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Arena off to a great start

The first two months of operations at Intrust Bank Arena likely benefited from heightened public interest in the new facility. So it remains to be seen if the arena's initial success will continue in the coming months and years — though it has yet to show any signs of slowing and continues to book top acts. Even naysayers have to be pleased that the arena's net income for January and February, excluding depreciation, was $321,709. "I'm glad we're taking in more money than we're spending," Sedgwick County Commission Chairman (and former arena opponent) Karl Peterjohn managed to say. And despite predictions by some that Wichita couldn't support an arena, that's not the case so far. Pollstar rated the arena 45th worldwide for ticket sales in the first quarter of the year, ahead of Denver and Oklahoma City.