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Intrust Bank Arena in the red for third quarter, county is told

1970s rock icon Alice Cooper opens the show for Motley Crue at Intrust Bank Arena on Saturday night. (July 12, 2014)
1970s rock icon Alice Cooper opens the show for Motley Crue at Intrust Bank Arena on Saturday night. (July 12, 2014) File photo

Intrust Bank Arena closed the third quarter $238,129 in the red after several circus performances and one concert.

The July 12 concert by Motley Crue drew 8,195 people and generated gross ticket sales of $708,216. The average cost per ticket sold was $84.80.

The Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Super Circus Heroes, which was boycotted by animal rights activists, drew 12,140 people and generated gross ticket sales of $173,816. The average cost per ticket sold was $16.06.

Through September, net building income for the downtown venue was $245,560. During those nine months, there were 10 concerts, five family shows, three sporting events, Wichita Ribfest, 18 Wichita Thunder hockey games and 25 “other” events, including community service projects.

The arena played host to 78 performances through September, more than for the same time period last year at 69.

But more people attended events last year at the arena, according to a report from Assistant Sedgwick County Manager Ron Holt. Attendance at events from January to September totaled 287,170 in 2013 compared with 197,273 in 2014.

Gross ticket sales for January through September 2013 totaled $6,850,638 compared with $5,403,686 this year. The average cost per ticket sold through September last year was $25.96, compared with $29.68 this year.

Holt said the arena expects to have a good fourth quarter with events including a Dec. 4 concert by Eric Church, a Dec. 5 performance by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and a Wichita State University men’s basketball game Dec. 6 against Saint Louis University.

The arena also has landed some big shows for next year, including Cher on Jan. 29, Bob Seger on Feb. 17, Avett Brothers on Feb. 26, Fleetwood Mac on March 31 and the Foo Fighters on Sept. 30.

Reach Deb Gruver at 316-268-6400 or dgruver@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @SGCountyDeb.

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