(Wichita, Kan.) – The SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena finished the first quarter of 2016 ranked as the 41st busiest arena in the United States and 81st in the world in Pollstar Magazine’s Top 100 Arena Rankings. INTRUST Bank Arena was also the fourth highest ranked arena in the continental United States managed by SMG, the Philadelphia-based venue operator that manages more than 240 facilities, nearly 70 arenas and over 1.75 million seats worldwide.
Several other SMG facilities made the Top 100 Arena Rankings, including Tulsa’s BOK Center (ranked 32nd in the world), Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena (ranked 94th in the world) and Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena (ranked 95th in the world). The rankings are determined by tickets sold worldwide for concerts from January 1, 2016 to March 31, 2016. Pollstar totals do not include tenant sport team ticket counts, some family shows, or SMG-produced special events. Pollstar is a weekly trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry.
“It’s been a great start to the year so far,” said A.J. Boleski, SMG General Manager. “We hosted a wide variety of events throughout the first quarter including PBR, Barry Manilow, Brad Paisley, Disney On Ice and Fall Out Boy. 2016 will be another exciting year for INTRUST Bank Arena and we’re looking forward to several more concert and event announcements still to come.”
The arena has already announced an exciting lineup for the remainder of 2016. Rock legends KISS will make their first appearance in Wichita in more than 15 years when they bring their Freedom to Rock tour to INTRUST Bank Arena July 25, and country superstar Carrie Underwood returns for the first time since 2012 on Nov. 22. Additional upcoming events at INTRUST Bank Arena include Marvel Universe Live (April 14-17), Shrine Circus (April 22-24), Dave Matthews Band (May 11), Luke Bryan (May 13), Journey and The Doobie Brothers (May 23) and more. For a full list of upcoming events, please visit www.intrustbankarena.com.
The arena also announced details last month of a new SMG special event scheduled for this July. DodgeBrawl, slated for Saturday, July 16, 2016, is a one-day adult dodgeball tournament that allows teams to play for a charity/non-profit of their choice. Each winning team’s selected charity/non-profit receives a financial donation on behalf of the tournament. Registration is now open; more information can be found at www.intrustbankarena.com/dodgebrawl.