INTRUST Bank Arena Information
During the early planning stages of INTRUST Bank Arena in 2007, it was decided that the venue would replace the Kansas Coliseum that had been showing its age. The venue finished construction in about 3 years and opened its doors on January 2, 2010. Originally, the arena was going to be called the Sedgwick County Arena, but county officials announced on January 10, 2008, that it had reached a 25-year naming rights deal with INTRUST Bank, that would sell naming rights to the venue for $8.75 million. This deal, as well as a 1% 2005 INTRUST Bank Arena tax bill, helped offset the venue’s projected construction cost of $183,625,241.
At present, the Venue has a maximum capacity of 15,004 seats during most events, with conversion options to allow 13,450 fans to enjoy hockey matches at the arena as well as over 15,000 and 10,000 seats during center-stage and end-stage concerts respectively. The arena’s capacity makes it the second-largest indoor arena in Kansas, beaten only by the Allen Fieldhouse by a small margin.
The arena, located on the northeast corner of Emporia and Waterman streets in downtown Wichita, features 22 suites, 2 party suites, and over 300 premium level seats. The Wichita Thunder of the ECHL and the Wichita Force of the CIF call the arena home. The Wichita State Shockers men’s basketball team uses the arena as an alternate site for games that attract more fans than can fit on their on-campus arena. It has also hosted the first and second-round games for the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament in 2011 and the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. In 2021, the arena will also host 1st and 2nd round games of the men’s tournament as well as a regional for Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games in the 2022 women’s tournament. It has also been announced on December 29, 2018, that the UFC will host the first-ever UFC event held in Kansas at INTRUST Bank Arena.
The care and love that was put towards the venue’s construction hasn’t gone unnoticed by fans and critics alike as shown by a March 9, 2010 announcement that INTRUST Bank Arena was voted the ‘Best Arena’ and ‘Best Locker Rooms’ as well as third place in the ‘Best Press Box’ category in the CHL’s annual ‘Best of the Best’ poll. INTRUST Bank Arena also broke into Pollstar’s Top 50 Arena Venue for ticket sales list during the first quarter of 2010. The arena was ranked as the 22nd best arena in the US and 45th best worldwide that same year. During its initial opening year, the venue earned a net profit of over $2 million. But the biggest night for the arena would come when Metallica played for a record-busting sold-out crowd when 15,690 fans came to their show on March 4, 2019.
NTRUST Bank Arena has the goal of building long-lasting memories through the best entertainment around and its modern state-of-the-art facilities are perfect for that goal. It is used for concerts, sporting events, conventions, and several other special events. It is located in the heart of downtown Wichita with trendy restaurants, shops, and entertainment options nearby and features leading acoustics and sound systems for arenas across the country. When you visit INTRUST Bank Arena, you are visiting quality that will last a lifetime.
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