Landon Arena

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Landon Arena
Kansas Expocentre
Landon Arena.jpg
Full name Alfred M. Landon
Former names Sunflower State Expocentre (1987–1998)
Location Topeka, Kansas
Owner Shawnee County, Kansas
Operator SMG
Capacity 10,000 (Concerts)
7,773 (Ice Hockey)
Opened April 17, 1987
Tenants
Kansas Koyotes (APFL/CPIFL) (2003–2014)
Topeka Roadrunners (NAHL) (2007–present)
Topeka Sizzlers (CBA) (1987–1990)
Topeka ScareCrows (CHL) (1998–2001)
Topeka ScareCrows (USHL) (2001–2003)
Topeka Kings/Knights (IFL) (1999–2000)
Topeka Tarantulas (CHL) (2004–2005)
Topeka Capitals (NA3HL) (2013–2015)

Landon Arena, better known as the Kansas Expocentre and formerly known as the Sunflower State Expocentre, is a 10,000-seat multi-purpose arena built in 1987 in Topeka, Kansas. It is currently home to the Topeka Roadrunners ice hockey team. Previously, Topeka Sizzlers of the Continental Basketball Association, Topeka Tarantulas and Topeka ScareCrows ice hockey teams played there. Many other shows, including concerts, perform here.

It has hosted the Kansas State High School Activities Association Class 5A boys and girls state basketball tournaments since its opening, and the KSHSAA Class 5A and 6A volleyball state championships since 1992. The arena also hosts the USA Wrestling Kansas Kids state championship tournament every March.

Landon Arena is the main part of the Kansas Expocentre. Other areas include Exhibition Hall, a building for trade shows, and Domer Arena, a livestock/horse show arena.[1]

Features[edit]

Landon Arena contains 7,450 fixed seats, with 2,550+ floor seats. The arena is climate controlled and features computerized lighting, closed circuit TV security, a state-of-the-art sound system, 13-foot (4.0 m) drive-in entrance, plenty of power, and built-in ice capabilities.[2]

History[edit]

The 80-acre (320,000 m2) site in the center of Topeka now known as the Kansas Expocentre has a long history of use for activities related to agriculture, farming, exhibitions, education and entertainment.

Landon Arena - named for Kansas' elder statesman, Governor Alfred M. Landon (1887-1987) was built 1987. To tie the old buildings to the new facilities, an indoor passageway was constructed between the conference center and exhibit hall.
It hosted the first Expocentre event with nearly 9,000 people attending a Topeka Sizzlers basketball game.
The Grand Opening of the Kansas Expocentre was on April 17, 1987 with a sold-out concert featuring Kenny Rogers, T. Graham Brown and Ronnie Milsap.[3]

Significant events[edit]

Landon Arena has been the venue for many concerts, family shows, trade shows, consumer shows, horse shows, dog shows and all kinds of exhibitions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ksexpo.com". Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  2. ^ "ksexpo.com Expocentre Facilities.". Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  3. ^ "Kansas Expocentre History.". Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
  4. ^ "http://www.riseagainst.com/events/detail.aspx?eid=55285&arch=arch&cmnt=1".  External link in |title= (help)
  5. ^ "http://www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com/event/2008/09/30".  External link in |title= (help)
  6. ^ Ogle, Ryan. "Kansas Concert Moved to Expocentre". WIBW News. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 

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Coordinates: 39°02′03″N 95°41′09″W / 39.034136°N 95.685854°W / 39.034136; -95.685854