WICHITA, KS: (Wichita KS Realty News) With its one of kind space saucer design, Century II arena has been an iconic structure in downtown Wichita for nearly 50 years, it first opened its doors in January of 1969. You truly can’t think of one with thinking of the other. But are it’s days numbered? The city has agreed to a nearly three hundred thousand (let that number sink in…) consulting contract with Arup Advisory Inc. to assess issues such as best use and efficient operations. As with most things, time will tell, and as an anchor for the performing arts, there is much reason to keep the feel, look, and functionality in place.
Wichita is reinventing itself. A simple drive down Douglas St will show that. We have grown past the revamping of Old Town. An urban renewal is happening, and it has legs this time. Even with questions swirling about the future of Gander Mountain, the core of the city is growing. Developers have been doing nice job of blending new architecture with the existing, and it is exciting.
With that being said, changes are coming. Century II is still an anchor, one which its time is not up. Will there be changes like a private/public partnership involving the space? Probably. But this space still pulls its own weight and its value as a convention center, and the only one of its size for our city, is a very important factor for an urban area to attract business and visitors from outside our city.