Metallica sets attendance record at INTRUST Bank Arena

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

INTRUST Bank Arena in downtown Wichita set a new attendance for a single concert when it hosted Metallica fans Monday night.

The arena said 15,600 people attended the sold-out show. It was the highest attended show in the arena's nine-year history. 

“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 SMG General Manager, AJ Boleski. “We pride ourselves in hosting world-class entertainment at INTRUST Bank Arena and now these world-class entertainers will be cemented in our history for the highest attended concert."


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Bitterly cold temperatures and thousands of miles of travel weren't enough to stop Metallica fans from rocking out. 

"I love Metallica so inspirational, they changed my life, they're why I picked up my guitar," says Ramon Benavides from Houston, Texas. 

Fans lined up early outside Intrust Bank Arena on one of the coldest days of the season. 

"We have been sitting in line since 6 am in the morning," says Alex Mathias. 

They came from as far away as Colorado, Texas, Florida, and even Germany. Stefan and Nicole Grampp traveled all the way to Kansas to see Metallica live for the 36th time. 

"It's always fun to visit foreign countries and have fun with Metallica," says Grampp.

Mike Mueller might be Metallica's biggest fan. 

"It was a revelation. That day my life changed, started telling all my friends someday this is the biggest band on earth," says Mueller. 

Mueller is from Illinois and will travel to every single show. 

"It's gone coast to coast, border to border. El paso has been the loudest crowd I've seen yet. The philly crowd, they were insane," says Mueller. 

All thanks to the band's coveted "black ticket."

"I was fortunate enough to get one of these. 250 people got them. It allows you access to all the shows on the 2018-2019 North American world wide tour," says Mueller. 

Adam Ivy first saw the rock band 30 years ago when he was just 14. Now, he's passing the torch to his 14-year-old daughter, Angelina. 

"For as long as I can remember and it's because of my dad," says Angelina Ivy. 

Metallica was one of three concerts held at Intrust Bank Arena in just a four day span.