An inside look at Intrust Bank Arena

WICHITA — Intrust Bank Arena officials gave a sneak peek of the downtown venue to media professionals today, just a few days before the arena's public grand opening.

Arena general manager Chris Presson said he expects 15,000 to 30,000 people to attend the grand opening Saturday.

"I really think they'll be wowed," he said.

The arena, paid for by a 1 percent, 30-month sales tax, is a county project but one of the major components of the city's effort to revitalize downtown.

A mix of contemporary and more Old Town-esque architecture, the arena boasts a 30-foot by 30-foot screen on its south side, facing Kellogg Avenue. Inside are party suites that are bigger than some people's first apartments, polished concrete floors, brushed aluminum railings, native Kansas limestone and lots of light.

An LED "ribbon board" around the seating area flashed images of Taylor Swift and information about upcoming events.

Assistant County Manager Ron Holt said he was "just elated" to see the arena about to open.

Of particular excitement to him, he said, was that it was completed earlier than expected and came in on budget.

The first concert at the arena will be Brad Paisley on Jan. 9.

Read more about the arena in Tuesday's Eagle.

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