WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Wichita Baseball Stadium turned into a football stadium on Sunday for its first major non-baseball event. Fans of the Jayhawk Conference Championship between Garden City Community College and Hutchinson Community College said the atmosphere of a football game at Riverfront Stadium was memorable.
“It’s different,” said HCC fan John Allala. “We saw how it was going to be on TV, but to actually see it, it’s pretty cool actually.”
“Bringing the game here just gives more publicity to both teams and Wichita in general,” said HCC fan Stephanie Luna.
Garden City fan Daniel Gutierrez said the stadium was full of local school pride.
“I’ve seen Derbys, Maize hoodies, so I guess they have kids here from those schools, so must be fun for parents to see that,” Gutierrez said.
Wylie Ernatt says he’s not a Hutchinson or Garden City fan, but he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend the historic event.
“Hopefully this is just a prelude to a bunch of football games going on here. I was a little curious to see what the crowd would be like, and it looks like we have a pretty good crowd here. .
Kendall Koerner and his wife Ashley came to see their son, Hutch Dragons team manager Rayce.
“He has high-functioning autism, and that allows him to be part of the team. It’s something he really enjoys,” Kendall said. football players, have really enjoyed him. They really include him, and he has a lot of fun with them too.
Wind Surge officials said there were more than 2,100 people in attendance for the game. Hutchinson defeated Garden City 49-19 to win the Jayhawk Conference Championship.