Wichita, KS (February 29, 2016) – The SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena ended 2015 with an exceptional year of concerts, family shows, sporting events and other live entertainment. The recently reported financial numbers for the Arena’s sixth year of operation solidify the successful year and mark 2015 as the second best year in the Arena’s history. INTRUST Bank Arena recorded a net operating income of $1,150,206 in 2015, an achievement that falls second only to the Arena’s grand opening year in 2010.
In 2015, INTRUST Bank Arena hosted 101 events for a total of 131 performances which accounted for a total attendance of 439,767. The arena finished the year as the 35th busiest arena in the United States and 73rd in the world in Pollstar Magazine’s 2015 Year-End Top 200 Arena Rankings. The rankings are based on tickets sold worldwide for shows played between 1/1/15 and 12/31/15. Additionally, INTRUST Bank Arena has hosted 13 of the Top 100 Tours, including Foo Fighters, Fleetwood Mac, Def Leppard, Ariana Grande, Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Cirque du Soleil, Winter Jam, The Harlem Globetrotters and Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
“We are 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,” said SMG General Manager, AJ Boleski. We’re thrilled to be a part of the efforts to enhance the quality of life in our community through the diverse lineup of live entertainment and raving guest experiences we strive everyday to provide.”
In addition to celebrating the milestone of the Arena’s 5th Anniversary which included a 5th Anniversary Concert Series, INTRUST Bank Arena successfully hosted their first ever rap and hip hop concert in conjunction with Power 93.5 featuring Lil Wayne and their first ever pop concert featuring Ariana Grande. Selling out multiple events was another highlight of the year’s notable achievements, including Miranda Lambert, Def Leppard, six Garth Brooks concerts and the Wichita State University men’s basketball game. The arena also planned, promoted and sold out its first ever Wingapalooza event, which hosted 2,000 guests on the arena’s floor and showcased the culinary flare of 23 local restaurants and chefs.
Lastly, INTRUST Bank Arena was honored by Visit Wichita as the recipient of the Destination Promotion Award for 2015 for promoting Wichita as a destination city when more than 75,000 tickets for six Garth Brooks shows were sold in 48 minutes and for giving those 75,000 guests (1/3 of whom were from out of town) a fantastic welcome over the four days and six shows.