Foreword: The Buffalo Funds-NAIA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship is played at Municipal Auditorium in downtown Kansas City, Mo. The facility will host its 50th championship tournament played out March 19 - 25, 2014. The University of Missouri-Kansas City is a NCAA Division I school that calls Municipal Auditorium home for its basketball contests. The University is partnering with the city of Kansas City to renovate parts of Municipal Auditorium.
Parts of story courtesy of UMKC Athletics
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The University of Missouri-Kansas City and the City of Kansas City have partnered to renovate historic Municipal Auditorium for the upcoming college basketball season.
The $5 million renovation includes new video boards, LED scorer’s table, sound system, lighting, seating in the lower level and electrical upgrades.
The two new LED video boards, manufactured and installed by TS Sports, are approximately 47 feet wide and 12 ½ feet tall, while the LED scorer’s table display area is approximately 40 feet long and will sit courtside.
The new sound system will feature a more modern, clear sound and have more versatility for different events that take place in the arena.
The new lighting system will be placed on both sides of the arena, and at a 45 degree angle in the corners, replacing the old overhead lights. The historic Municipal ceiling will now be easily seen, while the lighting will improve the look of televised events and photography.
The seats in the lower level will be upgraded to new chair backs with arm rests and cup holders. The color of the seats will also be changed to grey, providing a more neutral background for the on-court action.
Plans for other future renovations to Municipal Auditorium are still in the negotiation phase.