Hy-Vee Arena Officially Opens with Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Events

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October 5, 2018


Kansas City, MO (Oct. 5, 2018) — After years of limited use, a fully renovated/reimagined building brings new life to the former Kemper Arena and the Stockyard District of Kansas City. Today, a ribbon cutting ceremony took place with Foutch Architecture and Development, Hy-Vee and city officials to commemorate the official opening of the new Hy-Vee Arena. Foutch Architecture and Development invested more than $39 million in the infrastructure and repurposed the building - originally built for spectator performances and sporting events - into a multi-use, state-of-the-art recreational facility. Commercial and retail tenants now include sports training and medicine, professional offices, sports-related retail, and food and beverage outlets. 

Hy-Vee Arena is now a first-of-its-kind, state-of-the-art sports arena and hub for hundreds of local, regional and national tournaments each year. The arena design includes the addition of a second floor, providing more than 84,000 square feet of sports and event space. In addition to the two floors of column-free hardwood floors, one of the largest indoor tracks in the U.S., measuring 350 meters, is perched over the new 52,000-square-foot second floor.

Historic Kemper Arena was constructed 1973–1974 on the site of the former Kansas City Stockyards, just west of downtown in the West Bottoms. The building was revolutionary at the time in its simplicity and the fact it did not have interior columns obstructing views. In 2016, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Specialty businesses within the facility will include speed and agility training, cross-fit, a fitness gym, hydrotherapy, golf simulators, e-gaming, dining, retail and commercial offices. Tenants with current leases in place include: Trilogy, The Escape House, Cool Beans, Celebration of Life, Oh! Café, Revolutionary Wellness, St. Luke’s, Cherry Sportsgear (pending TI), The Smoothie Shop (pending TI), The Real Spa (pending TI), Kimberly Young Fashions, MindSport, Tycon Companies, HOPE Oasis Consulting, The Laya Center, Will Gregory Public Relations Company, Divergent, Ball Up , Midwest Adaptive Sports, UClick TV, All American Diner, Wise Power Lounge (Golf Simulators), KC Crew and Foutch Architecture and Development.
 

To follow is a schedule of this weekend’s events:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
11 am – 1 pm – Dink Pickleball Clinic & Open Play

11 am – 10 pm – FREE Open Court Play

3 – 9 pm – DJ Ashton Martin & DJ Hydan

4 – 8 pm – Theatre of the Imagination Photo Booth

4 – 8 pm – THE WORLD’S LARGEST HAPPY HOUR

4 – 8 pm – Big Brothers Big Sisters on-site

5 – 8 pm – Happy Hour Games with KC Crew!

6 pm – Hip Hop Happy Hour Yoga with The Laya Center

6 pm – 11 pm – KC Cornhole Tournament

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6
6 am-Noon – Sickle Cell Walk

6 am-10 pm – FREE Open Court Play

9 am – 9 pm – KC Cornhole Showdown

9 – 10 am – Public Yoga with Kristen Daschke, Revolutionary Wellness, LLC

10 am – 2 pm – Blood Drive Community Blood Center

10 am – Hy-Vee KidsFit event

10 am – 2 pm – Bulldog Rescue (Main Concourse)

10 am – 2 pm – Theatre of the Imagination Photo Booth

10 am – 6 pm – Big Brothers Big Sisters on-site

10 am – 11:30 am – Dink Pickleball

11 am – 5 pm – DJ Ashton Martin & DJ Hydan

11 am – 4 pm – NCAA Watch Parties (Main Arena Bar)

11 am – 1 pm – Johnsonville Cookout (Fundraiser with MAS)

11 am – 1 pm – KC Crew Open Gym

11:30 am – 1 pm – KC Crew Pickleball

Noon – 2 pm – Midwest Adaptive Sports Open Gym

Noon – 6 pm – All Custom Showdown with Wide Open Mag & Gail’s Harley Davidson. (Outside
Concourse/North Lot)

1 pm – Hy-Vee KidsFit event

1 pm – 6 pm – Ball Up Sporting Open Gym

1 pm – 3 pm – Park University Volleyball

3 pm – 4 pm – Kids Basketball Clinic with The Legends

4 pm – 5 pm – Kids Contests with the Arena Staff

5 pm – THE HARLEM LEGENDS vs. THE KC ALL STARS

6 pm – Halftime Show – Pythons Drill Team

7 pm – The Harlem Legends Autograph Session

About Hy-Vee, Inc.
Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s more than 80,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com


About Foutch Architecture and Development
Foutch Architecture and Development, LLC., is a privately-owned company headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.  The architecture and development company is known for its ingenuity and one-stop-shop approach since 2004 and has developed over $300 million of historic and tax credit related properties.  The arena is the company’s largest sports project to date.

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