Intrust Bank Arena

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Intrust Bank Arena
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Location 500 East Waterman Street
Wichita, Kansas 67202
Coordinates 37°40′59″N 97°19′53″W / 37.68306°N 97.33139°W / 37.68306; -97.33139Coordinates: 37°40′59″N 97°19′53″W / 37.68306°N 97.33139°W / 37.68306; -97.33139
Owner Sedgwick County
Operator SMG
Capacity Concerts:
15,750 (center stage)
10,100 (end stage)
Basketball: 15,004
Ice Hockey: 13,450
Field size 32,000 sq ft
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground December 4, 2007
Opened January 2, 2010
Construction cost $205,500,000
($231 million in 2017 dollars[1])
Architect Arena Design Consortium (Populous, WDM Architects, Gossen Livingston Architects, McCluggage Van Sickle & Perry)[2]
Project manager DIO Facilities Project Services[3]
Structural engineer Walter P Moore[4]
Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.[5]
General contractor Hunt/Dondlinger[2]
Main contractors Martin Event Services, Inc. (Security)
Tenants
Wichita Thunder (ECHL) (2010–present)
Wichita Force (CIF) (2015–present)
Website
intrustbankarena.com

Intrust Bank Arena is a 15,004-seat multi-purpose arena in Wichita, Kansas, United States. It is located on the northeast corner of Emporia and Waterman streets in downtown Wichita.

The arena features 22 suites, 2 party suites, and over 300 premium seats. It is home to the Wichita Thunder of the ECHL and the Wichita Force of the CIF. It is the second largest indoor arena in the state of Kansas, behind Allen Fieldhouse, which seats 16,300.

The Wichita State Shockers men's basketball team uses the arena as an alternate site for games that attract more fans than can be accommodated at its on-campus arena, Charles Koch Arena. The arena hosted first and second round games for the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament in 2011 and the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament in 2018. The arena is also scheduled to host 1st and 2nd round games of the men's tournament in 2021 as well as a regional for Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games in 2022.

History[edit]

The facility was known as Sedgwick County Arena during early planning stages. It was meant to replace the Kansas Coliseum north of Wichita.

On November 9, 2004, Sedgwick County voters approved the downtown arena at a projected construction cost of $183,625,241[6] by a 52-48% margin.

On April 4, 2005, Governor Kathleen Sebelius signed the Intrust Bank Arena tax bill authorizing Sedgwick County to collect a 1% sales tax beginning July 1, 2005 for 30 months.

On January 10, 2008, Sedgwick County announced it had reached a 25-year, $8.75 million naming rights deal with Wichita-based Intrust Bank, the largest bank headquartered in Kansas. This complements a 20-year, $3 million deal with Cessna Aircraft Company to name an adjacent outdoor plaza, and a concourse area deal with Spirit AeroSystems.

It was announced on March 9, 2010 that the Intrust Bank Arena was voted the 'Best Arena' and 'Best Locker Rooms' and also voted third in the 'Best Press Box' category in the Central Hockey League's annual 'Best of the Best' poll.[7]

The Intrust Bank Arena cracked Pollstar's Top 50 Arena Venues for ticket sales during the first quarter of 2010. Intrust Bank Arena ranked 22nd in the United States and 45th worldwide.[8]

In 2010, net profit was $2,010,736[9] with depreciation of $4.4 million.[10] In 2011, net profit was $389,659.[11] In 2012, net profit was $703,000.[12]

Events[edit]

College Basketball[edit]

NBA preseason[edit]

Bull riding[edit]

  • May 7 & 8, 2010 – PBR Built Ford Tough Series: Wichita Invitational
  • September 23–24, 2011 – PBR Built Ford Tough Series: DEWALT Guaranteed Tough Invitational

MMA[edit]

  • April 27, 2013 – VFC Fight Night: Wichita 1 Marcio Navarro vs Jake Lindsey

Concerts[edit]

List of Concerts

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b Manahan, Theresa (April 19, 2009). "Minor League Arenas". SportsBusiness Journal. Retrieved October 25, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Facts & Details" (PDF). Sedgwick County. October 2009. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ Intrust Bank Arena – Emporis.com
  5. ^ "Sedgwick County Arena". Reed Construction Data. Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ Weeks, Bob (May 23, 2007). "Testimony Supporting an Arena Re-Vote". Voice For Liberty in Wichita. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Arena, Fans Top 2010 Best of the Best Poll". Wichita Thunder. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Intrust Bank Arena ranks in top 50 world ticket sales". Intrust Bank Arena. Retrieved April 16, 2010. 
  9. ^ Behlmann, Emily (February 9, 2011). "'Wonderful Outcome' as Intrust Bank Arena Nets $2M in 2010". Wichita Business Journal. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  10. ^ "2010 Sedgwick County Comprehensive Annual Report" (PDF). Sedgwick County Department of Finance. December 31, 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 17, 2011. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  11. ^ Gruver, Deb (March 26, 2012). "Intrust Bank Arena nets $390,000 in second year". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ Behlmann, Emily (February 15, 2013). "Sedgwick County Expects $253K Payment from Intrust Bank Arena for 2012". Wichita Business Journal. Retrieved June 1, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Wichita State Shockers – Recap". ESPN. December 21, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2010. 
  14. ^ a b Wichita waits to hear on next round of NCAA basketball tournament sites; The Wichita Eagle; April 17, 2017.
  15. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Kansas State Wildcats – Recap". ESPN. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011. 
  16. ^ Wichita picked to host March Madness games in 2021; The Wichita Eagle; April 18, 2017.

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Preceded by
Britt Brown Arena
Home of the
Wichita Thunder

2010–present
Succeeded by
current