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After going dark because of the pandemic, many big entertainment venues in Wichita are reopening for live performances this spring.

Stages at the Orpheum Theatre, the Cotillion, Intrust Bank Arena and Wave have been dormant for more than a year.

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Early in-person voting for the 2020 election begins today at Intrust Bank Arena in downtown Wichita.

The Sedgwick County Election Office said the arena is an ideal spot for a polling location. “It is centrally located near the bus lines, that way folks who are working downtown or traveling through the downtown area would have a place to vote, and it’s just such a large venue,” said Melissa Schneiders, deputy election commissioner.


The 2018 NCAA Tournament at Intrust Bank Arena is being hailed by Visit Wichita as a "huge win" for the local economy.

Out-of-town visitors generated an estimated $5.5 million in economic activity, while local residents spent an additional $3.5 million during the four-day basketball tournament, according to the Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State University. The result was about $500,000 in additional tax revenue for the city.

Tickets for the tournament sold out, aided by the appearance of the University of Kansas Jayhawks.

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The city symbolically broke ground Thursday on a multimillion dollar project to renovate the old Spaghetti Works building and historic Naftzger Park in downtown Wichita.

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Thousands of basketball fans will be in downtown Wichita this week for NCAA tournament activities. The sold-out games and street parties mean parking lots are going to fill up quickly.

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As the NCAA men's basketball tournament prepares to open in Wichita this week, tickets for all three sessions at Intrust Bank Arena are long gone.

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The University of Kansas will open NCAA Tournament play in Wichita on Thursday while Wichita State University and Kansas State University will hit the road for tournament openers on Friday.

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It’s crunch time for Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita as crews finish the final preparations for next week’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games.

This weekend, crews will be installing the NCAA’s hardwood court that arrived in Wichita this week. Carpet and seating will be added around the perimeter of the court. Most of the signage inside the arena will be covered.

Intrust and SMG General Manager A.J. Boleski says planning started in 2014 when Wichita was selected to host the games.

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Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita re-opened its north entrance Monday with upgrades to keep up with the increasing crowds coming from downtown.

Intrust General Manager A.J. Boleski says expanding and renovating Entrance C took seven months.

"It should make the flow in and out of the building much easier," he says.

He says there’s a new plaza outside of the building where guests can line up to get in, similar to the plazas in front of Entrance A and Entrance B on the south side of the arena.

There are also more doors.