Five years of Intrust Bank Arena: the ups and downs

Intrust Bank Arena (KSN file photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – In five years time, a lot has happened at the Intrust Bank Arena.

“We’ve had about 1.9 million guests through our doors since we opened back in 2010,” said AJ Boleski with the venue. “So some amazing things have happened, amazing concerts, amazing shows throughout the last five years.”

Now, they’re looking to the future.

“We’ve seen great support from the community from ticket sales and that spurs more and more shows, we continue to do that,” said Boleski, “we can always improve and so we’re looking to focus on the shows we may have not had, some of the rock shows, trying to diversify our programming add some in the summer time so that’s where our focus is now.”

But while the arena has had much success, just across the street, buildings still stand vacant, something attributed to many factors.

“It opened during a huge economic recession, so I think we’re just not really starting to come out of that,” said Jason Gregory with Wichita Downtown Development.

But things are starting to look up and changes are happening from the ground up.

“We’ve seen some new development north of the arena, and I think we’ll see that trend continue,” said Gregory. “I think we’ve seen Old Town kind of migrate to the west, and I think you’re going to start to see that continued development in and around the arena.”

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