Kansas Coliseum was an entertainment complex in Valley Center, Kansas, United States. It is located southeast of I-135 and 85th Street North in the north Wichita metro area.
It hosted sporting events, concerts, shows, and consisted of four pavilions, one RV park and the 9,686-seat Britt Brown Arena, named for Harry Britton (Britt) Brown Jr., of Wichita, the former owner of The Wichita Eagle newspaper. Arena capacity can be configured for up to 12,200 people.
It was opened in 1977. Two brass plaques (one located on the lower level, by the box office windows and the other up on the main concourse) read:
“Dedicated September 1978, for the promotion of agricultural educational and cultural benefits, in behalf of the people of the world, by the citizens of Sedgwick County, the board of the county commissioners, the Kansas state park and resources authority, the economic development administration and the ozark regional commission of the United States Department of Commerce and the Kansas Coliseum Corporation.”
It hosted NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament first and second-round games in 1981 and 1994. The Wichita State University basketball teams played the 2002-03 season there while the Shockers’ on-campus home, Charles Koch Arena, was undergoing major renovations.
It was the home of the now-defunct Wichita Wings indoor soccer team, who played in the MISL and NPSL between 1979 and 2001. The Kansas Coliseum was the home venue for the Wichita Stealth, Wichita Aviators, and Wichita Wild indoor/arena football teams between 2001-2008. It also was home to the Wichita Thunder ice hockey team that played in the Coliseum from 1992 to 2009. The Wichita Thunder now plays in the INTRUST Bank Arena in downtown Wichita, Kansas.
The last Wichita Thunder hockey game ever played at the Kansas Coliseum was on January 9, 2010 in front of a home crowd of 5,556. The Thunder lost the game 3-1 to the Odessa Jackalopes. Brent Ottmann would be the last Thunder player to score a goal in the building at 2:05 of the 1st period, and Kenny Bernard of Odessa scoring the last goal ever at 19:53 of the 3rd period.
The final event to take place inside the Arena was the RV and Boat show on February 20, 2010. As of February 22, 2010, The Britt Brown Arena closed its doors. The neighboring Kansas Pavilions will remain open until at least 2016, but the arena will no longer host events. Power will remain to the building, but water has been shut off and the pipes drained.
On January 10, 2012 the entire Coliseum complex was sold by Sedgwick County to aviation research developer Johnny Stevens for a sum of $1,462,487.12. The Britt Brown Arena will be transformed into an aerospace testing facility, and surrounding Pavilions and RV park will continue to be operated until January 1, 2016 and possibly beyond should the events be profitable. The complex is now privately owned and all Sedgwick County signing has been removed. The complex will now operate as Kansas Coliseum LLC.