Sprint Center

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Sprint Center
Sprint Center logo.svg
Sprint Center Kansas City Missouri.jpg
Location 1407 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
United States
Coordinates 39°05′51″N 94°34′49″W / 39.09750°N 94.58028°W / 39.09750; -94.58028Coordinates: 39°05′51″N 94°34′49″W / 39.09750°N 94.58028°W / 39.09750; -94.58028
Owner City of Kansas City (city-government owned)
Operator Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)
Capacity 19,252 (concerts)
18,972 (basketball)
17,544 (hockey)[1]
17,297 (arena football)
Surface Multi-surface
Broke ground June 24, 2005
Opened October 10, 2007
Construction cost $276 million[2]
($319 million in 2016 dollars[3])
Architect Downtown Arena Design Team:
360 Architecture
Ellerbe Becket[4]
Rafael Architects
Project manager ICON Venue Group[5]
Structural engineer Walter P Moore[6]
Services engineer M-E Engineers, Inc.[7]
General contractor Mortenson Construction
Facade Design & Supply = Overgaard Ltd.
Kansas City Command (AFL) (2008, 2011–2012)
Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament (2008, 2010–present)

Sprint Center is a large, multi-use indoor arena in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.[8] The building is at 14th Street and Grand Boulevard, on the east side of the Power & Light District. The arena's naming rights partner is the telecommunications company Sprint, whose headquarters is in nearby Overland Park, Kansas.

Sprint Center opened on October 10, 2007, and a concert by Elton John three days later was the arena's first event.[9][10] The arena seats more than 19,000 people and has 72 suites. Sprint Center has effectively replaced Kemper Arena, which was built in 1974, just a few miles away in the southern portion of the West Bottoms. Additionally, the College Basketball Experience, which includes the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, is connected to and directly north of Sprint Center.

Sprint Center has hosted the Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament in 2008 and every year since 2010. It also hosted the first and second rounds of the 2009 NCAA Men's Tournament and 2013 NCAA Men's Tournament, as well as the regional rounds of the 2017 NCAA Men's Tournament and the 2010 NCAA Women's Tournament. The arena also was the home of the former Kansas City Command of the Arena Football League (AFL).

The city of Kansas City has entered into discussions with the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) about possible expansion or relocation of a professional hockey and/or basketball franchise for the arena; however, neither the NHL nor the NBA have yet to approve a team to play in the Sprint Center.[11][12]


Sprint Center entrance from Grand Boulevard in 2008.

Ground was broken for the arena on June 24, 2005, and construction completed on October 11, 2007. The final design, by the Downtown Arena Design Team (a collaboration of the architectural firms Populous, 360 Architecture, Rafael Architects, and Ellerbe Becket), was selected in August 2005. The construction manager responsible for the entire project was M.A. Mortenson Company, based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The complete exterior glass facade system, all metal panels for the adjacent buildings and all accessory metal cladding was custom designed, detailed and supplied by Overgaard Ltd. Hong Kong to Architectural Wall Systems, the Des Moines, Iowa based glazing contractor who installed the building envelope. In total there are approximately 13,000 m² (139,932 square feet) of double insulated glass and 5,000 m² (53,820 square feet) painted aluminum curtain wall panels. In addition there are roughly 200 tons of system profiles and accessories. All of the 2,404 individual glass units on the main building were produced sequentially and completely assembled prior to shipping. The 5,000,000 lbs of rebar used in construction was detailed, farbricated and supplied by The Carter-Waters Corporation of Kansas City. The arena also features a work of public art, The Moons, by artist Chris Doyle, commissioned by the Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission (KCMAC).

The Big 12 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament was held at Sprint Center in 2008, marking the tournament's return to Kansas City after three years in Dallas and Oklahoma City. After returning to Oklahoma City in 2009, the Sprint Center again hosted the tournament in 2010 and 2011. It is scheduled to be the tournament host site through 2020.[13] Due to Iowa State's recent Big 12 Tournament success, and their fanbase's huge migration to the annual event, the Sprint Center is referred to by Iowa State fans as "Hilton South", after Iowa State's home venue, Hilton Coliseum.[14]

The arena also houses the College Basketball Experience and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, which is at 1301 Grand Boulevard and connected to Sprint Center.

The arena's exterior is made of glass, and the interior has state-of-the-art technology with a 360-degree LED video screen. This facility allows Kansas City to draw most concerts touring the United States. There has been speculation of an NBA or NHL team relocating to Sprint Center, but no definitive plans have been announced.

Sprint Center opened on time and on budget[citation needed] on October 10, 2007 at 10:10 am. A tour lasted from 10:10 am – 10:10 pm for those who wanted to see it to grab a ticket at the box office. The tour consisted of the College Basketball Experience, two open concession stands: "Taco Taco" and "Oak Street Pizza"; a free drink from UMB Bank and other free items: a UMB Bank cup, a UMB Bank frisbee, and a UMB Bank ice scraper. UMB Bank is the only ATM in the new arena because it is a Sprint Center Founding Partner along with Farmland, The University of Kansas Hospital, QuikTrip, and Olevia. There are other Sprint Center Founding Partners: H&R Block, Toyota, American Century Investments, YRC Worldwide, and Time Warner Cable of Kansas City.

Photos of the arena[edit]

Arena users[edit]

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Possible major-league sports[edit]

The Kansas City Brigade played at the Sprint Center for one season before the original AFL folded after the 2008 postseason. However, the revamped AFL brought arena football back to the Sprint Center in 2011, with the team playing as the Kansas City Command.

William "Boots" Del Biaggio, III, made an offer to purchase the Nashville Predators of the NHL with the intention of bringing the team to the Sprint Center.[19] However, Del Biaggio has since joined a group of Nashville investors in an effort to keep the Predators in Nashville.[20] In June 2008, Kansas City's hopes to land the Predators took another blow as Del Biaggio ran into legal trouble over a multitude of unpaid loans, culminating in him filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, effectively ending any chance of Del Biaggio moving the Predators to Missouri. On January 10, 2007, it was reported the Los Angeles Clippers have taken an interest in moving to the arena.[21] New York Islanders owner Charles Wang announced the Islanders will play a preseason game September 22, 2009 at the Sprint Center against the Los Angeles Kings. Local media reported anonymous team sources stated the game was a test of the Kansas City market.[22] In 2007, Kansas City and the Sprint Center also attempted to attract relocation of the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the Penguins reached a deal with the City of Pittsburgh to build a new arena, the CONSOL Energy Center (now PPG Paints Arena), and stay in Western Pennsylvania. The Sprint Center had also been looked at as a possible relocation spot for the NBA's New Orleans Hornets and the Sacramento Kings (the latter of which had played in Kansas City) before both teams settled their local issues.[23][24] As recently as 2015, Kansas City was considered as a potential site for potential National Hockey League expansion, but the consensus among those who had the resources to buy an expansion franchise for the arena was that the NHL's asking price was too high.[25]

Despite losing out on pro teams, the NBA and NHL have held preseason games at Sprint Center. The most recent NHL preseason game, between the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals, took place on October 5, 2016; the most recent NBA preseason game, between the Miami Heat and Minnesota Timberwolves, took place on the 8th.

Other sporting events[edit]

  • The CBE Classic is held every year at Sprint Center. The event was first held on November 19, 2007 and November 20, 2007.
  • AVP Pro Beach Volleyball's Hot Winter Nights Tour was held at Sprint Center on January 12, 2008.
  • The PBR holds a Built Ford Tough Series event at Sprint Center annually since 2008. Prior to 2008, the event was held at Kemper Arena.
  • The Kansas City Brigade of the Arena Football League played their 2008 season at Sprint Center. They returned in 2011 after the 2009 AFL season was canceled due to financial reasons and the 2010 season saw Kansas City decide to take a break from Arena Football. The team shut down after the 2012 season.
  • The NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four was held at the Sprint Center on December 16 and 18, 2010.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins faced the Los Angeles Kings on September 27, 2011 in front of a sold-out crowd of 17,779. The Penguins won the NHL pre-season game 3-2 in a shootout.[26]
  • The Kansas Jayhawks men's basketball team has played at least one regular season non-conference game in the Sprint Center every season since the arena opened, starting with an 88-51 victory over the Ohio Bobcats on December 15, 2007, carrying over a tradition from Kemper Arena. As of December 17, 2016, Kansas' record in these games is 8-2.

Other events[edit]


Kansas City International Airport is 15 miles (24 km) northwest of Downtown Kansas City in Platte County, Missouri.

The arena's vicinity is served by four interstate highways:

and four US routes:


  1. ^ Kings, a NHL team
  2. ^ Sprint Center Official site Sprint Center construction cost
  3. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Sprint Center". 
  5. ^ "Sprint Center, Kansas City, Missouri". 
  6. ^ Sprint Center - Walter P. Moore
  7. ^ Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO - M-E Engineers Inc
  8. ^ "E 14th St & Grand Blvd Kansas City, MO 64106-2919". MapQuest. 
  9. ^ Elton John made Saturday night alright for a concert Kansas City Star, 13 October 2007.
  10. ^ Elton John to open Sprint Center Kansas City Star, 26 July 2007.
  11. ^ Keeler, Sean (October 16, 2014). "With the NBA and KC, never say never -- though we're getting close". Fox Sports Kansas City. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ "KC again left in the cold as NHL commissioner says 'no' to expansion". Kansas City Star. October 7, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  13. ^ http://www.sprintcenter.com/events/detail/2017-big-12-mens-baskeball-championship
  14. ^ http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/sports/college/iowa-state/cyclone-insider/2017/03/11/iowa-state-cyclones-west-virginia-mountaineers-big-12-conference-basketball-noise-complaint-tweet/99074026/
  15. ^ "Back to Rockville Review: Tina Turner Sold Out Show at Sprint Center". 
  16. ^ Robison, Keith (February 7, 2012). "Madonna to perform Oct. 30 at the Sprint Center, her first KC concert". Kansas City Star. 
  17. ^ "Paul McCartney gives Sprint Center crowd a show for the ages". 
  18. ^ http://www.sprintcenter.com/events/detail/roger-waters
  19. ^ Duhatschek, Eric. Balsillie shouldn't overplay his hand Globe and Mail, 13 June
  20. ^ ESPN.com news services. Bettman says board could vote on Predators bid by November ESPN.com, 20 September 2007
  21. ^ Other Teams Express Interest in Sprint Center KMBC Channel 9 Kansas City, 10 January 2007.
  22. ^ Shoalts, David. Islanders' arena plans caught in red tape Globe and Mail, 20 January
  23. ^ Report: League Looking into Kansas City for Hornets CBS CBSSportsline, 07 December 2010.
  24. ^ [1]
  25. ^ "NHL expansion comes at the wrong time for hockey fans in Kansas City". Nanaimo Daily News. July 6, 2015. 
  26. ^ "Hockey fans pack Sprint Center". 

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