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NHL game to be played Wichita in September

The Arizona Coyotes and St. Louis Blues will face off inside INTRUST Bank Arena on Sept. 24.
Published: Apr. 18, 2022 at 11:01 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - INTRUST Bank Arena and G1 Sports & Entertainment announced on Monday that an NHL hockey game will be played in Wichita later this year.

In a first for Wichita, the Arizona Coyotes will take on the St. Louis Blues in the Frozen Face Off on Sept. 24 at INTRUST Bank Arena.

Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 22. You can find them on selectaseat.com. Presale opportunities will available for Wichita Thunder fans and INTRUST Bank Arena.

Wichita playing host to the NHL has been a long time coming. In security the game this year, G1 Sports and Entertainment is excited for what this could mean for the future of the Wichita sports scene.

“We’re kind of that city that is just big enough to host these events but not big enough where we’re on the radar. So, we really have to go out there and sell ourselves,” said Tien Huynh with G1 Sports and Entertainment. “But I keep telling people, ‘we’re like a sleeping giant.’”

Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong said Wichita is a great sports city and he looks forward to the Coyotes plain in front of a full house at INTRUST Bank Arena.

Brian Hargrove with G1 Sports and Entertainment said the company pushed extra hard to bring the Blues closer to their Kansas fanbase.

“I have actually been in discussions with the St. Louis Blues for close to a year now about doing a preseason game here in Wichita,” Hargrove said. “They put me in touch with the Coyotes, who they knew were looking for a neutral site. So, I said, ‘we’re interested in that, but we want you to be a part of the game as well.”

While not at the NHL level, professional hockey has been in Wichita for three decades with the Wichita Thunder, currently in the ECHL. The Thunder are excited for their fans to get to watch some of the world’s best players in their city.

“Very excited. It’s always been a dream come true to have the NHL come to my city,” said Wichita Thunder PA Announcer Austin Crutcher. “The fans are absolutely tremendous. They come out and support their team every night, regardless of what day it is, and it’s really going to show whenever we get an NHL team here.”

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