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Wichita city council votes to privatize management of Century II

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 6:51 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Update: After hours of debate, the Wichita City Council approved a private company to take over the management of Century II with a 5-2 vote.

ASM Global currently manages INTRUST Bank Arena. Now, they will take over management for Century II.

The proposal received strong opposition from the “Save Century II” organizers and others who worry about what the decision will mean for the future of the building. They argue that the contract wasn’t made available to the public until Monday, less than 24 hours before the vote.

Under the agreement, the city will retain the right to host 10 events annually at Century II. The City of Wichita has managed the venue for 50 years.

After more than 50 years, Century II could soon be privately run.

ASM Global, the group that manages INTRUST Bank Arena and the Orpheum Theatre may soon add the Wichita performing arts center to its list of clients.

On Tuesday, the Wichita City Council is expected to vote on entering an agreement with ASM Global to manage Century II. The city says it’s a good fit.

ASM has a history of attracting national acts to the Air Capital. If approved, the company would begin managing Century II in 2022.

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