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Happy Birthday, Intrust Bank Arena!

Intrust Bank Arena celebrates its sixth birthday this year! Bringing in big names like Elton John, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Foo Fighters, Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more, Intrust Bank Arena is much more than a great addition to Wichita's skyline. Check out this timelapse video of the Arena's construction.

Intrust Bank Arena Continues to Grow

Intrust Bank Arena has seen great success in Wichita since opening in 2010. Though year-end numbers for 2016 have not come out yet, the Arena boasted its second best year in history in 2015, with a net operating income of $1,150,206. The arena also saw outstanding placement in Pollstar Magazine's year-end rankings in 2015. 

Hosting a total of 131 performances, Intrust Bank Arena saw a total attendance of 439,767 in 2015. These numbers, based on worldwide tickets sales for shows between 1/15/15 and 12/31/15, placed the arena 35th in Pollstar Magazine's year end busiest arenas in the United States and 73rd in the world. Garth Brooks played a whopping six sold-out shows at the arena in December. Other sold-out shows included Miranda LAmbert Def Leppard and WSU Men's Basketball. 

2015 also saw 13 of the year's top 100 tours in terms of ticket sales, including:

  • Foo Fighters (ranked at 4)
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus (8)
  • Fleetwood Mac (11)
  • Cirque du Soleil "Vearekai" (14)
  • Def Leppard (15)
  • Ariana Grande (16)
  • Garth Brooks (20)
  • Winter Jam/Skillet (22)
  • Florida Georgia Line (23)
  • Jason Aldean (27)
  • The Harlem Globetrotters (35)
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra (69)
  • Miranda Lambert (81)

In 2016, the following artists with top tours in 2015 came to the Wichita Arena:

  • Luke Bryan (7)
  • Zac Brown Band (12)
  • Dave Matthews Band (18)
  • Winter Jam (22)
  • Brad Paisley (41)
  • Marvel Universe Live (42)
  • Trans-Siberian Orchestra (69)
  • Barry Manilow (91)

The upcoming year will see the return of Cirque du Soleil, the Harlem Globetrotters, Miranda Lambert and Winter Jam are scheduled to return to Intrust Bank Arena, and other top tours of 2015 will return to the arena this year, including:

  • WWE Live (9)
  • Neil Diamond (33)
  • Eric Church (39) 

"It's extremely Humbling to reflect on the type of year we had at Intrust Bank Arena in 2015," said SMG General Manager AJ Boleski. "I am beyond proud of our team for the accomplishments we achieved; it took teamwork, commitment and hard work and our staff stepped up to the plate and exceeded expectations every time. We're thrilled to be a part of the efforts to enhance the quality of life in out community through the diverse lineup of live entertainment and raving guest experiences we strive every day to provide."

Happy Birthday, Intrust Bank Arena! it's been a rockin' seven years, and we can't wait to celebrate with you for years to come!

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