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Minor League Arenas

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.

Intrust Bank Arena
Tenant: CHL Wichita (Kan.) Thunder
Owner: Sedgwick County
Operator: SMG
Architect: Arena Design Consortium, with Populous
Construction managers: Hunt Construction, Dondlinger & Sons Construction Co.
Cost: $205.5 million
No. of seats: 15,000
No. of suites: 20, plus 2 party suites
No. of club seats: 300, plus 40 loge boxes
Groundbreaking: December 2007
Scheduled completion: January 2010

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.

—Theresa Manahan


Allen Event Center Cedar Park Center
Tenant: CHL expansion team
Owner: Joint venture of the city of Allen (Texas), Global Entertainment Corp. and MGHerring Group
Operator: Encore Facility Management (Global Entertainment)
Architect: Sink Combs Dethlefs
Construction manager: Hunt Construction
Cost:$70 million (includes parking garages and infrastructure)
No. of seats: 6,275 for hockey
Groundbreaking: July 2008
Scheduled completion: Fall 2009
Tenant: AHL expansion Texas Stars
Owner: City of Cedar Park (Texas)
Operator: Hicks Cedar Park
Architect: Sink Combs Dethlefs
Construction manager: Hunt Construction
Cost: $55 million
No. of seats: 6,800 for hockey
Groundbreaking: June 2008
Scheduled completion: September 2009
Hartman Arena Independence Events Center
Tenant: Wichita (Kan.) Wild (Indoor Football League)
Owner: Wink Hartman Sr.
Operator: Hartmoor Arena LLC
Architect: Law-Kingdon Inc.
Construction manager: Law Co.
Cost: $18 million
No. of seats: 5,000 for football
Groundbreaking: March 2008
Scheduled opening: May 2009
Tenant: CHL expansion team
Owner: City of Independence (Mo.)
Operator: Global Entertainment Corp.
Architect: Sink Combs Dethlefs
Construction manager: Benham Cos.
Cost: $60 million
No. of seats: 7,100
Groundbreaking: September 2008
Scheduled completion: November 2009
Lucas County Arena Compiled by Theresa Manahan
Sources: Teams, companies
Tenants: ECHL Toledo (Ohio) Walleye, af2 Toledo Bullfrogs
Owner: Lucas County
Operator: SMG
Architect: HNTB
Construction manager: Lathrop Co.
Cost: $105 million
No. of seats: 8,000
Groundbreaking: October 2007
Scheduled completion: Fall 2009
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