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Kemper Arena

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Identification

Kemper Arena
251296

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Structure in General

stadium
existing [completed]
steel
exposed structure
white
postmodernism

Usages

basketball concert location
commercial office

Facts

  • In the chronology of Kansas City's convention facility's, Kemper replaced Municipal Auditorium as the region's main meeting hall. Likewise, the new Sprint Center will succeed the Kemper as the showcase arena.
  • The 1976 Republican National Convention nominated Gerald Ford for President and Bob Dole for Vice President in this arena.
  • What meteorologists called a "downburst" during a June 1979 severe thunderstorm caused approximately one-third of the suspended roof to collapse onto the arena floor. It occurred in the middle of the night and no one was injured.
  • The National Basketball Association Kings and numerous professional minor league soccer, and hockey teams have been housed in the facility over the past three decades.
  • In 2006 Kemper Arena will be home to an expansion AFL franchise. The expansion team was named the Kansas City Brigade and will be placed in the Southern Division.
  • The NCAA Final Four College Basketball Tournament was held here in 1988 and the University of Kansas defeated the University of Oklahoma for the National Championship.

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Location

1800 Genessee Street
1800 Genessee Street
64102
Kansas City
Missouri
U.S.A.

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