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10 big things to expect in 2010

Notable sporting events for 2010 include the NCAA basketball tournament, where it's possible that three Kansas teams — Wichita State, Kansas State and the No. 1-ranked University of Kansas — could compete.

In this photo: WSU's David Kyles (24) beats Texas Tech's John Roberson to the ball as they battle for a rebound in the second half.
Notable sporting events for 2010 include the NCAA basketball tournament, where it's possible that three Kansas teams — Wichita State, Kansas State and the No. 1-ranked University of Kansas — could compete. In this photo: WSU's David Kyles (24) beats Texas Tech's John Roberson to the ball as they battle for a rebound in the second half. The Wichita Eagle

The first thing you need to determine today is how you'll pronounce this brand-new year:

Will it be two-thousand-ten? Or twenty-ten?

It's up to you — either way is accurate. However you say it, another year means another slate of exciting developments in Wichita and elsewhere.

Here are 10 things to expect in 2010:

1. Saturday's grand opening of Intrust Bank Arena will mark a milestone in the effort to revitalize downtown Wichita.

Construction on the 15,000-seat arena, paid for by a 1 percent, 30-month sales tax, began in November 2007. Concerts scheduled for the coming year include Brad Paisley on Jan. 9, Elton John and Billy Joel on March 3 and Taylor Swift on April 1.

2. Several public works projects expected to be completed this year include West Street from Maple to Central; Oliver between Harry and Kellogg; Meridian from 31st South to 47th South; improvements to the 21st and Broadway intersection; and a new bike path along the I-135 corridor, from McAdams Park to Grove Park.

For the first time in more than a decade, city crews won't work on Kellogg this year, said Chris Carrier, Wichita's public works director. The long-awaited interchange at Kellogg and Rock Road opened last month, and it will take at least a year to design the next major portion, at Kellogg and Webb Road.

But don't expect construction-free driving along Kellogg just yet: The Kansas Department of Transportation is scheduled to begin the second phase of the I-135 and Kellogg interchange work later this year.

And that huge project to rebuild the interchange at 47th Street South, I-135 and the Kansas Turnpike? It's expected to continue well into next year.

3. Winter sports fans can get their four-year fix of bobsled racing, curling, ski jumping and ice dancing when the 2010 Winter Olympics broadcasts from Vancouver, Canada, starting Feb. 12.

Gold medal hopefuls for Team USA include alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, snowboarder Seth Wescott, and figure skaters Evan Lysacek and Sasha Cohen.

4. Other notable sporting events for 2010 include the NCAA basketball tournament, where it's possible that three Kansas teams — Wichita State, Kansas State and the No. 1-ranked University of Kansas — could compete.

The 100th Kansas high school track championships will take place at Cessna Stadium May 28-29. The U.S. soccer team has qualified for the World Cup in South Africa this summer. And KU will start its football season with new coach Turner Gill in the fall.

5. It wouldn't be a new year in Wichita without a few new restaurants .

Five Guys Burgers and Fries, a burger chain that Overland Parkers are going crazy for, will open at 29th North and Maize Road early this year. Wasabi Japanese Restaurant, a new sushi bar, is set to open soon at 912 E. Douglas. And Bossa Grill, a Brazilian eatery, is scheduled to open at 3242 N. Rock Road in the spring.

6. Kansas will elect a new governor and new senator Nov. 2. Sen. Sam Brownback is the leading Republican candidate for governor. On the Democratic side, Gov. Mark Parkinson opted not to run and no strong candidate has emerged. Meanwhile, U.S. Reps. Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt are vying to replace Brownback in the Senate. And central Kansas will have a new representative in Congress as well; seven candidates seek to replace Tiahrt in the 4th District.

7. Several school bond projects in Wichita and Goddard are scheduled to be completed.

The Goddard district expects to open a new high school, middle school and elementary school by fall — all paid for by a bond issue voters approved in 2007.

In Wichita, the first classroom projects of the $370 million bond issue should be completed this year. Additions to Clark, Cleaveland, Cloud and Seltzer elementary schools should be finished by fall. Also on track for completion are tennis courts at Northwest, Heights, East and South high schools.

8. A new hospital taking shape at the far west edge of Wichita, about a half-mile west of the Northwest YMCA, is scheduled to open in August.

The three-story Via Christi Hospital at 14800 St. Teresa will have 48 medical-surgical beds, 12 beds that can be used where needed, eight postpartum beds, four labor and delivery suites, six operating rooms, labs, radiology services and an emergency room.

9. At local movie theaters, 2010 is likely to be the Year of the Sequel . Anticipated blockbusters include "Iron Man 2," "Sex & the City 2," "Toy Story 3," "Shrek Goes Fourth," "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" (which is really Part VII).

10. Having a baby in 2010? If it happens after Feb. 12, your child will be born in the Year of the Tiger and, according to the Chinese zodiac, will be courageous, attractive, dynamic and intelligent — if a bit stubborn and impatient.

Fitting, then, that the Sedgwick County Zoo will welcome two male Amur tigers for its Slawson Family Tiger Trek this year, as well as a new gorilla and a couple more Humboldt penguins.

Zoo officials are "crossing our fingers to hatch some penguin eggs" this year, said Karen Bates, the zoo's development project coordinator. The zoo expects a baby giraffe by early summer and recently learned that one of the chimpanzees is pregnant.

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