“What attracted us to Wichita the community in total, and it’s just a desirable community with favorable economy, talented, educated workforce,” said Todd Waldo, Topgolf Real Estate Development director.
STAR bonds are a financing tool that allows Kansas municipalities to issue bonds to finance the development of major commercial, entertainment, and tourism projects. The bonds are paid off through the sales tax revenue generated by the development.
The new Topgolf facility is a nearly $26 million project including $10.2 million in STAR bond funding. It will be located in northeast Wichita near K-96 and Greenwich.
“It always was talked about putting a Topgolf, it just took a little longer to get there, but it is a great compliment on the whole STAR bond project,” said Sedgwick County Commissioner Pete Meitzner.
“I think that it’s great to see that Wichita is recognized and noticed and that people want to and industries want to invest in us,” said council member Becky Tuttle
Topgolf said the facility will be a two-story, 52-bay concept, with a restaurant and meeting spaces. The company said it will be a family-friendly entertainment venue and would open in 2023.
The nearest Topgolf to Wichita is located in northern Oklahoma City and Overland Park.
A portion of the bonds, $1 million, will go to Stryker Sports for safety netting, showers and locker room improvements.
Mayor Brandon Whipple and council members Becky Tuttle, Bryan Frye and Cindy Claycomb voted in favor of the development. Brandon Johnson, Jeff Blubaugh and Jared Cerullo voted against it.
“There’s a lot of places that really do need money,” said Wichitan Luke Wagle. “There’s a lot that could really be developed, really could promote economic growth.”
The city said they are not giving money to Topgolf.