Daily Archives: Oct. 27, 2009

Heritage plugs “Saddle Rock Rodeo Resort” to Sedgwick County

Kansas ColiseumHeritage Development Group has pitched its plan to Sedgwick County to develop the Kansas Coliseum into the Saddle Rock Rodeo Resort.

Heritage wants to focus on western-themed and agricultural events at the complex.

There currently is no permanent facility for non-professional rodeos, Heritage president and CEO Greg Lippincott told commissioners.

“Sedgwick County will become recognized as becoming the ultimate facility,” Lippincott said. “Saddle Rock will become the permanent home for non-professional western and rodeo events.”

Heritage recently received an oral agreement from the National High School Rodeo Association to host the Wrangler Junior High Rodeo Finals in 2012 and 2013. No contract has been signed, but Lippincott said he believes other national events will follow. Read More »

County chairman Kelly Parks shakes his gavel

GavelDuring the second presentation today from groups interested in redeveloping the Kansas Coliseum, Kelly Parks warned a speaker that his time to talk almost was up.

Greg Ferris of Heritage Development Group then noted that the commission gave North American Management-Kansas 26 minutes to make its presentation this morning.

Parks then said that he already had given Heritage more than the 15 minutes allowed.

He then picked up his gavel and shook it from the bench, as if reminding Ferris who was in charge.

Casino not tied to Coliseum project, North American says

Commissioner Dave Unruh just asked Doug Spangler of North American Management-Kansas if its plan to develop the Kansas Coliseum is tied to a possible casino off of I-135 south of 77th Street North.

Doug Spangler of North American acknowledged hopes to build a Wyandotte Nation Indian casino south of 77th Street North but said North American’s Coliseum proposal is a separate project.

“I’m going to go ahead and say the ‘C’ word: Casino,” Spangler told Unruh, emphatic that the Coliseum is a stand-alone development.

North American Management-Kansas makes its Coliseum pitch

North American Management-Kansas has made its pitch to redevelop the Kansas Coliseum complex, assuring Sedgwick County commissioners it would minimize the county’s financial risk.

North American has proposed a mix of entertainment and retail at the site.

Doug Spangler of North American said it would rectify long-standing Americans with Disabilities Act problems at Britt Brown Arena and add hotels and retail development to make the most of the aging complex site off of I-135 near 85th Street North.

“Our proposal stands alone on its own,” Spangler said, adding that North American’s proposal wouldn’t compete with Intrust Bank Arena, a requirement by the county. Read More »

Construction crews to turn over Intrust Bank Arena keys on Friday night

Intrust Bank ArenaConstruction crews are expected to turn over the keys to Intrust Bank Arena just after midnight Friday night, assistant Sedgwick County manager Ron Holt told commissioners this morning.

SMG, which has the contract to manage the arena, will then take over.

The arena is “substantially complete,” meaning that most construction is finished and that only minor details, called “punch list” items, need attention.