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Kemper Arena is reborn as Hy-Vee Arena after $39M renovation

October 11, 2018
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As seen in the Kansas City Business Journal. By Adam Vogler. (Oct 5, 2018)

Hy-Vee Arena, formerly Kemper Arena, is open after a $39 million renovation by Foutch Brothers LLC turning the facility into a two-level youth and amateur sports hub whose grand opening was Friday.

The completed facility has 12 mixed-use hardwood courts, four on the lower level and eight on the upper, and a 350-meter indoor running track. Each level has spaces for retail and offices.

See the attached photos for your first look inside the 44-year-old arena.

The second level was constructed using steel trusses supported by piers. The trusses required using a special type of steel, said Michael Reardon, director of operations at McCownGordon Construction LLC. Reardon added that it took four months to install the arena's two hardwood floors. McCownGordon started work on the renovation in September 2017.

Overall, the facility has 84,000 square feet of sports and event space. Each level uses the original seating from Kemper Arena, with 3,500 seats on the lower level and 5,500 seats on the second level.

The building also includes space for numerous tenants in addition to hits sports facilities. Current tenants include: Longboards Wraps and Bowls, Trilogy, The Escape House, Cool Beans, Celebration of Life, Oh! Café, Revolutionary Wellness, Saint Luke's, Cherry Sportsgear, The Smoothie Shop, The Real Spa, Kimberly Young Fashions, MindSport, Tycon Cos., HOPE Oasis Consulting, The Laya Center, Will Gregory Public Relations Co., Divergent, Ball Up, Midwest Adaptive Sports, UClick TV, All American Diner, Wise Power Lounge, KC Crew and Foutch Brothers. The building is officially open for business, but many tenants still are moving in.

KC CREW, an adult recreational sports organization with more than 6,000 members, has committed to renting the facility between about 9 p.m. and midnight every night of the week.

The original Kemper Arena was built in 1973-1974 on the site of the former Kansas City Stockyards in the West Bottoms. The arena was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2016.

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