DESCRIPTION: In October 2007, Kansas City ushered in a new era of live entertainment with the addition of the award-winning arena, Sprint Center. A cornerstone of Kansas City’s downtown revitalization, Sprint Center is a state-of-the-art, 18,500-seat arena located east of the Kansas City Power & Light District.
ADDRESS: 1407 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo.
WEB SITE: www.SprintCenter.com
HOURS: Sprint Center box office is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with extended hours on event nights.
ADMISSION: Tickets to Sprint Center events may be purchased at the box office, SprintCenter.com or by calling 888-929-7849.
ANNUAL ATTENDANCE: More than one million guests attend events at Sprint Center each year.
HISTORY: Sprint Center was developed through a public/private partnership between the city of Kansas City, Mo., and Anschutz Entertainment Group. AEG operates some of the world's finest arenas, including STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and London's world-class arena, The O2.
The venue was designed by a collaboration of KC-based architect firms called the Downtown Arena Design Team, including representatives from Populous, Ellerbe Becket, 360 Architecture and Rafael Architects. The CBE portion of the complex was designed by ESI Design, best known for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
In August 2004, citizens approved a ballot initiative to fund the arena through hotel, motel and rental car fees. Construction broke ground in June 2005 and was completed fall 2007. A special performance by Elton John on Oct. 13, 2007, was the first publicly-ticketed event. In its first 60 days of operation, Sprint Center welcomed more than 400,000 guests at 38 events.
Sprint Center has hosted the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship in each year of operation with the exception of 2009. The championship is slated to remain in Kansas City through 2020. Sprint Center has also hosted the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Tournament, regional rounds of the NCAA Women’s Tournament, NCAA Women’s Volleyball Final Four and countless first class concerts and family shows.
WHERE TO GET LUNCH: Sprint Center’s 14 concession areas feature a variety of food and drinks. Before or after a show, check out the restaurants at the adjacent Kansas City Power & Light District, where the dining options range from an Irish pub to steaks and seafood.
HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES: The hands-on, high-energy exhibits at the College Basketball Experience recreate the intensity of a college basketball game.
DID YOU KNOW: The arena’s “glass bowl” exterior is made up of more than 2,200 panes of glass, each weighing between 700-750 pounds.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Take the MAX to the Arena stop or take the Kansas City Streetcar to the Power & Light stop (14th & Main).
From the north: Travel south on I-35 into downtown Kansas City. Take Exit 2F and merge onto Oak Street. Turn right on 13th Street and then left on Grand Boulevard. Sprint Center will be on your left.
From the south: Travel north on US-71. Merge onto I-670 West. Take Exit 2Q and turn right on Grand Boulevard. Sprint Center will be on your right.
From the east: Travel west on I-70 into downtown Kansas City. Take Exit 2Q and turn right on Grand Boulevard. Sprint Center will be on your right.
From the west: Travel east on I-70 and merge onto I-670 E. Take Exit 2R on the left. Turn left on Central Street and then a right on 14th Street. Finally, take a left on Grand Boulevard. Sprint Center will be on your right.
PARKING: More than 20,000 parking spots are within 10 blocks of the arena. For a map of available downtown parking, visit Sprint Center’s website. When purchasing tickets at the arena box office during non-event hours, 15-minute parking is available in the parking lot near Oak Street.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Shani Tate Ross, senior director of tickets sales, marketing and communications, 816-949-7100 or firstname.lastname@example.org