(WICHITA, KS) – In the 2009-2010 Central Hockey League's ‘Best of the Best' poll released this week, the SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena received top honors for ‘Best Arena' and ‘Best Locker Rooms'. The Arena also ranked third in the ‘Best Press Box' category. CHL coaches, players and media representatives vote in the yearly poll.
SMG General Manager and former Wichita Thunder General Manager, Chris Presson commented, “I've been to most facilities around the league, and I feel the arena is very deserving of this honor. We are proud of what we have to offer and appreciate the recognition.”
In addition to the venue awards, the Wichita Thunder fans were voted ‘Most Annoying' for the seventh consecutive year.
“Thunder fans take great pride in getting under the visiting team's skin,” added Presson. “Seven straight years of tasteful fun is quite an accomplishment.”
The Wichita Thunder debuted at the Arena January 23 with a franchise-record attendance of 13,412. The Thunder currently ranks second in the CHL in attendance.
INTRUST Bank Arena opened January 9 with a sold out Brad Paisley concert. The venue also recently hosted Elton John and Billy Joel, George Strait and Reba and numerous family shows.