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Minor League Arenas
Published April 19, 2009
The financial standing of Intrust Bank Arena, given the current economic times, is among its most notable characteristics.
The $205.5 million facility will be completely paid for when it opens next year.
Voters in Sedgwick County approved a 1 percent sales tax, effective July 2005, to fund the arena’s construction. That tax expired on Dec. 31, 2007, with the needed funds having been raised.
Additional money from a naming-rights deal with Intrust Bank and other sponsorships will go toward an arena operations and maintenance reserve fund.
SMG will operate the arena, with its Savor division handling concessions.
“We have a large stake in this,” said Chris Presson, general manager for the arena with SMG. “We also want to do well for the community who paid for this facility.”
Inside, all premium seating is on one side of the building with an aim toward better customer service for those ticket holders.
Presson said the venue lets the city compete for concerts and other events to complement CHL Thunder game dates.