WICHITA — The official numbers are in, and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin drew a crowd of 2,973 in May for her fundraising speech at Intrust Bank Arena.
That was the figure given this morning at the Sedgwick County Commission meeting as part of the monthly status report on the new arena.
There were 3,087 tickets sold for the Palin speech on May 2, totaling $156,025. She was brought in to help raise funds for the Bethel Life School Association of Wichita.
Rock band Nickelback pulled in the largest crowd of the month with 11,163 attending the concert on May 14.
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May's six events saw a total attendance of 43,763 for an average of 5,470.
Gross ticket sales for those six events were $2.1 million. The arena's net income for May was $397,612.
Totals for January through May saw the arena's attendance at 244,841 with gross ticket sales at $7.7 million. Average attendance during that period for the 61 performances of the 41 events was 4,731.
Net income for the first five months was $1.6 million.
"The first five months have been very good months," Assistant County Manager Ron Holt told the commissioners.
Other events for the month and their attendance:
* Professional Bull Riders, 9,899 for two performances
* Brooks & Dunn, 9,027
* Star Wars, 5,948 for two performances
* Daughtry, 4,753.
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