Wednesday, July 26, 2006

What event should open Sprint Center?

OK, let's talk about something exciting.

The opening of Sprint Center!

I think everyone in Kansas City agrees that the concept and building of Sprint Center is a much needed addition to downtown Kansas City's revitalization (along with H&R Block's headquarters, growth of loft apartments and condos and the proposed KCP&L district--photo below left) and the financing through hotel and rental car taxes was the way to go.

According to, the arena opens in 441 days.

What do you think should be the first event in the new arena?

Since the opening will be mid-October 2007, there are a few options.

A concert or a college basketball game
(and, I suppose, it could still be an NHL game. No chance for an NBA game since the NBA season doesn't start until November 1)

Either one, a concert or a basketball game, would have to appeal to a mass audience and ensure a crowed of 18,000+.

My thought
Big XII - Big 10(11) Challenge
Missouri Vs. Iowa

Kansas Vs. Illinois

Such an event would not only draw college basketball fans to the NABC Hall of Fame opening, but also appeal to both sides of the state line and would, most likely, draw national television from at least ESPN.

Missouri vs. a Midwest region powerhouse and Bill Self against his former team, Illinois.

In 2007, all four teams may be ranked in the preseason top 25.

The right concert, like Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Jimmy Buffett, Billy Joel or the Rolling Stones would be sure sellouts, but would they capture the spirit of the arena as well as college hoops?

Your thoughts?


At 8:25 PM, Anonymous dale said...

I'd like to see the puck dropped center ice for the first go around in the Sprint Center (of course)! A nice expansion AHL team, maybe? But then again, Big12-Big10 (+Penn State) hoops action may be a good second.

At 1:12 PM, Blogger Max said...

Jimmy Buffett!!!!


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