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Sorry, Katy Perry fans, her new tour isn’t stopping in Wichita

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, at 6:51 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at 11:34 a.m.

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Pop superstar Katy Perry announced the North American dates for her sure-to-sell-out Prismatic World Tour tour on Wednesday. And Wichita ... didn’t make the list.

Perhaps Perry’s boyfriend John Mayer is still smarting from the low turnout at his Dec. 1 concert at Wichita’s 15,000-seat Intrust Bank Arena, which drew fewer than 7,000 people, despite deeply discounted, Groupon-sold tickets.

Or more likely, said A.J. Boleski, the arena’s general manager, the Wichita market just isn’t quite big enough.

The arena did make a go at Perry, he said, as it does all big-name acts that tour.

“Every act that goes on the road like this, we have conversations about,” he said.

But in this case, size mattered.

Boleski points out that nearly all of the markets on the 46-city Perry tour, which starts June 22 in Raleigh, are larger than Wichita.

A few exceptions include Fargo, N.D., where Perry will perform on Aug. 23. Though Fargo’s population is much smaller than Wichita’s, its Fargodome arena can seat nearly 27,000.

Also, the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., is getting the show on Aug. 20. The population is smaller than Wichita’s, and the arena is virtually the same size at 15,147 seats. But the building, which is in a major college town, just opened in August and recently has attracted shows by both Pink and Jay-Z. Intrust Bank Arena got similar big shows, such as a Billy Joel/Elton John, during its first year, too. (Also, Lincoln is within driving distance of Omaha, which did not get a date on the tour.)

The Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Perry stops on Aug. 10, has a 12,000-seat capacity, but the metro area of Grand Rapids is home to more than 1 million people.

When acts of Perry’s stature stop at Intrust Bank Arena, Boleski said, it’s usually when they add a second or third leg to their tours. Should Perry decide to do that, Wichita could still be in the running, he said.

“A lot of the times, it does just come down to the size of the markets and the size of the facilities where the tour is playing,” he said.

Wichita Katy Kats have options, though.

She’s performing at Kansas City’s Sprint Center on Aug. 19 and at Tulsa’s BOK Center on Oct. 6.

On-sale dates for most venues have not yet been announced. For a complete list of tour dates, visit katyperry.com.

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