Sprint Downtown Arena
MA Mortensen, one of the biggest general contractors in the United States, came to Kansas City to build the Sprint Center, and partnered with J.A. Lillig for all the excavation and subcontractor work. Sprint Arena is one of the many jobs we’ve done with MA Mortensen. Our relationship from this job grew to include additional large-scale projects, including other arenas and stadiums, across the United States.
HISTORY: Sprint Center was developed through a public/private partnership between the City of Kansas City, Mo., and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG). AEG is the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world. AEG owns, operates or consults with 100 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide from the world’s busiest arena in London, The O2, to Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center.
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. Square Footage: 401,900
In Aug. 2004, citizens approved a ballot initiative to fund $222 million of total arena cost through hotel, motel and rental car fees. AEG contributed $54 million toward the final construction cost of $276 million. Construction broke ground in June 2005 and was completed in fall 2007. A special performance by Elton John on Oct. 13, 2007, was the first event at the arena. In its first 60 days of operation, Sprint Center welcomed more than 400,000 guests at 32 events.
Recognized among the world’s busiest arenas, Sprint Center is a mainstay among Top 100 Worldwide Arenas. According to Pollstar Magazine’s 2010 Year End Report, Sprint Center has been recognized as America’s fifth busiest arena and No. 13 among Worldwide Venues. In 2010, Sprint Center patrons enjoyed Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship, NCAA Women’s Volleyball Final Four, preseason action between the OKC Thunder and Miami HEAT as well as 17 of the top 20 North American Tours including Bon Jovi, Roger Waters, Michael Buble, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney’s Up and Coming Tour, Elton John and Billy Joel: Face to Face, Justin Bieber, The Black Eyed Peas and An Evening with James Taylor and Carole King.
DID YOU KNOW: The arena’s “glass bowl” exterior is made up of more than 2,200 panes of glass, each weighing between 700 and 750 pounds.
Sprint Center has exceeded financial projections since opening in Oct. 2007, having provided more than $4.1 million in unanticipated revenue to the City of Kansas City through a revenue sharing provision in the arena management agreement.
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