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Intrust Bank Arena grosses $1.9 million in first quarter

George Strait performs at Intrust Bank Arena. (Feb. 18, 2012)
George Strait performs at Intrust Bank Arena. (Feb. 18, 2012) The Wichita Eagle

Intrust Bank Arena did better in the first quarter than it did the first three months of last year, Assistant Sedgwick County Manager Ron Holt said Wednesday.

The downtown arena grossed more than $1.9 million in the first quarter, bringing in about $645,000 more than the same period last year. The figures do not take depreciation into account.

There were 29 events with 36 performances in the first quarter — 11 more performances than in the first quarter of 2011.

Average attendance at first-quarter events was 4,694, according to Holt’s report.

Highlights of the first quarter included a concert by George Strait that brought in just less than $800,000 in gross ticket sales. Other country acts included Jason Aldean, who brought in $588,000, and Brad Paisley, who brought in $456,500.

The arena has tried this year to bring in more rock acts. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers played last month. SMG, the company that manages the arena, announced this week that Van Halen will play Sept. 17.

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