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Big handbags and backpacks are no longer allowed inside Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena.

The venue made the policy change on Monday in an effort to increase the level of safety for patrons and employees.

Arena General Manager AJ Boleski says bags must be within 14-inches long and 14-inches wide or smaller.

"All the bags–we'll be searching, and then no backpacks will be allowed whatsoever. We will allow diaper bags and medical bags, but they will be searched as well."

Boleski says the change in security measures is in line with industry standards.

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Wichita has been selected as a host site for the U.S. Figure Skating 2018 Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships.

The competition will take place Jan. 24-28 at Intrust Bank Arena, and practices will take place at the Wichita Ice Center.

Synchronized skating features teams of up to 20 skaters performing themed routines, lasting less than five minutes and set to music that ranges from Disney and Broadway classics to jazz, hip hop and classical.

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A quarterly report spanning April to June of this year shows that Intrust Bank Arena earned $297,794 less than what it spent on operations.