METALLICA's March 4 concert at Wichita, Kansas's Intrust Bank Arena shattered the venue's attendance record with a crowd of 15,690 fans on hand. The previous record was held by country legend George Strait, who drew 14,680 fans in 2014.
"Hosting METALLICA in Wichita for the first time in nearly 15 years was an absolute thrill and we couldn't be more excited to see our community support this concert in such a big way," said AJ Boleski, SMG general manager. SMG is the company that runs Intrust Bank Arena for Sedgwick County.
The METALLICA show was staged in the round, with one square stage in the center of the arena floor, and a chair-free floor filled with fans.
The second North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" features a few firsts, including a "Light It Up" pre-show party hosted by the band's friend, comedian Jim Breuer; and a "Wherever I May Roam Black Ticket" that gives a limited number of fans floor access to any show on the tour.
The "WorldWired" set and stage design, designed by the show's director, Dan Braun, features an immersive concert experience with a 44' x 44' square main-stage equipped with several prop lifts located in the center of the arena.
The "WorldWired" show features the touring industry's first autonomous indoor drone swarm, with 99 micro drones dancing like fireflies for the song "Moth Into Flame".
METALLICA kicked off the 2018/2019 U.S. leg of the "WorldWired" arena tour in September at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisconsin.