WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) - Wichita continues to get ready for the NCAA Tournament.
And now the stage, where the games will be played, has been set, literally.
Crews have been working hard to get Intrust Bank Arena place ready for thousands of college basketball fans.
But the level of excitement to host part of the tournament makes all the hard work easy.
It takes 225 moving pieces to create an NCAA basketball court.
"A lot of moving pieces that have to work together to make everything happen the way it's supposed to," said Andrew Ledford, Connor Sports floor tech.
Crews spent several hours nailing and moving the portable basketball court together. But those working said the hard work pays off.
"There's definitely a sense of pride when the arena fills up and everybody's cheering knowing that we were a part of making everything happen for this event," said Ledford.
People have also been arranging rooms for teams, trainers, and food at the arena this weekend for the big games, and shutting down what's left of last week's events.
"We've had a really busy week leading up to this, but we're finally here in full NCAA preparation mode," said Christine Pileckas, Director of Marketing.
Pileckas says for special projects like the court, they hire outside people to help get the job done.
She says everyone is working hard to make Wichita look it's best in the national spotlight.
The Jayhawks will be the headliner among eight teams coming to Wichita this week for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament at Intrust Bank Arena.
Before the games begin, you can catch all eight teams in open practices Wednesday at the arena.
KU, the Midwest Region's No. 1 seed tips off against No. 16 seed Penn at 12:50 p.m. Thursday. If you want to see what the Quakers are made of ahead of the big game, you can watch them in an open practice at 11 a.m. Wednesday.