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The Factory, a new 3,000-capacity venue set to open later this year in the St. Louis suburb of Chesterfield, is booking acts for the fall.
A rendering of the new Centene Community Ice Center in summer. (Courtesy CCIC) The next generation of NHL practice facilities extends to a new outdoor concert venue in St. Louis, the home of the Blues, the 2019 Stanley Cup champions. A ceremonial ribbon cutting is set for Saturday to christen the Centene Community Ice Center, an $83.5 million complex in Maryland Heights, a St. Louis suburb. The 277,000-square-foot center has four ice rinks, one of which is an elevated, covered outdoor space that converts to a small amphitheater for summer shows. The model is somewhat similar to Daily’s Place, the 6,000-seat amphitheater that also serves as a practice field for the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, and which connects to TIAA Bank Field, the team’s stadium. In St. Louis, Legacy Ice Foundation, a nonprofit formed to finance the project, signed a deal with Live Nation to book concerts in that space. During… Continue Reading Centene Community Ice Rink opens in St. Louis
The Benihana/RA Sushi stand opened at Sprint Center in March. (Courtesy Sprint Center). Sprint Center to bring successful stand’s sushi rolls to suites A new Benihana concession stand has filled a void at Kansas City, Mo.’s Sprint Center, resulting in plans to expand some menu items to the suite catering operation, said officials with arena operator AEG Facilities. Earlier this year, AEG signed a sponsorship with the 55-year-old Japanese restaurant chain to bring the Benihana brand to both 12-year-old Sprint Center and to Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif., home of Major League Soccer’s LA Galaxy. A third Benihana concession stand is at Yankee Stadium, where Legends runs the food at the home of Major League Baseball’s New York Yankees. New for the 2019 season, it’s situated at Section 127B along the third base line. In Kansas City, the Benihana deal is a three-year agreement with a total value… Continue Reading Benihana a Sharp Addition in KC
Kansas City’s Sprint Center opened in 2007 with a premium mix of 72 suites and about 1,400 club seats. (Getty Images) Loge boxes part of ‘wish list’ for upgrades at Kansas City arena Sprint Center could add new loge boxes as part of future improvements at the 18,972-seat arena, which has thrived for a dozen years in Kansas City without a primary sports tenant. It’s part of a “wish list” of upgrades pending approval by the city, which owns the building, said Brenda Tinnen, AEG’s general manager at Sprint Center. As of late June, no decision had been made on the project. AEG would share the cost of the retrofit with the city through the public-private partnership agreement they signed 15 years ago to develop the arena. Under those terms, the city pays for 65% and AEG is responsible for the remaining 35% of capital expenditures, Tinnen said. Sprint Center… Continue Reading Sprint Center Sailing Along Without an Anchor Tenant
The Kansas City Chiefs will sell seasonlong Foolish Lounge memberships for $155 a game. (Courtesy Kansas City Chiefs) Kansas City Chiefs create new all-inclusive ticket package The Kansas City Chiefs have carved out space on Arrowhead Stadium’s club level to create the Foolish Lounge, a new all-inclusive ticket package for the 2019 NFL season. The redeveloped indoor space is part of the existing Foolish Club in the stadium’s east end zone. The name of both premium areas comes from a phrase describing owners of the eight original teams in the American Football League, where the Chiefs first played. That group of eight includes the late Lamar Hunt, whose family owns the Chiefs. There are two 80-person rooms tied to the Foolish Lounge. Sports architect Populous designed the spaces in tandem with Levy, the Chiefs’ premium food provider. The layout includes some high-top seating, a buffet meal, big-screen televisions and views… Continue Reading Arrowhead Stadium Getting Foolish Lounge
The new renderings show a stadium built for a capacity of 22,500 to 25,500. (HOK and Snow Kreilich) With MLS planning further expansion, new renderings released When Major League Soccer last week announced plans to expand to 30 teams instead of the previously announced 28, it also said it wanted to “advance discussions” with ownership groups in Sacramento and St. Louis. Sacramento’s stadium plan has been set for years, awaiting MLS acceptance, but announcement of the two additional expansion slots has given fresh momentum to a new stadium plan in St. Louis. Soon afterward, architects HOK, working with Julie Snow of Snow Kreilich Architects of Minneapolis, released the latest officialrenderings of a planned soccer stadium in the city’s Downtown West District. It would be built just west of Enterprise Center, where the NHL’s Blues play. The soccer-specific venue aims for a capacity of 22,500 to 25,500. A major entry plaza… Continue Reading Soccer Takes a Step in St. Louis
Hy-Vee Arena, home to NBA and NHL teams when it was Kemper Arena, now provides playing space for residents plus regional and national youth tournaments. (Courtesy Hy-Vee Arena) Renovated Hy-Vee Arena provides Kansas City with a new place to play KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For Alfonso Hayes and those who play in his Ball Up Sporting adult basketball program, the recently renovated Hy-Vee Arena provides more than just a warm, dry location to play the game they love. “It’s a central place,” he said on a recent early spring day as he watched a pickup game drift up and down one of the building’s numerous open courts. “It’s become more like a community.” That is precisely what developer Steve Foutch had in mind five years ago when he first considered buying and renovating long-neglected Kemper Arena, for 33 years Kansas City’s primary arena, in the West Bottoms neighborhood southwest of… Continue Reading New Blueprint for Old Arenas?
The diamond club seats, among the best in Kauffman Stadium, are situated behind the Crown Club, which is next to the field. (Courtesy Kansas City Royals) MLB team selling 11-game plans for premium area behind home plate For the first time since the Konica Minolta Diamond Club opened at Kauffman Stadium in 2010, Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals are selling 11-game mini season ticket plans for those seats. The club is a three-tiered section of 775 seats behind home plate that sits behind the Crown Club, the premium seats closest to the field. Diamond club seats, as they are known generically, are among the most lucrative seats in baseball because of their location, and most MLB teams sell them in full-season and half-season ticket plans. In Kansas City, though, the Royals have seen some attrition four years after winning the 2015 World Series. They had a rough 2018 season, winning… Continue Reading Royals Offer Taste of Diamond Club
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