the arena during the tournament.
For anyone hosting events, follow the submission link at the end of this article to let us know about it!
Wichita Brewing Company
Wichita Brewing Co. Tailgate
WBC is hosting a tailgate party outside INTRUST Bank Arena during the college basketball tournament. They will set up right across the street, to the west of the main south entrance, from INTRUST Bank Arena.
This tailgate party will have local food trucks, Hopperoni Express and Noble House Hawaiian Plate Lunch, with rumors of more being added to the line-up. Multiple HDTVs will be streaming all the games, tailgate games, local DJ's playing music, and a possibility of a live music show Friday evening.
There will be large tents to help cover the area and there's no cover charge to come and hang out. Note: there could possibly be a small cover charge if they have live music on Friday night.
Days Open: March 14 - 17
Hours: Wed: 11am-6pm | Thurs-Sat: 9am - 12am
Location: 311 S Emporia St
Courtside on Commerce
Xclusive Events will turn Commerce Street, just South of INTRUST Bank Arena, into a hopping entertainment destination. Plans currently include The Front Row Parking Lot as well as closing down Commerce Street and opening up its shops, venues, and art galleries as pop-up bars. There will be beer gardens, food trucks, shopping trucks, games for all ages, music and more. Each separate venue will have a different theme and feel.
Dates Open: March 15 - 17
Hours: 10am - 10pm
Location: Commerce Street South of Arena
Brick & Mortar
Battle of the Brackets at Brick & Mortar
Brick and Mortar will transform their 6,600 square foot GLASS 13’ tall beamed "tent" into Wichita's hottest "pop-up" sports bar complete with LED video walls, televisions broadcasting from every angle.
Wednesday, a live DJ will spin between basketball practices. Thursday and Saturday nights will feature former Miss Kansas, Emily Strom, and her dueling piano act. Friday night will feature country music acts and Saturday, St Patrick's day, the venue will be home to festive family activities including a pancake feed, face painting, local Irish acts, bagpipe players and Irish dancers.
Days Open: March 14-17
Location: 230 S. Topeka (access via parking lot at 229 S Emporia)
Wichita Festivals & Barleycorn's
Bracket Bash Presented by Barleycorn's and Wichita Festivals.
Located on the south side of the Arena at the corner of Waterman and St Francis, Wichita Festivals will put on three days of festivities in conjunction with Barleycorn's. Their exact amenities are still in the planning phases.
Location: Waterman & St. Francis
Wichita's FanFest will take place in the area just north of INTRUST Bank Arena. Watch games on a giant screen, grab a bite to eat and enjoy Wichita's welcome to basketball fans.
Guests can enjoy a live DJ, huge screens to watch the games, food trucks, beer and lots of fun games for the whole family.
Days Open: Thursday, March 15th
Hours: Open 2 hours before first game tip-off - TBD
Location: St. Francis Street between William and Douglas
Lou's, located at the Northeast corner of the arena, will be partnering with Cox Communications to bring you a fun fan experience of good food, good drinks and plenty of Tv's to catch the games on. Exact amenities, times, and location size are still being determined.
Location: 220 S Commerce St
Wichita's newest brewery is opening just in time for the tournament. Norton's will be hosting an album release party for Spirit of the Stairs. Wichita is home to this quartet that has been delivering intense and cathartic instrumental progressive rock to audiences all over.
Event Date: March 17th
Location: 125 N St Francis