Monthly Event Hosted by Hy-Vee Arena
November 28 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
What many remember as the The Kemper Arena, which was built in 1974 and owned by Kansas City, was sold to the Foutch Brothers who have spent almost two years and $39 million to redevelop this piece of history as a sports and recreation facility. In 2016, the building was named to the National Register of Historic Places to recognize the unique design features incorporated by the original architect Helmut Jahn who has other noteworthy designs including the Sony Center on the Potsdamer Platzin Berlin, Germany, the Messeturm in Frankfurt, Germany, the One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (formerly the tallest building in Philadelphia), and an international airport in Bangkok, Thailand.
Original Kemper Arena (c. 1974)
Now referred to as the Hy-Vee Arena, the site has been repurposed as a youth sports arena and is booked several weeks out for events ranging from pickleball, volleyball, basketball and wrestling. While the old Kemper Arena seated 19,500, Hy-Vee will seat 8,500 including 5,000 upper level seats that spans eight high school basketball courts that can also be used for other sports plus 3,500 lower level seats. Yes there are two levels of action! The lower level, which was the original floor at Kemper Arena, will offer four courts (regulation NCAA and NBA).
Don’t miss the opportunity to join the Urban Core Group for an inside look at the new Hy-Vee Arena, the nation’s first multi-level sports complex. This link is to a press release by Hy-Vee, May 2018, Iconic Kansas City Venue Named Hy-Vee Arena.