WSU already has its own arena, the Charles Koch Arena.I daresay the prime tenant would be Wichita State University, which has a big basketball program.
Can't think of any other teams in Wichita that would be worthy of a 15,000 seat arena to be honest.
So you think minor-league arena football, soccer and hockey will sell out 14-15K?The main tenant for the new arena is the Wichita Thunder hockey team, which is part of the CHL. Also rumored for the new arena, is new AF2 and indoor soccer teams. It will also host ALL concerts and MANY other sporting events.
It's FAARRRR from a waste of money! Me and about 99% of the people I know can't wait 'til it's finished, so that we can go to some events there!!
Adding in land acquisition costs and renovations to the Kansas Coliseum, the project comes up to $205.5M.No arena in the United States sells out EVERY event that it hosts...
Also, the arena itself costs $183,625,241 not $200+ million.
Tulsa's decision to build the BOK Center at that capacity and cost ($195M) was almost equally dubious. Same goes for Sprint Center ($276M) here in KC.I just looked up a bunch of the figures and it really is in about the middle of the pack...
What do you think of Tulsa building a 19,000 seat arena while only having just a CHL hockey team(with worse attendance than Wichita) and an AF2 team(only averaging 5,000+ a game)?
Yeah, KC's my hometown, and while I'm certainly proud of such a splendid facility, part of me looks at the fact that OKC built the Ford Center for under $90M, and even after $120M in renovations for NBA it costs substantially less than the $276M we're on the hook for (with no NBA or NHL tenant). I read somewhere that Sprint Center is still the most expensive arena in the US or Canada without a major-league anchor tenant--the arena portion of the $291M Qwest Center in Omaha cost only about $80M. I feel that we could've built a 17/18,000-seat arena for under $200M that still would've not only brought the Big 12 and NCAA tournament back to KC but also landed an NBA or NHL tenant in the future.Alright, well at least you're fair.
Sprint Center was built to lure a major league franchise for either the NBA, NHL, or Both. Right now, of course its a waste of money because they have neither. But that's still better than a 19,000 seat arena designed to host AA hockey.Tulsa's decision to build the BOK Center at that capacity and cost ($195M) was almost equally dubious. Same goes for Sprint Center ($276M) here in KC.