Among the hundreds of organized sports events that will play out in Kansas in 2022, many exciting competitions are happening this summer in Wichita – the largest city in Kansas.
Many of the competitions are national events being held in Kansas for the first time along with a lineup of returning favorites. That means competitive action across Wichita and throughout the year for sports fans. Take a look at the upcoming roster:
The 50th annual National Junior Olympics, held July 9-16 at Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center, will see the nation’s best up-and-coming boxers take to the ring in one of the oldest and most historic USA Boxing national tournaments. This event is part of the boxers’ journey to international and Olympic success and has seen numerous Olympic medalists. Wichita will not only host National Junior Olympics for the first time in the city’s history but will also be the site of Nico Hernandez Returns, the first bouts in a new, combined amateur-professional fight series presented by Ares Entertainment titled “USA Fight Night.” It will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, at Charles Koch Arena. Hernandez is a Wichita native, an IBA Flyweight World Title holder, 2016 Olympic Bronze medalist, and winner of the 2012 and 2013 National Junior Olympics.
The Basketball Tournament (TBT), the 64-team, $1 million winner-take-all events televised live on ESPN, will return to Wichita once again in 2022 and is hosted by Visit Wichita and Wichita State University. Aftershocks, the Wichita State University alumni team, will serve as the featured team in the eight-team Wichita Regional taking place July 22-25 at Charles Koch Arena. In addition to hosting the regional play, Wichita will also be hosting one of TBT’s quarterfinals games for the first time ever. The winner of the Creighton Regional will play the winner of the Wichita Regional on July 28 at Charles Koch Arena.
The 88th NBC World Series will be played July 28-Aug. 6, with the first four days (July 28-31) to be played at Hobart-Detter Field in nearby Hutchinson and Wichita hosting the last six days of the event (Aug. 1-6). The format for this year’s event returns to a 16-team field. Four pools of four teams each will compete over a six-day period, with the top two teams from each pool advancing to a single-elimination bracket to determine a national champion on Saturday, Aug. 6. This is your chance to see the amateur talent and MLB hopefuls. Alumni include Albert Pujols, Jacoby Ellsbury, and many other big leaguers.
Wichita will host an NHL preseason game on Sept. 24 at INTRUST Bank Arena, home of the Wichita Thunder hockey team. The Arizona Coyotes and St. Louis Blues will face off in the first-ever NHL game in the city of Wichita.
Additional 2022 sporting competitions happening in Wichita:
- Greater Wichita Sports Banquet & Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year Award hosted by Wichita Sports Commission at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview – June 29
- Women’s All Pro Tour (WAPT) Heritage Classic Pro-Am at Rolling Hills Country Club – June 27-July 1
- USA Waterski Regionals at Mystic Lakes – July 29-31
- USA Waterski National Championship at Mystic Lakes – Aug. 7-13
- American Cornhole League (ACL) Pro Shootout at Charles Koch Arena – Aug. 19-20
- Prairie Fire Race Series Full Marathon – Oct. 9
Wichita Sports Teams to Follow:
- Baseball: Wichita Wind Surge
- Basketball: Wichita Wizards
- Collegiate: Friends University Falcons, Newman University Jets, and Wichita State University Shockers.
- Hockey: Wichita Thunder
- Indoor Football: Wichita Force
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