Memorial Hall (Kansas City, Kansas)

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Memorial Hall
Location 600 North 7th Street
Kansas City, Kansas 66101
United States
Coordinates 39°06′44″N 94°37′39″W / 39.112352°N 94.62761°W / 39.112352; -94.62761Coordinates: 39°06′44″N 94°37′39″W / 39.112352°N 94.62761°W / 39.112352; -94.62761
Capacity 3,500
Opened 1925 (1925)

Memorial Hall is an American multi-purpose venue, located in Kansas City, Kansas. The 3,500-seat auditorium, which has a permanent stage, is used for public assemblies, concerts and sporting events.

Establishment[edit]

The venue opened in 1925.

Notable events[edit]

Musical events[edit]

It was the location of American country-music singer Patsy Cline's last public performance, during a benefit concert on March 3, 1963 – two days before her death in an airplane crash in Camden, Tennessee, while en route to Nashville, Tennessee, from Kansas City.

On September 11, 1972, Pink Floyd performed their new concept album, Dark Side of the Moon, 5 months before the record setting album's release. This was also Pink Floyd's first concert in the Kansas City Area.

During its 1975 Dressed to Kill Tour, the American heavy-metal rock band Kiss made its Kansas City metropolitan area concert debut at the venue on April 13, 1975. Its only appearance at the venue, the band opened for the Dutch rock band Golden Earring.

American rock band REO Speedwagon recorded parts of its first live album, Live: You Get What You Play For (1977) at the venue on October 31, 1976, including the album's closing track "Golden Country".

American rock band Grateful Dead played 7 shows there on the following dates: 2/5/69, 11/13/72, 10/28/77, 2/9/79, 2/10/79, 12/10/79 and 12/11/79.[1]

On December 1983, Peter Gabriel recorded there part of his live album 'Plays Live'.

On January 20, 1992, The Wieners played their new album "Weiners Live".

Sporting events[edit]

Professional wrestling

Professional wrestling was a Thursday-night tradition at the venue in the 1970s, with cards often taped for the All-Start Wrestling telecast days later.

American professional wrestler Harley Race won his first National Wrestling Alliance championship at the venue in 1973, defeating American Dory Funk Jr. in three falls.[clarification needed] American Professional Wrestler: Ric Flair won his First NWA Championship at the venue in September 1981 defeating Dusty Rhodes.

Mixed martial arts

On November 20, 2009, the venue hosted the mixed martial arts event Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Bears.

On April 28, 2012, the venue hosted Invicta FC 1: Coenen vs. Ruyssen.

On July 28, 2012, the venue hosted Invicta FC 2: Baszler vs. McMann.

On October 6, 2012, the venue hosted Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sigiyama

On January 5, 2013, the venue hosted Invicta FC 4: Esparza vs. Hyatt

Other events[edit]

The Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools district holds an annual convocation for staff at the venue each August. All district staff is present for this event.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The SetList Program