As Eagle columnist Bob Lutz noted the other day, 2008 should see some planning for how to blow the roof off the downtown arena with a big opening event for January 2010. It may be too soon to book Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, â€œHannah Montanaâ€ or Celine Dion (the last will open Tulsaâ€™s BOK Center next November), but itâ€™s not too soon to schedule a big basketball game. Lutz nominates Wichita State versus Kansas State. â€œWe know by now Bill Self at Kansas doesnâ€™t want to play Wichita State — certainly not in Wichita,â€ Lutz wrote. â€œBut K-Stateâ€™s (Frank) Martin seems like the kind of guy who doesnâ€™t back down from anything. So, the Wildcats should come to Wichita to give the arena the kind of big first event it deserves,â€ complete with banquet, autograph ceremony, past stars, etc. Sounds like a fine idea for somebody to get going on.
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