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Bon Jovi to play new arena in March

Add legendary New Jersey rockers Bon Jovi to the list of performers scheduled to play Intrust Bank Arena once it opens in January.

Arena officials announced on Thursday that the group, known for hits such as "You Give Love a Bad Name" and "Livin' On A Prayer," will perform at the arena on March 11.

The arena has yet to determine what tickets will cost and when they will go on sale.

The Bon Jovi announcement is the latest in a three-week period that's seen the arena's early lineup trickling out.

On Oct. 7, arena officials confirmed that country star Brad Paisley would perform the venue's inaugural show on Jan. 9. In the weeks following, a concert by Taylor Swift (April 1) and shows featuring the Harlem Globetrotters (Jan. 22) and comedian Jeff Dunham (March 12) also were announced.

The Bon Jovi show, though, seemed to impress local fans, some of whom had expressed disappointment over the previously announced acts.

"I think this is a better act than the others," said local fan Cara Rapp, who said she'd like to see the show. "To have kind of an old-school band who's still popular would be very appealing."

Intrust Bank Arena general manager Chris Presson said the Bon Jovi deal has been in the works for more than two months, when he and his team traveled to Los Angeles to pursue the booking.

Presson said that Wichita is in the company of much bigger cities on the list of tour stops announced on Thursday — Las Vegas, Denver, Atlanta and Chicago, among others.

The new arena was the main selling point, he said.

"That's a pretty big coup for us," he said. "Those things don't happen very often.

"We would have had absolutely no chance at a Bon Jovi-type show without the facility we have."

The last time Bon Jovi performed in Wichita was on April 10, 1989. The group, then at the height of its popularity with its album "New Jersey," attracted a sold-out crowd of 12,000 to the Kansas Coliseum.

Bon Jovi's new album, "Circle," will be released on Nov. 10.

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