How the Kansas Coliseum is doing today may have nothing to do with how the larger downtown arena will do once it opens in late 2008 or early 2009, but it was encouraging to see that the U.S. Hot Rod Association’s Thunder Nationals again attracted a sellout crowd (for it) of 7,000 Saturday night at the Coliseum. Admission to Wichita Thunder hockey games is almost 25 percent better than a year ago (“Of course, they’re winning,” Coliseum director John Nath noted Tuesday). Singer Brad Paisley also sold out a scaled-down, 5,500-seat Coliseum in October. Wichita clearly has enough people to sustain a larger arena. Especially given the sad state of the national touring scene, the challenge will be coming up with events able to coax locals into showing up and parting with their money.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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