AJ Boleski, General Manager of Intrust Bank Arena, was named one Billboard magazine’s Top Arena Managers in the Sept. 24, 2016 issue. This is a ranking of the top 20 venue executives driving the $20 billion global concert industry.
These executives are chosen based on leadership of the venues in two categories: buildings with a capacity of 10,001 to 15,000 and those with a capacity of 15,0001 or more. Boleski is among the 10 listed for arenas with capacities between 10,001 and 15,000.
The rankings are based on ticket grosses reports to Boxscore in the first eight months of the chart year (Nov. 10, 2015 through July 18, 2016).
“We’re extremely proud of AJ for being named among the concert industry’s elite by Billboard magazine,” said Lon Rosenberg, SMG Regional Vice President. “AJ and his entire staff at Intrust Bank Arena work tirelessly to promote Wichita to agents and promoters and to attract the best live entertainment events to their venue. This acknowledgement is not only a reflection of their ability to sell tickets but of their passion and dedication for this business and to their community.”
Billboard also mentions Intrust Bank Arena’s 5th anniversary and the leverage it provided the arena to attract bigger name acts, such as Fleetwood Mac, Bob Seger, Def Leppard and the Foo Fighters.
Intrust Bank Arena’s six Garth Brooks sellouts in December 2015 were also noted. These shows drew more than 76,000 fans to the arena and grossed $5.4 million.
“This recognition is a testament to the way this community has supported us over the last six years.,” said A.J. Boleski, SMG General Manager. “The vast resources we have within SMG as a company allow us to continually compete for the top touring acts and bring a wide variety of entertainment to Intrust Bank Arena. We’re proud to manage and represent this amazing facility on a daily basis on behalf of Sedgwick County.”