Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SummitWBB Posts Nation’s Highest Tournament Attendance Figure

ELMHURST, Ill. (March 31, 2015)  – The Summit League owns the highest session attendance mark of any NCAA Division I postseason conference this season while figures for the championship game and the entire tournament average outpaced all but one conference. Three of the league’s crowds ranked among the nation’s top nine session draws.

The Summit League record March 7 quarterfinal crowd of 8,171 is higher than any session reported across Division I women’s basketball. Among league championship games, The Summit League’s 6,926 was the second-highest figure, outpacing all “big five” conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC). Additionally, The Summit League’s semifinal drew 6,704 spectators, placing it as the third-best nationally in that category. In total, three Summit League sessions (quarterfinal I, semifinal and championship) ranked among the nation’s top nine crowds.

Overall, The Summit League average attendance of 6,099 ranked second nationally and outpaced each of the “big five” conferences by over 1,000 fans per session.

“Our attendance figures are staggering,” said Summit League Commissioner Tom Douple. “When comparing our numbers nationally, and in particular against the ‘big five’ conferences, it shows the interest level for our event. I couldn’t be happier. These figures are a true testament to the support we receive from all of our fans and the Sioux Falls community. Producing these types of crowds further solidifies our women’s tournament as being one of the best in the nation.”
The Summit League will serve as host for the 2016 NCAA Women’s Regional at the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center next March.

Below is a breakdown of 2015 Division I women’s basketball tournament attendance figures nationwide.


1.8,171SUMMITQuarterfinal I
2.8,000West CoastChampionship
7,110West CoastSemifinal
7,110West CoastQuarterfinal I
7,110West CoastQuarterfinal II
10.6,677AmericanQuarterfinal I

1.7,333West Coast
5.4,231Big 12
8.3,361Big Ten
9.2,939Mountain West

1.8,000West Coast
7.5,195Mountain West
9.4,804Big 12
10.4,131Big Ten

1.7,110West Coast
6.5,642Big Ten
8.4,580Big 12

1.8,171SUMMITQuarterfinal I
2.7,110West CoastQuarterfinal I
7,110West CoastQuarterfinal II
4.6,677AmericanQuarterfinal I
5.5,848ACCQuarterfinal II
6.5,545Pac-12Quarterfinal II
7.5,293Big TenQuarterfinal I
8.5,177AmericanQuarterfinal II
9.4,781Big TenQuarterfinal II
10.4,630SECQuarterfinal I


In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 65 All-Americans, 60 Academic All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit, follow on Twitter @thesummitleague, download The Summit League's Front Row app, and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


Wichita, Kan. (March 17, 2015) – INTRUST Bank Arena announced today plans to host an NCAA Basketball Championship watch party in support of the Wichita State Shockers. If the Shockers defeat Indiana this Friday, March 20, the watch party will take place on Sunday, March 22 for the third round of the championship. The third round game times and opponents have yet to be determined. Once tip-off times are set, doors for the watch party will open one hour prior to the scheduled game time. The event is free and open to the public.

The game telecast will be shown on the Arena’s center hung LED hi-res videoboard for fans in attendance. In addition, the Arena’s Guitar Bar, Cox Lounge and Budweiser BrewPub will be open and televisions in these areas will also be airing the game. Parking will be free and available in the INTRUST Bank Arena parking lots and surrounding City owned lots. Food and beverage will be available for purchase at select concession stands including the Budweiser BrewPub, Chisholm’s West, Dog Pound and more. Beer and liquor will also be available at the Guitar Bar, Cox Lounge and Budweiser BrewPub. 

Fans attending the watch party can enter INTRUST Bank Arena through any of the three main entrances. For additional information or questions, please visit, call 316-440-9000 or tune into an iHeart Media radio station, the official radio sponsor of the WSU Watch Party event. 

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Dinosaur Ad Earns Award for SMG Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City, OK (March 2, 2015) - The marketing team at the SMG-managed Chesapeake Energy Arena has been honored by the Oklahoma City Ad Club with a 2015 ADDY Award.
SMG was presented with a Silver ADDY in Interior Still or Static for its promotion of Walking With Dinosaurs The Arena Spectacular. The ADDY Awards annually recognize and reward creative excellence in the art of advertising.
"I'm always impressed by the creative efforts of our marketing team," said General Manager Gary Desjardins. "We at SMG are proud of the marketing expertise we offer to promoters bringing events to Chesapeake Energy Arena."
SMG's winning entry was an escalator wrap installed at Penn Square Mall advertising the Walking With Dinosaurs shows at the arena. The ad featured a brachiosaurus with its neck extending the length of the escalator and helped increase the show's exposure. It even served as a backdrop when the show brought its Baby T-Rex to the mall for an appearance to promote the show.
This is the second ADDY SMG has won in three years. It also received the Silver ADDY in Special Event Material for chalk art used to promote Batman Live in 2013.

Monday, March 2, 2015

SMG Managed Big Sandy Superstore Arena Nominated for Academy of Country Music “Venue of the Year” Award For Second Consecutive Year

HUNTINGTON, W.V - The SMG Managed Big Sandy Superstore Arena is proud to announce their second nomination for an Academy of Country Music award in the “Venue of the Year- Medium Capacity” category.

Last year the venue was nominated in this same category, with the award going to Ryman Hospitality Properties out of Nashville. This year the Big Sandy Superstore Arena will compete against Amphitheater At The Wharf, Orange Beach, AL; Filene Center At Wolf Trap, Vienna, VA; Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO; and Resch Center, Green Bay, WI.

“Being nominated is always an honor, more so when it happens in consecutive years,” stated Les Crooks, Interim General Manager. “This nomination is a great testament to former general manager Brian Sipe, the staff at the venue and Huntington’s love for country music.”

In recent years the SMG Managed venue has hosted country artists such as Allison Kraus and Willie Nelson, Dierks Bentley, Hunter Hayes, Jake Owen, Justin Moore, Florida Georgia Line, Martina McBride, Kelly Pickler, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, Zac Brown Band and many others. Many of these artists are nominated in their respective categories this year as well.

Superstars Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will co-host the 50TH ANNUAL ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, LIVE from the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (home of the Dallas Cowboys), on Sunday, April 19, 2015. For a complete list of nominees, visit

Friday, February 27, 2015


(Tulsa, Okla.) February 27, 2015 – The SMG-managed BOK Center was nominated for the sixth consecutive year by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) for Venue of the Year – Large Capacity. The BOK Center, which opened in 2008, has been nominated for the award every year since opening.

In order to be considered for Venue of the Year, the venue must have bought or promoted at least three country concerts during the prior calendar year of January 1 to December 31, 2014, and be in good standing with all agents. In 2014, BOK Center hosted four country concerts including Lady Antebellum, George Strait, Brantley Gilbert and Eric Church.

“We are honored to once again be nominated by the Academy of Country Music for Venue of the Year,” said SMG General Manager Jeff Nickler. “In today’s competitive environment where venues compete for every show we book, BOK Center’s continued success is a testament to the passion Tulsans have for country music.  We couldn’t be more appreciative of the artists and promoters who continue to think of BOK Center as a must-play venue.” 

Also nominated for Venue of the Year - Large Capacity were Cruzan Ampitheatre (West Palm Beach, FL), Gorge Ampitheatre (George, WA), Hollywood Bowl (Hollywood, CA), and Klipsch Music Center (Noblesville, IN). 

Venue of the year is an off-camera Industry Award and will be presented during the 9th Annual ACM Honors event September 1, 2015 in Nashville at the historic Ryman Auditorium. The Industry Awards honor the behind-the-scenes industry professionals and venues who contribute so much to the artistry, success and longevity of country music. The award is considered a part of the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards and is voted on by the professional membership of the

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Wichita, Kan. (February 25, 2014) – INTRUST Bank Arena is set to host thousands of guests in downtown Wichita this week as it prepares to host four events in four days. One concert, two Wichita Thunder hockey games and the inaugural game for the Wichita Force of Champions Indoor Football will take place at INTRUST Bank Arena this Thursday through Sunday. 

“It’s an exciting week for our staff at INTRUST Bank Arena and we hope it’s an exciting week for our fans,” said A.J. Boleski, SMG General Manager. “We strive to attract a variety of entertainment to our community and this weekend exemplifies that.”
The Avett Brothers concert kicks off the busy week on Thursday, February 26 at INTRUST Bank Arena. The Avett Brothers last played Wichita in 2012 for a sold out performance at the Wichita Orpheum Theatre, an SMG managed facility, and will play in an intimate half-house set up at INTRUST Bank Arena. Tickets are still available for the concert which starts at 7:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. 

The Wichita Thunder takes to home ice for two games this weekend, taking on Brampton on Friday night, February 27 and capping off the weekend on Sunday, March 1 versus Allen. Friday night’s hockey game features the team’s first-ever adult jersey giveaway where the first 1,000 adults in attendance will receive a special Thunder jersey. Sunday’s game features a special post-game skate for fans. More details on the promotional nights can be found at Tickets for both games are still available. 

The Wichita Force kicks off their inaugural season at INTRUST Bank Arena on Saturday, February 28 with their home opener versus the Salina Bombers. Fans can experience this exciting brand of indoor football which provides fun for the whole family with tickets starting as low as $10.

Monday, February 16, 2015


(Wichita, Kan.) – The Wichita Business Journal has recognized INTRUST Bank Arena, an SMG managed facility, as a nominee for the 2014 Best in Business Award. The Best in Business competition recognizes Wichita-area companies for revenue growth, community involvement, and marketing and product innovation.

In addition to INTRUST Bank Arena, 2014 Best in Business nominees include Account Recovery Specialists Inc., Building Controls and Services Inc., Custom Cupboards, Dean E. Norris Inc., Equity Bank, Foley Equipment, Goodwill Industries of Kansas Inc., Larksfield Place Retirement Communities Inc., LifeTeam, Occidental Management, Quality Solutions Inc., Transitions Group Inc. and Voice Products Inc. Best in Business winners will be announced at an awards luncheon on Tuesday, April 14 at the Hyatt Regency Wichita.

“It’s an honor to be recognized on a local level for achievements in the areas of community involvement and innovation,” said Chris Kibler, SMG Assistant General Manager/Director of Finance. “SMG strives to be a leader in both the entertainment industry and in our community through community service, charitable giving, and creating memories through world class entertainment. We’re proud to be nominated for this award and are appreciative of the recognition.”