WICHITA, Kansas – It was a huge event Wednesday at Intrust Bank Arena as the Foo Fighters performed at the arena for the first time. The concert brought thousands of people to Wichita for the first time as well.
The concert wasn’t quite sold out. According to Intrust Bank officials, there were about 10,500 tickets sold.
Fans began lining up hours before the Foo Fighters were expected to hit the stage. The economic impact from the event stretched several blocks. Nearby parking lots that charge for parking had no shortage of cars coming in. Many of the fans coming from out-of-town.
“You gotta love the Foo Fighters everybody loves the Foo Fighters,” said Cassie Bice of Dodge City.
Intrust Arena’s director of sales and marketing says this isn’t the biggest crowd the arena has seen, but it includes a lot of people who haven’t been to Intrust Arena since it opened 5 years ago.
“They only played a very select of dates in the U.S. and on top of that a select number of dates in arenas of our size so it was a huge win for us for them to pick Wichita Kansas to come to we’re super excited to appeal to a different genre of people and maybe a different fan base that hasn’t necessarily been to the arena yet,” said Director Of Sales And Marketing Christine Pileckas.
Fans like this family who made the trip from Kansas City for the concert.
“Been watching the Foo Fighters for 20 years ever since Dave Grohl was with Nirvana, so just kind of stayed with the Foo Fighters ever since,” said Chad Ryerson of Kansas City.
And while many of those who come in from out-of-town will be spending money at restaurants, bars and hotels– not everyone is staying the night.
“We’re educators so we have to be back to school in the morning and they have to go to school.” Ryerson said.