Mosaic Arena takes shape in KC's West Bottoms

Renovated facility will open in September 2018

Jim Cunningham
September 26, 2017 - 4:02 pm
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Kansas City, MO - The new owners of what is now called the Mosaic Arena held an offical groundbreaking Tuesday, though demolition began months ago to renovate the old Kemper Arena in Kansas City's West Bottoms.

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

 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.  

The facility 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 arena is expected to open in September 2018 and is already booked solid for the first year of operation.

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