One of the more impressive buildings dedicated to the performing arts, the Kauffman Center is the highlight of the city's cultural scene. Located downtown, this multifaceted event center is dedicated to enhancing stage arts in the city by hosting nationally and internationally renowned artists, as well as providing a platform for local artists to share their expression with a bigger audience. Spread over approximately 285,000 square feet, the center is comprised of venues like the Muriel Kauffman Theatre and Helzberg Hall.
Chicago has the Green Mill and Kansas City has the Green Lady, a couple of things they have in common are great jazz and loads of ambiance. The only difference with the K.C. version is that guests can enjoy a couple of small bites while listening to some up-and-coming local artists. The cocktail menu is also filled with a lot of old-school drinks like the Manhattan, Rob Roy, Old-Fashioned and their very own Green Lady made with apple jack brandy. Check website for complete calendar of musicians and other information.
The Gem was constructed in 1912 using a Baroque-style motif in its architecture and was originally planned as a movie house in the historic 18th & Vine District. Today, it is a live music, dance and theater stage that hosts various acts, from musicals to live jazz, the Gem is always abuzz with activity. The theater is run under the benevolent auspices of the American Jazz Museum (located a few doors down on 18th) and is most notably known for its "Jammin' at the Gem" series which features some of the best musicians in the world.
Cradled in the arms of three major thoroughfares, this 18,000 seat center located downtown is one of the most popular spots to see a show in KC. After it was constructed, Elton John inaugurated the arena with a sold-out concert on October 13th, 2007. Since then, the Sprint Center has continued to host not just concerts, but sports events, Disney on Ice, professional bull riding and even Cirque du Soleil. The center's very own, 'College Basketball Experience' is another highlight. This is the NCAA version of the basketball hall of fame at the collegiate level and it features two-floors of college basketball memorabilia as well as exhibits about its history.
This stadium is home to MLB's Royals, a team that entered the league in 1969 and won the World Series in 1985. Since that series, the team has not had much success, but has had several popular players, most notably, George Brett. The stadium opened in 1973 and was named after the team's founder, Ewing Kauffman. The seating capacity holds 27,000 spectators and one of the interesting features that surrounds the outfield is the "Waterfall Spectacular". The water falls from a high 322ft and it is one of the largest artificial waterfalls in the country.
Here at the Kansas Speedway, NASCAR, IHRA and ARCA fans revel in the roar of the motors around this 1.5 mile tri-oval track. It holds more than 72,000 spectators and comes equipped with a state-of-the-art SAFER (steel and foam energy reduction) barrier. This barrier is the longest in the NASCAR circuit and offers impenetrable protection to fans.
A much-welcomed addition to the cultural weave of this city, the Muriel Kauffman Theater is located inside the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Promising to be a venue that presents an impressive variety of artists and events, this theater is definitely a venue to visit for those who really wish to know intimately the liveliness of Kansas City. Named after a local leader, this theater is a proscenium venue, with a capacity of 1,800 seats. Appointed with the latest in technology, this theater can make an audience experience quite memorable.
Helzberg Hall is the base of the Kansas City Symphony and one of the main performing halls of the impressive Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Its vineyard-style seating reminiscent of terraces in a grape plantation ensures there is no single bad seat. Due to this arrangement, there is an intimate feel to this hall, where you can catch your favorite artists from a very close range. This oval-shaped concert hall also boasts to have one of the best pipe organs in the country. The Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, Opus 3875 was custom built for this facility and is a key part of this venue's excellent acoustics.