WICHITA — A new company is going to manage the 4-year-old, 7,200-seat Hartman Arena in Park City.
Wink Hartman Sr. has hired Iowa-based VenuWorks, which will book events and handle food and beverage services among other things
Previously, Hartman and his staff have been running the arena.
“I was not doing a very good job,” Hartman says.
“We need to book more events. You know, more concerts, more local events, and I just felt like it was a time for a change in management to try to meet our objectives.”
VenuWorks president Steven Peters started the company 16 years ago to manage arenas with 5,000 to 10,000 seats.
Peters says his goal with Hartman Arena is clear.
“One word: events. We’ve got to bring more events.”
“Most of our arenas, we try to do 90 a year,” Peters says.
Being the smaller arena to the larger Intrust Bank Arena isn’t a negative, he says.
“That can be the really enviable place to be.”
Peters says there are more shows to fill 6,000 seats than 12,000.