Wichita–La National Hockey League heads for Wichita.
No, the NHL won’t expand to Wichita, but INTRUST Bank Arena will host another big event.
“On September 24, we will be hosting the G1 Sports Frozen Face-Off featuring the Arizona Coyotes and the St. Louis Blues here at INTRUST Bank Arena,” said G1 Sports and Entertainment President Brian Hargrove. .
The preseason game will be the first NHL game Wichita will host. The announcement follows Wichita hosting the NCAA Tournament Women’s Regional Championship in March and the sold-out non-conference men’s basketball game between Wichita State and Kansas State in December.
“The Coyotes are thrilled to bring NHL hockey to Wichita,” Arizona Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong said in a recorded message. “I know Wichita is a great sports town, and we’re looking forward to playing to a full house. See you in September.”
The game will be Friday, September 24 at 7 p.m., per version.
INTRUST Bank Arena is equipped for a 15,000 capacity and is the home of the Wichita Thunder, a minor league hockey team affiliated with the Edmonton Oilers in the NHL and the Bakersfield Condors in the AHL.
“To the NHL and its fans, thank you for giving Sedgwick County this wonderful opportunity,” Sedgwick County Chairman David Dennis said at the press conference. “No matter who you root for, this is a win for the people who live, play and call Sedgwick County home. It’s the very reason we built this arena – to host events, concerts and larger than life family events and friendly opportunities for our community.”
Over the past five years, INTRUST Bank Arena has hosted indoor soccer team Salina Liberty, the Harlem Globetrotters, several concerts featuring Luke Combs, Metallica and Kelly Clarkson, former Champions League soccer team in Wichita Force room, WWE, the professional bull, and more.
The full Blues schedule for 2022 will be released at a later date. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at selectaseat.com.
Billy Watson is the sports reporter for The Hutchinson News and has been in Kansas since March 2021. To pitch story ideas, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or direct message on Twitter @hutchsports or @billywatson4l.