The Expocentre in Topeka saved nearly $1 million in 2018. The Expocentre management group Spectra was hired in 2017 to cut the event center’s operating costs.
The county had been paying a subsidy of more than $1.4 million to keep the Expocentre up and running. Spectra promised to run it for half that cost.
Last year, they not only met that budget requirement, but saved an additional $80,000. Kellen Seitz, the general manager of the Expocentre, said altogether, Spectra is running the event center for about $800,000 less than the previous management group.
“That’s almost a million dollars of real money that has been allocated in the past that now can go into other county tax payer funded programs, not to keep the lights on at the Expocentre” Seitz said. “Those are things that we are very proud of.”
The Expocentre will be renovated soon with construction starting in May. There will be a new equine arena, stall barn renovation and exhibition hall expansion.
Landon arena and the Landon entry are also getting a new look. There’s also going to be an endzone bar in the arena. They’re adding more concession stands too.
Seitz expects the renovations will bring in $20 million each year. They plan for all those renovations to be finished in 2021.