Intrust Bank Arena will celebrate its first anniversary with a free event for the public Jan. 16.
SMG, which manages the arena on behalf of Sedgwick County, will offer free ice skating, local music and activities for children such as face painting and visits by the Wichita Thunder mascot Thunder Dog from 2 to 6 p.m.
"We are excited to host an event where we can thank the community for helping make our inaugural year so successful," A.J. Boleski, SMG general manager of the arena, said in a news release. "The goal of the event is to have something for everyone to enjoy."
Some concession items will be $1, and skate rentals will be free.
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The arena has worked with ROK ICT, a group that promotes local art and music, to have several musicians perform music from pop, punk and hip hop to jazz and electronic.
The Q Line trolley will operate during the event, and buses will operate to transport guests to and from the arena.
Although the event is free, the arena is asking people to bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Kansas Food Bank.
Commissioners say they are looking forward to celebrating the arena's first year.
"I think it's been wildly successful. I think we've brought great acts here," Sedgwick County Commissioner Tim Norton said. "I anticipate there's going to be profit to SMG and the county, which is the taxpayers."
Residents approved a 30-month, 1 percent sales tax to build the arena.
Commission Chairman Karl Peterjohn, who once opposed the arena, said he is glad to see that the arena is operating in the black, though he noted that depreciation hasn't been taken into consideration.
"I think the arena has performed exceedingly well," Peterjohn said. "I'm looking forward to future events."