Local universities provide lots of action on the basketball courts. Wichita State University is a Division 1-A team competing in the Missouri Valley Conference. Big 12 action is nearby at the University of Kansas and Kansas State University to the north or Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma to the south.
Wichita is home to the Wichita Wingnuts, proud members of the American Association of Professional Baseball. The Wingnuts play their home games at 6,400-seat Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in downtown Wichita. Lawrence-Dumont also hosts the prestigious National Baseball Congress amateur tournament each August.
Wichita State University is home to one of the finest college baseball stadiums in the country, and the Shockers are perennial powers in the Missouri Valley Conference. With one national championship under their belt, you can watch the Shockers make a run for the College World Series each spring.
The Wichita Wild of the United Indoor Football League play their home games at the 5,000-seat Hartman Arena in Park City, just north of Wichita. Additionally, local colleges compete on the gridiron and Big 12 action is just up the road. Fans of the National Football League will enjoy a trip north to Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Wichita Thunder hockey team competes in the Central Hockey League. Currently home ice is in the 9,600-seat Kansas Coliseum, but the Thunder 2010 season will be played in the new 15,000-seat Intrust Arena.
For the racing fans, Wichita features the 81 Speedway where you can catch local or national dirt-track racing.