Wichita’s Wave indoor-outdoor concert venue debuted a year and a half ago, but now, after listening to fans’ requests, the event space will expand and offer more seats.
According to the Witchita Eagle, Wave will head under construction again. Promoter Adam Hartke told the Eagle that the team is working on building an upper deck box outside, which is really an L-shaped balcony. The new structure will be freestanding, running along the north side of the building and partway down the west-side fence line. Hartke said it will be a “really nice place” for attendees who don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the crowd.
People will also have the ability to buy permanent deck boxes that include 12 chairs each, however, there will also be balcony seating available for one-time eventgoers. Each box will be able to hold more than 200 people, with a dedicated bar on that level fully equipped with food and drink service for each box. Right now, the venue holds about 250 to 450 people, including reserved and general admission seating, stools, picnic tables, and lawn furniture. However, shows with reserved seating can accommodate 2,900 people in rows of seats. Hartke said it varies per show and artist.
So far, Hartke told the Eagle that since opening, fans are really “loving” the venue and artists are complimenting its design, noting that “our goal is to unite people through music.”
In a Facebook post, the venue noted that construction on the outdoor space will begin this winter and is set to wrap-up in April ahead of the Method Man & Redman show on April 24. Organizers said the new deck boxes will “give a truly unique view and experience to our shows.” Ticketing and purchasing information will be available in the coming weeks.
This spring, fans can look forward to concerts from Mike Zito and His Big Blues Band, the Steel Woods with Tennessee Jet, The Cadillac Three, and Moonshine Bandits. See the full list of Wave’s upcoming events here.