Sprint Center is a large,multi-use indoor arena in downtown Kansas City,Missouri. The building is located at 14th Street &Grand Boulevard,on the east side of the Power &Light District. The arena’s title sponsor is the telecommunications company Sprint,whose world headquarters is in nearby Overland Park,Kansas.
Sprint Center opened to the public on October 10,2007,and a concert on October 13,2007 by Elton John was the first event held at the arena. The arena is estimated to seat 18,500 people and have 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 will be connected to and located directly north of Sprint Center.
The Sprint Center hosted the 2008 Big 12 Conference men’s basketball tournament,and in addition will host the first and second rounds of the 2009 NCAA Men’s Tournament and the regional rounds of the 2010 NCAA Women’s Tournament.
Kansas City has also entered into discussions with the NHL and the NBA regarding possible expansion or relocation of a professional hockey and/or basketball franchise for the arena.