Kemper Arena to become Hy-Vee Arena as the grocery chain secures naming rights

Renovated arena to open later in 2018

KMBZ News Staff
May 17, 2018 - 2:14 pm

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Kansas City, MO - The grocery store chain Hy-Vee has secured naming rights for the now-former Kemper Arena in the West Bottoms.

The new name will be Hy-Vee Arena.  It was to be called Mosaic Arena, however in February 2018, Mosaic Life Care released its naming rights sponsorship.

The 44-year-old facility just west of downtown Kansas City has been undergoing a renovation since late summer of 2017.

The arena is being repurposed into a regional amateur sports facility for youth and adults at a cost of around $39 million, and will be a multi-use sports complex, and will feature office and business space.

 The development company Foutch Brothers bought Kemper from the city for $1.00. The aging facility had been costing taxpayers more than $1 million a year in maintenance.  

Kemper Arena opened in 1974 and played host to college and professional basketball games, professional hockey and wrestling events, concerts and the 1976 Republican National Convention.

It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The new Hy-Vee Arena is expected to open in September 2018 and is already booked solid for the first year of operation.

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