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Sedgwick County relieves SMG of its Kansas Coliseum contract

Sedgwick County commissioners agreed today to relieve SMG, which manages Intrust Bank Arena, of its duties to also manage the Kansas Coliseum.

Officials say the arrangement hasn’t worked out well. SMG has focused primarily on the downtown arena.

The move comes as commissioners struggle with the Coliseum’s future. They listened to two proposals Tuesday from groups that want a chance to develop the complex off of I-135 near 85th Street North.

Commissioner Gwen Welshimer said she believes the county will lose millions of dollars if it doesn’t take advantage of opportunities to develop the aging complex.

Other commissioners have expressed concerns about proposals for the Coliseum that rely on private-public financing.