From Phog Blog reader Brian:
I listened to the interview with the architects yesterday. Their main goal with all the glass was to create something that would be highly visible from the outside so that people on the street could see that something was happening inside the building. The wanted to tap into the natural energy that would be occuring with every event. They said that there may actually be visibility all the way into the arena bowl from the street (that would certainly be different). They have devised a way to control the lighting so that outside light would not affect what's happening inside...with reference made to the windows on the end of our favorite old barn.
The place just sounded like it was going to be a crown jewel for Kansas City and unlike any other arena in the world at this time. To comment on the importance of a new arena to downtown KC, Omaha recently built the Qwest Center. Last year Omaha ranked in the top 8 cities for concerts in the U.S. Kansas City ranked in the high 70s. Trust me folks, Omaha isn't normally on the top of the promoters list of tour cities. They are now. I suspect when the Sprint Center is completed in '07 that KC will steal some of those shows back...not to mention the Big 12 and perhaps a first or second round game.
The new building will seat 18,000+ on two levels with nearly 11,000 seats in the lower bowl.
Thumbs up at this juncture.