Intrust Bank Arena

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Intrust Bank Arena
InTrust Bank Arena.jpg
Location500 East Waterman Street
Wichita, Kansas 67202
Coordinates37°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
OwnerSedgwick County
15,750 (center stage)
10,100 (end stage)
Basketball: 15,004
Ice Hockey: 13,450
Field size32,000 sq ft
Broke groundDecember 4, 2007
OpenedJanuary 2, 2010
Construction cost$205.5 million
($241 million in 2019 dollars[1])
ArchitectArena Design Consortium (HOK Sport, WDM Architects, Gossen Livingston Architects, McCluggage Van Sickle & Perry)[2]
Project managerDIO Facilities Project Services[3]
Structural engineerWalter P Moore[4]
Services engineerM-E Engineers, Inc.[5]
General contractorHunt/Dondlinger[2]
Main contractorsMartin Event Services, Inc. (Security)
Wichita Thunder (ECHL) (2010–present)
Wichita Force (CIF) (2015–2019)

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 previously to the Wichita Force of Champions Indoor Football. 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 the 2022 women’s tournament. On December 29, 2018, the UFC announced that Intrust Bank Arena will host the first ever UFC event held in Kansas.[6].


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[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] In 2010, net profit was $2,010,736[10] with depreciation of $4.4 million.[11] In 2011, net profit was $389,659.[12] In 2012, net profit was $703,000.[13] Metallica set the all-time attendance record for a single-concert when it hosted 15,690 fans at the sold-out show on March 4, 2019.[14]


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
  • April 25, 2020 - PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour



List of Concerts


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  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 –
  5. ^ "Sedgwick County Arena". Reed Construction Data. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "The UFC is coming to Wichita. Here are some details for the March event".
  7. ^ Weeks, Bob (May 23, 2007). "Testimony Supporting an Arena Re-Vote". Voice For Liberty in Wichita. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  8. ^ "Arena, Fans Top 2010 Best of the Best Poll". Wichita Thunder. Archived from the original on June 15, 2011. Retrieved March 12, 2010.
  9. ^ "Intrust Bank Arena ranks in top 50 world ticket sales". Intrust Bank Arena. Retrieved April 16, 2010.
  10. ^ Behlmann, Emily (February 9, 2011). "'Wonderful Outcome' as Intrust Bank Arena Nets $2M in 2010". Wichita Business Journal. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ Gruver, Deb (March 26, 2012). "Intrust Bank Arena nets $390,000 in second year". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  13. ^ Behlmann, Emily (February 15, 2013). "Sedgwick County Expects $253K Payment from Intrust Bank Arena for 2012". Wichita Business Journal. Retrieved June 1, 2013.
  14. ^ Adams, Taylor. "Metallica sets attendance record at INTRUST Bank Arena". Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  15. ^ "Tulsa Golden Hurricane vs. Wichita State Shockers – Recap". ESPN. December 21, 2010. Retrieved December 21, 2010.
  16. ^ a b Wichita waits to hear on next round of NCAA basketball tournament sites; The Wichita Eagle; April 17, 2017.
  17. ^ "West Virginia Mountaineers vs. Kansas State Wildcats – Recap". ESPN. December 8, 2011. Retrieved December 8, 2011.
  18. ^ 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

Succeeded by