The Wichita concert scene is about to get a lot hotter. Promoter Adam Hartke and a group of business colleagues recently announced the arrival of a new indoor-outdoor concert and event venue located on the northeast corner of Second and St. Francis. The new Wave center will feature both an indoor and outdoor stage along with a beer garden and space for food trucks. Wave will be able to accommodate 3,300 in the outside space and an additional 500 people indoors.
Hartke is enthusiastic about the overall sensory experience of the venue, which will feature a futuristic look combining the use of concrete, metal, and wood shipping containers to create an industrial style design. The spot is meant to evolve into a community gathering place with permanent food trucks, lawn games, and a deck for people to congregate and socialize. The beer garden will boast a variety of craft beers featuring local breweries to give the spot a regional flavor.
Developers believe that the prime location will essentially expand the Old Town area, with Wave anchoring the northern end of the area and Intrust Bank Arena capping the southern end. The unique capacity of Wave will fill a niche market that Wichita has yet to provide a space to satisfy. By providing this mid-size arena, promoters believe that Wichita will be put in the position to attract a greater variety of musical acts. Wave will also provide a legitimate space for an outdoor stage, an asset Wichita has lacked prior to this. Hartke promises the venue will offer the latest in technological innovation, providing premium lighting and sound. The official groundbreaking will be next month, with an anticipated opening date of late summer.