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Sprint Center Arena

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Identification

Sprint Center Arena
211649

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Structure in General

stadium
existing [completed]
concrete
glass
curtain wall
green
futurism

Usages

basketball
concert location

Facts

  • The 18,954 seat (HOK figure) arena will be built on four square blocks bounded by 13th south to 15th (I-670) and Grand Boulevard east to Oak Street, and is considered to be part of the new Power & Light District Development. This project will now cover 11 city blocks.
  • Anschutz Entertainment Group of Los Angeles has signed an agreement to contribute $50-million of the $250-million cost of the project, which will replace Kemper Arena as the city's main indoor sports center.
  • The agreement calls for Anschutz to cover any cost overruns AND operating deficits, manage the arena for 35-years and work to attract both an NHL and an NBA teams.
  • Because of its design, with a reflective glass skin on a wide oval shape, it has been nicknamed the "crystal bowl".
  • Sprint/Nextel, which has it's world operational headquarters in surburban Overland Park, KS, has purchased the naming rights for the arena for $62-million.
  • On 8/3/04, voters inside the corporated city limits of Kansas City, MO, approved increases in local hotel room and car rental taxes (frequently called "user fees") to help pay for the arena.
  • Two connections worth noting: Board Chairman Phillip C. Anschutz is a native of Russell, KS, 200 miles west on I-70 and Kansas City, MO, City Manager Wayne Cauthen came from a similar post in a Denver, where Anschutz makes his home now.
  • Collectively, this consortium has designed 24 of the 28 multi-purpose arenas in the USA and beat out world-renowned architect Frank Gehry of L.A. and Crawford Architects of Australia.
  • Ground was broken in a formal ceremony March 16, 2005.
  • A city-appointed architect selection committee has chosen the "Downtown Design Team," a consortium of HOK, Sport+Venue+Event, Ellerbe Becket, 360 Architects...all with offices in Kansas City, MO.

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Location

1407 Grand Boulevard
1410 Oak Street, 200 Truman Road
1407 Grand Boulevard
64106
Kansas City
Missouri
U.S.A.

Technical Data

110.01 ft
98.00 ft
530.02 ft
430.02 ft
7
4
2005
2007
$276,000,000

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