#75 – Sprint Center
1407 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106
Features: 72 suites, 19,000 seats, concessions, the College Basketball Experience
Tip: Park in the Crossroads and ride the Streetcar to Power and Light.
The Sprint Center is a large, multi-use arena in downtown Kansas City. Since its opening in 2007, the Sprint Center has been great place to enjoy concerts, sporting events and more.
About the Sprint Center
Along with the Power and Light District, the Sprint Center brought a resurgence in to the downtown area in the late 2000s. The arena opened in 2007, with Elton John performing the first concert that sold out in less than 90 minutes. Just a month later, Garth Brooks performed nine sold out shows. Garth returned in 2017, selling out almost all seven of his shows.
The Sprint Center replaced Kemper Arena, a 1970s-arena in the West Bottoms of Kansas City. With its proximity to Power and Light and downtown Kansas City hotels, the arena is now in the perfect location.
Popular Events at the Sprint Center
There’s always something going on at the Sprint Center. Whether you want to see a big name perform or your favorite team pull off a win, the Sprint Center is the place to go. Regular events include:
- College Basketball Experience – The national hall of fame for men’s college basketball, the CBE is both interactive and full of history.
- BIG 12 Tournament – Since 2011, the arena has play host to the Big 12 Tournament, and is scheduled to host the tournament through 2020. It’s is referred to by Iowa State fans as “Hilton South”, after Iowa State’s home venue, Hilton Coliseum.
- Concerts – Big names to sell out the 19,000-seat arena. Notable acts of 2018 include The Eagles, Kesha, Jimmy Buffett, Shania Twain, Fall Out Boy, Justin Timberlake and Elton John.
By far, my favorite time to visit is the Big 12 Tournament. You just can’t beat it. Xx, Libbie.