For Immediate Release
November 27, 2019
Kate Flavin


Commissioners Recognize Long-Time Supporters at INTRUST Bank Arena

(Sedgwick County, Kan.) – Yesterday, Commissioners unveiled a plaque dedicating the lobby of Entrance C to long-time community advocates, Dave and Karen Unruh.

“In the ten years since it opened, INTRUST Bank Arena has hosted hundreds of events, seen hundreds of thousands of visitors, and pumped millions of dollars to our local economy,” Chairman David Dennis said. “While there were countless community members involved in getting the Arena off the ground, one person in particular is deserving of recognition.”

One of Sedgwick County’s strongest voices for INTRUST Bank Arena was former Commissioner Dave Unruh who served as a county commissioner for 16 years.

As Chairman at the time, Unruh constantly raised awareness of the Arena, and all the potential it held.

“Today, we are here to honor a great leader, Dave Unruh and his wife, Karen,” Commissioner Michael O’Donnell said. “Dave has planted many seeds in our community: National Center for Aviation Training, Sedgwick County’s Public Safety building, the Elephants of the Zambezi River Valley Exhibit at the Sedgwick County Zoo, and INTRUST Bank Arena to name a few. We would not be in this facility if not for his leadership. Thank you, Dave and Karen, for your selfless leadership to Sedgwick County.” 

The Dave and Karen Unruh Lobby will welcome guests to INTRUST Bank Arena, entering from Entrance C on the north side of the facility.

“I am flabbergasted, surprised, and overwhelmed,” former Commissioner Dave Unruh said. “This recognition should be spread across several other key people and community partners. I look forward to many more years of activity at INTRUST Bank Arena.”


Commissioners posing with Dave and Karen Unruh. Plaque dedicating the Dave and Karen Unruh Lobby