County commissioners talk about future of Kansas Pavilions complex

Kansas Pavillions logoAt least 45 events are scheduled next year at the rebranded Kansas Pavilions, assistant Sedgwick County manager Ron Holt told county commissioners this morning.

The county this year rebranded the Kansas Coliseum as the Kansas Pavilions with the closing of Britt Brown Arena after the opening of Intrust Bank Arena downtown. (See the new logo.) The pavilions, popular for livestock, horse and dog shows, swap meets, gun shows and other events, will remain open through at least 2016.

Holt said the county’s financial goal for the complex off of I-135 in the northern part of the county is to eliminate any taxpayer-supported subsidy to operate it.

The county hopes to recruit new groups to use the pavilions and will pursue naming rights and advertising for events as well as sponsorship opportunities, Holt said.

Upcoming events the rest of this year include the Wichita Toy Run, the Wichita Farm Show, dog agility trials and two gun shows.