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Intrust Bank Arena plans grand opening Jan. 2

Intrust Bank Arena in downtown Wichita (2009)
Intrust Bank Arena in downtown Wichita (2009) File photo

Intrust Bank Arena plans a grand opening in January that includes a tour, a food drive, local bands on the big stage, a skate around with the Wichita Thunder hockey team and a coloring contest.

The events span three separate days in January.

At the Jan. 2 ribbon cutting at 11 a.m., people will get their first chance to tour the arena, including a walk-through of dressing and locker rooms and premium seating. Folks can also play Guitar Hero and take jump shots in the arena's basketball set-up until 5 p.m.

Concessions will be offered for $1 to give people a relatively cheap chance to taste the foods that will be served during events.

Leading up to the ribbon cutting, kids ages 6-12 can submit 8.5-by-11-inch drawings of what they want to see or do in the arena. A winner will be randomly chosen to cut the ribbon at the grand opening and get a special arena tour and tickets to see the Harlem Globetrotters.

The Eagle is sponsoring the contest. Drawings can be dropped off before Dec. 18 at the arena administration offices on the west side of the building or mailed to 500 E. Waterman, Wichita, KS 67202.

That day, the arena management company, SMG, will also have a food collection bin where people can bring non-perishable items that will go to the Kansas Food Bank.

On Jan. 12 from 6 to 9 p.m., ROK ICT, which organized the First Friday music crawls, will have three local bands playing the arena's main stage while arena tours are given.

Jan. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m., people can meet and skate with the Wichita Thunder. It's free and there will be free skates for those who don't have any.

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