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Discover a brand-new convention destination with a familiarization tour of Kansas City.

Pick a day – any day. Choose from a quick day trip or an overnight visit.

Let us know what you want to see. We’ll customize your itinerary, make all the arrangements and even pick up the tab.

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Brand New Walkable Convention District $5 Billion Downtown Renaissance Expanded Convention Center Major New Attractions Renovated Hotels


K C ’ S FAVO R I T E T H I N G S JAZZ

Let us introduce you to a convention destination where friendly people, affordable prices and a central location are a given. Where unexpected discoveries can be found around every corner. A place with a spirited personality and a genuine heart that’s a breath of fresh air. W E ’ D L I K E Y O U T O M E E T K A N S A S C I T Y. TO F R I E N D S , I T ’ S J U S T K C .

From the roaring ’20s to the early ’40s, jazz reigned in KC, producing the swinging signature sound that became known as Kansas City-style Jazz. Today live jazz can be heard regularly at more than 25 area nightclubs. X

BARBECUE

KC’s signature food is served up at more than 80 barbecue establishments, each boasting its personal house specialty. The secret to KC-style barbecue is that it’s slow smoked for up to 18 hours, usually over hickory. Be sure to try the burnt ends. X

F O U N TA I N S X Part of KC’s charm comes from impressive boulevards, spacious parks and dazzling fountains. KC boasts a collection of more than 200 fountains—more than anywhere else in the world except Rome, Italy. Hence the nickname “City of Fountains.”

Image courtesy of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

K C ’ S F A M I LY T R E E J E S S E J A M E S [ 1847-1865 ]

Famous outlaw was born and met his end here H A R RY S . T R U M A N [ 1884-1972 ]

The Blue Room - Kevin Sink Photography

The Buck Stops at his presidential library in nearby Independence T H O M A S H A RT B E N TO N [ 1889-1975]

Distinctive artist’s home and studio is just like he left it WA LT D I S N E Y [ 1901-1966 ]

Opened first animation studio here, Laugh-O-Gram Studios C O U N T B A S I E [ 1904-1984 ]

Jazz great influenced big band sound from KC S AT C H E L PA I G E [ 1906-1982 ]

Legendary pitcher played for KC Monarchs B U C K O ’ N E I L [ 1911-2006 ]

Local baseball great became face of Negro Leagues C H A R L I E PA R K E R [ 1920-1955 ]

Local saxphonist grew up to become a legend in jazz M I C K E Y M O U S E [ Created in 1928 ]

Inspired by a friendly rodent at Laugh-O-Gram Studios K AT E S PA D E [ 1962- ] C O N TA C T U S AT 8 7 7 - 5 2 8 - 4 7 4 8 O R G O TO M E E T K C . C O M .

Handbag designer is a native and frequent visitor

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“Kansas City, Mo., is a lively up-and-coming urban center with a small-town feel—there are few places in America where the people are friendlier.” – Boston Herald

Downtown Kansas City - Kevin Sink Photography

K C F U N FAC T S Eric Bowers Sprint Center -Downtown Kevin Sink -Photography

The Kansas City Barbecue Society reports that KC has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any other city in the world. Jazz has been a staple of the KC music scene since the 1920s with artists like Count Basie, Bennie Moton and Jay McShann. Charlie “Bird” Parker, who was born in Kansas City, Kan., grew up during this era. The jam session originated in Kansas City. Jazz musicians would gather after their gigs and play together into the wee hours of the morning. In 1910, Joyce Hall began selling postcards out of a shoebox in KC. Today, his company has grown to the world’s largest greeting-cards maker, Hallmark Cards.

Crown Center Square

Among the companies based in Kansas City: AMC Entertainment American Century Investments

KC is home to the largest maker of boxed chocolates in the world. Based here since 1932, Russell Stover Candies still hand dips more than 25 million pieces of chocolate each year. Walt Disney opened his first animation studio in Kansas City, LaughO-Gram Studios. He fed a small mouse in the building, which he later said was his inspiration for Mickey Mouse. The Country Club Plaza opened in 1922 as the nation’s first shopping district designed for the automobile.

Applebee’s Boulevard Brewing Co. Cerner Garmin International H&R Block Hallmark Cards Russell Stover Candies Sprint Nextel Yellow Roadway Corporation

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Local advertising agency Bernstein-Rein invented the Happy Meal for McDonald’s after the owner noticed his son staring at the cereal box during breakfast. A young Ernest Hemingway worked as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star from 1917 to 1918. He returned to the city for the birth of his second son and wrote the tragic ending to his World War I epic A Farewell to Arms while here.

Revitalized Downtown

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Walkable Convention District Entertainment

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Convention Center

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Downtown Hotels

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Dining

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Attractions

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Transportation About KC

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Cover : J.C. Nichols Fountain at the Country Club Plaza - Kevin Sink Photography

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“With an excellent central U.S. location and good airlift, the city is booming with new convention-friendly amenities…” – Meetings MidAmerica

K C I S C R E AT I N G A B U Z Z .

That’s what happens when you spend $5 billion revitalizing your downtown. Start with a brand new convention district with more than 50 restaurants and entertainment venues outside the door of the convention center. Add an expanded and renovated convention center complex. Sprinkle in unique museums that you won’t find anywhere else, and you’ll discover that KC has something special in store for your next convention.

F LY I N G

If you’re flying…Kansas City International Airport is often distinguished as one of the most passenger-friendly airports in the world. Serviced by 12 major airlines. Nonstop service to nearly 50 destinations, ranking ahead of Chicago-Midway and Pittsburgh.

Kansas City Power & Light District

Location in the middle of the country means you can fly to either coast in less than three hours. Not a hub for any one airline making airfares among the lowest in the nation. KCI Airport - Keith Philpott

FLIGHT TIMES FROM MAJOR U.S. CITIES A I R P O RT C O D E : M C I

Drive-to-your-gate design of terminals means the distance from passenger drop-off to your airplane is less than 75 feet. DRIVING

Sprint Center

500 m. 300 m.

Less than three years after its opening, Pollstar magazine identified Sprint Center as America’s third busiest arena (and #6 among worldwide venues).

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If you’re driving…KC is reachable by more than 55 million people in less than one day’s driving time. Three major interstate highways intersect in downtown KC (I-29, I-35 and I-70).

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“Long linked to the cattle and farming industries, brawny Kansas City, Missouri, has evolved way beyond meat and wheat. This vibrant Midwest metropolis has morphed into a cultural center …” – National Geographic Traveler

K C I S E A S Y TO G E T TO.

K C ’ S S TAT S

Home to 2 million people, KC is right in the center of the country. Think if it this way…if the U.S. were a person, KC would be its heart. Hence the nickname “Heart of America.”

It’s located right in the middle of the country, making it readily accessible from anywhere in the nation. In fact, it is the only major city located within 250 miles of both the geographic and population centers of the U.S. The maximum distance from anywhere in the contiguous U.S. is approximately 1,900 miles, or half the distance from coast to coast.

KCI Airport - Keith Philpott Bloch Building at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

KC is a bi-state metropolitan area that straddles the Missouri-Kansas state line. You’ll find a passionate college rivalry that dates back to the Civil War.

KC’s been on a spending spree over the last few years. What does $5 billion in downtown development buy? Among the recent openings…

(Go Missouri Tigers! Go Kansas Jayhawks!)

Downtown Skyline - Kevin Sink Photography

$ 8 5 0 M I L L I O N [2008]

Kansas City Power & Light District $ 2 7 6 M I L L I O N [2007]

D OW N TOW N R E N A I S S A N C E

Sprint Center $ 1 5 0 M I L L I O N [2007]

KC has undergone a remarkable transformation. More than 14 blocks in the heart of downtown have experienced one of the most concentrated urban redevelopment projects in the nation. An area that once housed boarded-up buildings and surface parking lots is now home to a world-class arena and lively entertainment district.

Convention Center renovation and new Grand Ballroom $ 2 4 M I L L I O N [2007]

College Basketball Experience $ 2 0 0 M I L L I O N [2007]

Sprint Center is an 18,500-seat, all-glass arena that hosts major concerts and sporting events. Next door, the new Kansas City Power & Light District offers eight blocks of restaurants and nightlife.

Downtown Skyline - Bill Cobb

Best of all, it’s located just two blocks from the convention center, creating a vibrant new walkable convention district.

Bloch Building at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art $ 2 6 M I L L I O N [2006]

National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial $ 4 1 4 M I L L I O N [2011]

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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“A new downtown entertainment district, new convention ballroom, new arena and renovated hotels are creating a new convention experience in Kansas City.” – Convene

K C ’ S N E W AT T R A C T I O N S HOTELS

National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

1  Marriott Downtown

Completion: 2006 ~ $26 million The only museum in the country dedicated to the Great War.

2  Hotel Phillips 3  Aladdin Holiday Inn

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4  Crowne Plaza

Bloch Building Completion: 2007 ~ $200 million Time Magazine ranked the new Bloch Building as the number one “best new and upcoming architectural marvel in the world.”

5  Hilton President CONVENTION COMPLEX

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Sprint Center Completion: 2007 ~ $276 million

Municipal Auditorium

State-of-the-art, all-glass arena hosts major sporting events and concerts.

7  Conference Center 8  Bartle Hall

College Basketball Experience

9  Grand Ballroom

Completion: 2007 ~ $24 million High-energy exhibits recreate the intensity of a college basketball game.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Kansas City Power & Light District

10  Kansas City Power & Light District

Completion: 2008 ~ $850 million Eight-block district in downtown Kansas City will house more than 40 restaurants and entertainment venues.

11  Sprint Center 12  College Basketball Experience

National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial - Mark Cox

13  Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (opens fall 2011)

14  CROWN CENTER Just 10 blocks south of the Convention District is the Hyatt Regency and Westin Crown Center. Both hotels are connected to Union Station, Crown Center shops and the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.

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KANSAS CITY POWER & LIGHT DISTRICT Schlitterbahn

KC is all new. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a city with more new development in its convention district. In fact, 12 of the 14 items listed above are new or renovated. That includes nearly every downtown hotel room (new or renovated within the last three years), new convention facilities and a new entertainment district. That adds up to a brand new convention experience.

K C L OV E S TO H AV E F U N A N D H A S N O S H O R TA G E O F W AY S T O D O I T.

Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Waterpark First phase completion: July 2009 ~ $750 million

In fact, you’ll find a multitude of places to spend your free time. Check out amazing museums. Browse unique shopping districts. Visit an art gallery. Explore American history. KC offers leisure activities to suit any taste.

Poised to become the world’s largest tubing park.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Completion: fall 2011 ~ $414 million Iconic structure will be home to Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera and Kansas City Ballet.

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“Friendly people, well-appointed venues, a variety of activity options, and world-class cultural draws are all hallmarks of the Kansas City metropolitan area.” – Meetings MidAmerica

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KC has nearly 2,000 hotel rooms within three blocks of the convention center.

K C ’ S FAVO R I T E P L A C E S C O U N T RY C L U B P L A Z A

14 blocks of shops amid Spanish architecture, fountains and statues. Aladdin Holiday Inn

H A L L M A R K V I S I TO R S C E N T E R

Watch artists create real cards at the world’s largest greeting card company. H A R RY S . T R U M A N L I B R A RY A N D M U S E U M

The buck stops here if you want to learn about America’s 33rd President, Harry S. Truman. M U S E U M S AT 1 8 T H & V I N E

Historic African-American neighborhood is home to the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Union Station - Eric Bowers

C R O S S R OA D S A RT S D I S T R I C T

Grand Ballroom

More than 60 art galleries and shops stay open late the first Friday of each month for one of the nation’s largest art walks. A R A B I A S T E A M B O AT M U S E U M

Discover the treasures of a sunken 1850s steamboat. CASINOS

Four casinos offer gaming tables, slots and poker as well as restaurants and live entertainment.

KC IS ALL ABOUT CONVENIENCE.

That’s why everything in KC’s new downtown convention district is connected. Convention Center, hotels, dining and entertainment are all within steps of each other.

U N I O N S TAT I O N

Beautifully restored 1914 train station is now a cultural institution with museums, traveling exhibits, theater and dining.

The Kansas City Convention Center offers an exhibit hall, meeting rooms, ballroom and arena all in the same complex, so all your convention space is under one roof.

W E S T P O RT

Former Western trading post is now a popular nightlife district with shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

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The new Kansas City Power & Light District houses eight blocks of restaurants and entertainment located just two blocks from the convention center.

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“There’s no place like Kansas City. This Midwestern town is sizzling.” – Cooking Light

K C K N OW S H OW TO S H OW YO U A GOOD TIME. AMC Mainstreet Theater six-screen all-digital theater

Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant hand-crafted beer and made-from-scratch food

Howl at the Moon dueling piano bar

Bristol Seafood Grill 2nd location for local seafood legend

The Jones rooftop pool, swim-up bar and private cabanas

In fact, you’ll find eight brand new blocks of dining and nightlife just steps from the Convention Center. That’s more than 50 restaurants and entertainment venues, offering everything from fine dining to line dancing. One block features a ring of restaurants and nightlife surrounding a covered outdoor courtyard. The KC Live! stage offers live entertainment more than 150 days per year. Sip wine around an outdoor fire pit. Listen to a free concert. Entertainment options abound in the Kansas City Power & Light District.

Tengo Sed Cantina high-energy hangout with South-of-the-border flavor

Angels Rock Bar Lucky Strike Lanes

Shark Bar nightlife with a Caribbean flair

McFadden’s Sports Saloon Irish-themed sports bar

Raglan Road Irish pub made in Ireland, literally

Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge premium Kentucky bourbon in sophisticated setting

Slow smoked for up to 18 hours. Beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb… you name it. Burnt ends are a local favorite. Milano at Crown Center

STEAKS

Kansas City Stockyards are gone, but the tradition of great beef remains. Try the Kansas City Strip—some might mistakenly call it a New York Strip, until you’ve had the KC version. FINE DINING

You will find innovative cuisine and award-winning chefs at The American Restaurant, Bluestem and Michael Smith.

the coolest bowling alley you’ve ever seen

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

BARBECUE

S O M E O F W H AT Y O U W I L L F I N D I N T H E P O W E R & L I G H T D I S T R I C T

rock bar with live and recorded music

more than 225 beers from around the world

K C ’ S FAVO R I T E F O O D S

KC Live! stage

SOUL FOOD

Try the fried chicken, sweet potato cornbread or peach cobbler at restaurants like the Peachtree, Papa Lews or Grace’s Soul Food. MEXICAN

With a growing Latino community, you’ll find a number of Mexican restaurants along Southwest Boulevard. Choose from Tex-Mex, Mexican, Spanish or tapas.

Peachtree Restaurant delicious soul food served on white tablecloths

The Midland by AMC 3,000 capacity live music venue

Mosaic Lounge DJs in a sexy South Beach-style lounge

Famous Dave’s Barbecue legendary pit barbecue

Chefburger local build-your-own joint

801 Chophouse upscale dining featuring beef and fresh seafood

I TA L I A N

KC has you covered from upscale to family style, pasta to Northern Italian. Garrozo’s serves up a KC favorite, chicken spedini, while Lidia’s offers dishes inspired by renowned chef Lidia Bastianich. AND MORE

Find casual diners, burger joints, kid-friendly cafes or great world flavors from French, Middle Eastern or Ethiopian to Chinese, Indian or other Asian fare.

Café Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

PBR Big Sky Cowboy bar complete with live country music and mechanical bull

Kobe Japanese Steak & Sushi Japanese cuisine, including famed Kobe beef

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“With downtown’s multi-billion-dollar face-lift, pedestrian-friendly boulevards, and claim to having the most fountains of any city outside of Rome, Kansas City is definitely deserving of buzz.” – MSNBC

K C K N O W S H O W T O E AT.

And with dining options of nearly every origin, KC can cook up whatever you have a taste for. The specialty is always barbecue, which is served up at more than 80 restaurants. You’ll also find innovative culinary creations from restaurants that have earned national reputations.

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue

A R O U N D TOW N NIGHTLIFE

Check out the Country Club Plaza with 14 blocks of restaurants and shops. Stop at one of the popular watering holes in Westport, originally a trading post on the trails west. Or head to the unique restaurants and nightlife options at the Legends Outlets. LIVE JAZZ

Bill Cobb

Enjoy jazz with dinner at Jardine’s on the Plaza or the Majestic Steakhouse downtown. Head to the Blue Room at 18th & Vine for one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world according to Downbeat Magazine. Stay up for a late night jam session at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. A RT S

American Restaurant

Bill Cobb

Explore the more than 60 art galleries and shops in the Crossroads Arts District. See what’s on stage at the Music Hall, Starlight Theatre or the Kansas City Rep. Take in a performance from the city’s symphony, ballet or opera companies. CASINOS

Try your luck at one of the four area casinos, which offer gaming tables, slots and poker as well as restaurants and live entertainment. Henry Perry is known as the “Father of Kansas City Barbecue.” In the 1920s, black and white, rich and poor, lined up to pay 25 cents for the hot meats smoked over oak and hickory wood and wrapped in newspaper. Perry taught his technique to a new generation who went on to found legendary KC barbecue

S P O RT S

Watch professional action at Kansas City Chiefs football, Royals baseball or Wizards soccer games. Professional auto racing takes the track at Kansas Speedway. Or, take in a round of golf at one of the area’s 72 courses.

restaurants like Arthur Bryant’s and Gates.

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K C K N OW S H OW TO G E T A G O O D N I G H T ’ S S L E E P.

EXHIBIT HALL - LEVEL 3 (BARTLE HALL)

You’ll find nearly 3,500 hotel rooms to rest your head downtown including major names like Marriott, Hyatt, Westin and Crowne Plaza. If you want something more intimate, you’ll also find hip and historic boutique hotels. Best of all, nearly all of KC’s downtown hotels have started or completed major renovations in the last two years. K A N S A S C I T Y M A R R I OT T D OW N TOW N

The city’s largest hotel is adjacent to the convention center. A renovation of its 983 guestrooms was completed in late 2009. New restaurants and a renovated lobby will debut in 2011. H YAT T R E G E N C Y C R O W N C E N T E R

Located at Crown Center, the Hyatt offers 731 rooms, 40 stories and 42 suites. The hotel unveiled its renovated guestrooms in fall 2009. W E S T I N C R OW N C E N T E R H OT E L

K C K N O W S H O W T O P U T O N A N E V E N T. Kansas City’s downtown convention center can accommodate conventions and special events all in one place. Attendees are right in the heart of the city’s convention district and just steps from hotels, restaurants and entertainment.

EXHIBIT HALL - LEVEL 2 (BARTLE HALL)

This AAA Four Diamond Level of Excellence Hotel offers 729 rooms—all appointed with Heavenly Beds and Baths. In summer 2009, the hotel completed extensive guestroom renovations. C R OW N E P L A Z A K A N S A S C I T Y – D OW N TOW N

Located next to the convention center, the 388-room hotel focuses on upscale business and group markets. A $12 million renovation was completed in fall 2009. H OT E L P H I L L I P S

The 217-room boutique hotel is an Art Deco landmark styled with a hip atmosphere. It is located two blocks from the convention center. H I LT O N P R E S I D E N T K A N S A S C I T Y

This historic hotel reopened in 2006 after being closed for 25 years. It offers 213 boutique guestrooms just two blocks from the convention center. A L A D D I N H O L I D AY I N N

Reopened in 2007 as a boutique hotel by Holiday Inn, this historic 193-room hotel is described as “vintage hip.”

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“Upscale, downtown and affordable? You’re not dreaming. You’re in Kansas City, the heart of the heartland, where you can stay in the lap of luxury without paying through the nose.” – Southern Living

E X H I B I T H A L L - L E V E L 3 (BARTLE HALL) Hall Name

Hall A Hall B* Hall C* Halls A & B Halls A, B & C Hall D Hall E Halls D & E Halls A, B, C & D Halls A, B, C, D & E Lobby 2400 (not shown) Loading Docks North - 7 bays South - 15 bays West - 7 bays

Hall Dimensions SQUARE FEET

WIDTH

LENGTH

68,850 48,600 76,950 117,450 194,400 93,420 100,980 194,400 287,820 388,800 14,500

270' 270' 270' 270' 270' 270' 270' 270' 270' 270'

255' 180' 285' 435' 720' 346' 374' 720' 1,066' 1,440'

Drive Through Doors North - 3-29' wide, 17'8" high South - 2-26' wide, 17'8" high West - 1-15'6" wide, 17'8" high

Hall Capacities CEILING HEIGHT

33' 33' 33' 33' 33' 42' 42' 42' 33'/42' 33'/42'

THEATRE

BANQUET

6,000 4,000 7,300 12,000 19,300 9,600 10,000 19,620 28,000 38,000

4,000 3,000 4,200 8,150 12,350 5,400 5,700 11,100 16,250 22,000

10X10 BOOTHS

329 265 366 594 960 448 483 931 1,520 2,066

*Halls B & C must be used with Hall A or D for access. Measurements are to the nearest foot.

M E E T I N G R O O M S - L E V E L 2 (BARTLE HALL) Room Name

2101 2102 A,B 2102 A 2102 B Ballroom 2103 A,B,C 2103 A,B 2103 A 2103 B 2103 C 2104 A,B 2104 A 2104 B 2105 Lobby 2100 SERVICES HALL A 2201 2202 2203 2204 2205 2206 2207 2208 2209 2210 2211 2212 BOARDROOM 2213 BOARDROOM 2214 2215 A,B,C 2215 A 2215 B 2215 C Lobby 2200 SERVICES HALL B SERVICES Lobby 2300 HALLS D &E

Room Dimensions

Downtown - Kevin Sink

Room Capacities

SQUARE FEET

WIDTH

LENGTH

CEILING HEIGHT

4,104 5,016 2,508 2,508 18,096 10,266 5,133 5,133 5,133 5,016 2,508 2,508 4,104 8,340 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 588 588 1,344 8,176 3,248 1,624 3,248 22,500 23,000

57' 88' 44' 44' 87' 87' 87' 87' 87' 88' 44' 44' 57'

72' 57' 57' 57' 208' 118' 59' 59' 59' 57' 57' 57' 72'

15'5" 15'5" 15'5" 15'5" 17'10" 17'10" 17'10" 17'10" 17'10" 15'5" 15'5" 15'5" 15'5"

420 500 250 250 1,800 1,040 520 520 520 500 250 250 420

220 270 135 135 1,030 554 276 278 276 270 135 135 220

300 360 180 180 1,250 750 375 375 375 360 180 180 300

28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 21' 21' 28' 56' 56' 56' 56'

48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 28' 28' 49' 146' 58' 29' 58'

10' 15'7" 15'7" 15'7" 15'7" 15'7" 10' 15'7" 15'7" 15'7" 15'7" 9'10" 9'10" 15'7" 16'5" 16'5" 16'5" 16'5"

132 132 132 132 132 132 132 132 132 132 132 NA NA 132 820 320 160 320

96 96 96 96 96 96 96 96 96 96 96 NA NA 96 430 170 85 170

80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 14 14 80 580 230 116 230

THEATRE CLASSROOM BANQUET

THE KANSAS CITY CONVENTION AND E N T E R TA I N M E N T FAC I L I T I E S 388,800 square feet of columnfree exhibit space on one floor Brand new 46,484-squarefoot Grand Ballroom 45 state-of-the-art meeting rooms Three-level Conference Center 2,400-seat fine arts theater Renovated arena that seats 10,700 people Outdoor plaza and sculpture garden for events up to 2,000 people On-site parking for up to 1,000

Measurements are to the nearest foot.

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“It’s official. After visiting Kansas City, Mo., we’re convinced this pretty, sophisticated city is one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets.” – Country Living

GRAND BALLROOM

Opened in 2007 One of the largest green ballrooms in the country

2502 B

2503 A

2502 A

3501 G

3501 E

3501 H

3501 F

2501 C

2501 B

2501 A

2505 A 2505 B

1501 B

LOBBY 1500

LOBBY 2501 D

3501 GREAT HALL

LOBBY 3500

Grand Ballroom

3501 A

LOBBY 2500 A

1501 A 3501 C

Certified LEED Silver rating

2504 A 2504 B

1501 C

LOBBY 2500 B

First ballroom in the country to use a controllable, digital day-lighting system that allows natural light into the space Features one of the most sophisticated lighting systems in the world. The upper walls of the ballroom can be programmed to display any color, offering planners more than 350 trillion color combinations

2503 B

Room Name Level 1 1501 A,B,C COLUMNS 1501 A 1501 B 1501 C Lobby 1500 Level 2 Grand Ballroom

Room Capacities

Room Dimensions CEILING HEIGHT

SQUARE FEET

WIDTH

LENGTH

14,904 3,752 7,238 3,192 13,083

72' 67' 77' 57' 49'

207' 56' 94' 56' 267'

18' 18' 18' 18' 18'

1,708 416 980 312

1,049 269 580 200

1,140 280 520 230

40,595 13,600 13,565 13,430 5,889 9,917 17,043 5,063 2,562 2,562 3,320 1,932 1,640 3,843 2,562 1,281 4,814 2,436 2,665

270' 90' 90' 90' 49' 29' 45' 61' 61' 61' 40' 46' 40' 61' 61' 61' 58' 58' 65'

150' 150' 150' 150' 119' 291' 320' 83' 42' 42' 83' 42' 41' 63' 42' 21' 83' 42' 41'

36' 36' 36' 36' 36' 18' 19' 11” 18' 18' 18' 18' 18' 18' 18' 18' 18' 18' 18' 18'

3,900 1,300 1,300 1,300

2,000 700 700 700

3,000 900 900 900

588 270 270 400 180 144 405 270 135 615 252 288

352 154 154 226 98 84 231 154 77 373 140 168

320 140 140 230 90 110 210 140 70 370 140 160

23,910 8,513 10,042 1,804 1,848 2,419 2,184 1,804 1,848 2,911 3,234 11,760

96' 96' 116' 44' 44' 59' 52' 44' 44' 71' 77' 42'

206' 83' 83' 41' 42' 41' 42' 41' 42' 41' 42' 280'

28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28'

2,250 950 1,178 162 162 252 216 162 162 324 360

1,545 510 630 98 98 154 140 98 98 196 224

1,650 580 700 80 80 140 110 80 80 140 190

THEATRE CLASSROOM BANQUET

46,484

2501 A, B, C & D

Floor-to-ceiling glass covers the entire south and east walls, offering dramatic views of the city

Conference Center

2501 A,B,C 2501 A 2501 B 2501 C Lobby 2501 D Lobby 2500 A Lobby 2500 B 2502 A,B 2502 A 2502 B 2503 A,B 2503 A 2503 B 2504 A,B 2504 A 2504 B 2505 A,B 2505 A 2505 B Level 3 GREAT HALL 3501 A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H 3501 A,B,C,D 3501 E,F,G,H 3501 A 3501 B 3501 C 3501 D 3501 E 3501 F 3501 G 3501 H Lobby 3500

Dock/Ramp - 14'6" Width x 12' Length

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Freight Elevator Interior - 8'2" W x 12'9" L x 10' H) - Freight Elevator Door - 5'5" wide x 8' high)

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“It’s official. After visiting Kansas City, Mo., we’re convinced this pretty, sophisticated city is one of the Midwest’s best-kept secrets.” – Country Living

GRAND BALLROOM

Opened in 2007 One of the largest green ballrooms in the country

2502 B

2503 A

2502 A

3501 G

3501 E

3501 H

3501 F

2501 C

2501 B

2501 A

2505 A 2505 B

1501 B

LOBBY 1500

LOBBY 2501 D

3501 GREAT HALL

LOBBY 3500

Grand Ballroom

3501 A

LOBBY 2500 A

1501 A 3501 C

Certified LEED Silver rating

2504 A 2504 B

1501 C

LOBBY 2500 B

First ballroom in the country to use a controllable, digital day-lighting system that allows natural light into the space Features one of the most sophisticated lighting systems in the world. The upper walls of the ballroom can be programmed to display any color, offering planners more than 350 trillion color combinations

2503 B

Room Name Level 1 1501 A,B,C COLUMNS 1501 A 1501 B 1501 C Lobby 1500 Level 2 Grand Ballroom

Room Capacities

Room Dimensions CEILING HEIGHT

SQUARE FEET

WIDTH

LENGTH

14,904 3,752 7,238 3,192 13,083

72' 67' 77' 57' 49'

207' 56' 94' 56' 267'

18' 18' 18' 18' 18'

1,708 416 980 312

1,049 269 580 200

1,140 280 520 230

40,595 13,600 13,565 13,430 5,889 9,917 17,043 5,063 2,562 2,562 3,320 1,932 1,640 3,843 2,562 1,281 4,814 2,436 2,665

270' 90' 90' 90' 49' 29' 45' 61' 61' 61' 40' 46' 40' 61' 61' 61' 58' 58' 65'

150' 150' 150' 150' 119' 291' 320' 83' 42' 42' 83' 42' 41' 63' 42' 21' 83' 42' 41'

36' 36' 36' 36' 36' 18' 19' 11” 18' 18' 18' 18' 18' 18' 18' 18' 18' 18' 18' 18'

3,900 1,300 1,300 1,300

2,000 700 700 700

3,000 900 900 900

588 270 270 400 180 144 405 270 135 615 252 288

352 154 154 226 98 84 231 154 77 373 140 168

320 140 140 230 90 110 210 140 70 370 140 160

23,910 8,513 10,042 1,804 1,848 2,419 2,184 1,804 1,848 2,911 3,234 11,760

96' 96' 116' 44' 44' 59' 52' 44' 44' 71' 77' 42'

206' 83' 83' 41' 42' 41' 42' 41' 42' 41' 42' 280'

28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28'

2,250 950 1,178 162 162 252 216 162 162 324 360

1,545 510 630 98 98 154 140 98 98 196 224

1,650 580 700 80 80 140 110 80 80 140 190

THEATRE CLASSROOM BANQUET

46,484

2501 A, B, C & D

Floor-to-ceiling glass covers the entire south and east walls, offering dramatic views of the city

Conference Center

2501 A,B,C 2501 A 2501 B 2501 C Lobby 2501 D Lobby 2500 A Lobby 2500 B 2502 A,B 2502 A 2502 B 2503 A,B 2503 A 2503 B 2504 A,B 2504 A 2504 B 2505 A,B 2505 A 2505 B Level 3 GREAT HALL 3501 A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H 3501 A,B,C,D 3501 E,F,G,H 3501 A 3501 B 3501 C 3501 D 3501 E 3501 F 3501 G 3501 H Lobby 3500

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“Upscale, downtown and affordable? You’re not dreaming. You’re in Kansas City, the heart of the heartland, where you can stay in the lap of luxury without paying through the nose.” – Southern Living

E X H I B I T H A L L - L E V E L 3 (BARTLE HALL) Hall Name

Hall A Hall B* Hall C* Halls A & B Halls A, B & C Hall D Hall E Halls D & E Halls A, B, C & D Halls A, B, C, D & E Lobby 2400 (not shown) Loading Docks North - 7 bays South - 15 bays West - 7 bays

Hall Dimensions SQUARE FEET

WIDTH

LENGTH

68,850 48,600 76,950 117,450 194,400 93,420 100,980 194,400 287,820 388,800 14,500

270' 270' 270' 270' 270' 270' 270' 270' 270' 270'

255' 180' 285' 435' 720' 346' 374' 720' 1,066' 1,440'

Drive Through Doors North - 3-29' wide, 17'8" high South - 2-26' wide, 17'8" high West - 1-15'6" wide, 17'8" high

Hall Capacities CEILING HEIGHT

33' 33' 33' 33' 33' 42' 42' 42' 33'/42' 33'/42'

THEATRE

BANQUET

6,000 4,000 7,300 12,000 19,300 9,600 10,000 19,620 28,000 38,000

4,000 3,000 4,200 8,150 12,350 5,400 5,700 11,100 16,250 22,000

10X10 BOOTHS

329 265 366 594 960 448 483 931 1,520 2,066

*Halls B & C must be used with Hall A or D for access. Measurements are to the nearest foot.

M E E T I N G R O O M S - L E V E L 2 (BARTLE HALL) Room Name

2101 2102 A,B 2102 A 2102 B Ballroom 2103 A,B,C 2103 A,B 2103 A 2103 B 2103 C 2104 A,B 2104 A 2104 B 2105 Lobby 2100 SERVICES HALL A 2201 2202 2203 2204 2205 2206 2207 2208 2209 2210 2211 2212 BOARDROOM 2213 BOARDROOM 2214 2215 A,B,C 2215 A 2215 B 2215 C Lobby 2200 SERVICES HALL B SERVICES Lobby 2300 HALLS D &E

Room Dimensions

Downtown - Kevin Sink

Room Capacities

SQUARE FEET

WIDTH

LENGTH

CEILING HEIGHT

4,104 5,016 2,508 2,508 18,096 10,266 5,133 5,133 5,133 5,016 2,508 2,508 4,104 8,340 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 1,344 588 588 1,344 8,176 3,248 1,624 3,248 22,500 23,000

57' 88' 44' 44' 87' 87' 87' 87' 87' 88' 44' 44' 57'

72' 57' 57' 57' 208' 118' 59' 59' 59' 57' 57' 57' 72'

15'5" 15'5" 15'5" 15'5" 17'10" 17'10" 17'10" 17'10" 17'10" 15'5" 15'5" 15'5" 15'5"

420 500 250 250 1,800 1,040 520 520 520 500 250 250 420

220 270 135 135 1,030 554 276 278 276 270 135 135 220

300 360 180 180 1,250 750 375 375 375 360 180 180 300

28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 28' 21' 21' 28' 56' 56' 56' 56'

48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 48' 28' 28' 49' 146' 58' 29' 58'

10' 15'7" 15'7" 15'7" 15'7" 15'7" 10' 15'7" 15'7" 15'7" 15'7" 9'10" 9'10" 15'7" 16'5" 16'5" 16'5" 16'5"

132 132 132 132 132 132 132 132 132 132 132 NA NA 132 820 320 160 320

96 96 96 96 96 96 96 96 96 96 96 NA NA 96 430 170 85 170

80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 80 14 14 80 580 230 116 230

THEATRE CLASSROOM BANQUET

THE KANSAS CITY CONVENTION AND E N T E R TA I N M E N T FAC I L I T I E S 388,800 square feet of columnfree exhibit space on one floor Brand new 46,484-squarefoot Grand Ballroom 45 state-of-the-art meeting rooms Three-level Conference Center 2,400-seat fine arts theater Renovated arena that seats 10,700 people Outdoor plaza and sculpture garden for events up to 2,000 people On-site parking for up to 1,000

Measurements are to the nearest foot.

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K C K N OW S H OW TO G E T A G O O D N I G H T ’ S S L E E P.

EXHIBIT HALL - LEVEL 3 (BARTLE HALL)

You’ll find nearly 3,500 hotel rooms to rest your head downtown including major names like Marriott, Hyatt, Westin and Crowne Plaza. If you want something more intimate, you’ll also find hip and historic boutique hotels. Best of all, nearly all of KC’s downtown hotels have started or completed major renovations in the last two years. K A N S A S C I T Y M A R R I OT T D OW N TOW N

The city’s largest hotel is adjacent to the convention center. A renovation of its 983 guestrooms was completed in late 2009. New restaurants and a renovated lobby will debut in 2011. H YAT T R E G E N C Y C R O W N C E N T E R

Located at Crown Center, the Hyatt offers 731 rooms, 40 stories and 42 suites. The hotel unveiled its renovated guestrooms in fall 2009. W E S T I N C R OW N C E N T E R H OT E L

K C K N O W S H O W T O P U T O N A N E V E N T. Kansas City’s downtown convention center can accommodate conventions and special events all in one place. Attendees are right in the heart of the city’s convention district and just steps from hotels, restaurants and entertainment.

EXHIBIT HALL - LEVEL 2 (BARTLE HALL)

This AAA Four Diamond Level of Excellence Hotel offers 729 rooms—all appointed with Heavenly Beds and Baths. In summer 2009, the hotel completed extensive guestroom renovations. C R OW N E P L A Z A K A N S A S C I T Y – D OW N TOW N

Located next to the convention center, the 388-room hotel focuses on upscale business and group markets. A $12 million renovation was completed in fall 2009. H OT E L P H I L L I P S

The 217-room boutique hotel is an Art Deco landmark styled with a hip atmosphere. It is located two blocks from the convention center. H I LT O N P R E S I D E N T K A N S A S C I T Y

This historic hotel reopened in 2006 after being closed for 25 years. It offers 213 boutique guestrooms just two blocks from the convention center. A L A D D I N H O L I D AY I N N

Reopened in 2007 as a boutique hotel by Holiday Inn, this historic 193-room hotel is described as “vintage hip.”

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“With downtown’s multi-billion-dollar face-lift, pedestrian-friendly boulevards, and claim to having the most fountains of any city outside of Rome, Kansas City is definitely deserving of buzz.” – MSNBC

K C K N O W S H O W T O E AT.

And with dining options of nearly every origin, KC can cook up whatever you have a taste for. The specialty is always barbecue, which is served up at more than 80 restaurants. You’ll also find innovative culinary creations from restaurants that have earned national reputations.

Fiorella’s Jack Stack Barbecue

A R O U N D TOW N NIGHTLIFE

Check out the Country Club Plaza with 14 blocks of restaurants and shops. Stop at one of the popular watering holes in Westport, originally a trading post on the trails west. Or head to the unique restaurants and nightlife options at the Legends Outlets. LIVE JAZZ

Bill Cobb

Enjoy jazz with dinner at Jardine’s on the Plaza or the Majestic Steakhouse downtown. Head to the Blue Room at 18th & Vine for one of the top 100 jazz clubs in the world according to Downbeat Magazine. Stay up for a late night jam session at the Mutual Musicians Foundation. A RT S

American Restaurant

Bill Cobb

Explore the more than 60 art galleries and shops in the Crossroads Arts District. See what’s on stage at the Music Hall, Starlight Theatre or the Kansas City Rep. Take in a performance from the city’s symphony, ballet or opera companies. CASINOS

Try your luck at one of the four area casinos, which offer gaming tables, slots and poker as well as restaurants and live entertainment. Henry Perry is known as the “Father of Kansas City Barbecue.” In the 1920s, black and white, rich and poor, lined up to pay 25 cents for the hot meats smoked over oak and hickory wood and wrapped in newspaper. Perry taught his technique to a new generation who went on to found legendary KC barbecue

S P O RT S

Watch professional action at Kansas City Chiefs football, Royals baseball or Wizards soccer games. Professional auto racing takes the track at Kansas Speedway. Or, take in a round of golf at one of the area’s 72 courses.

restaurants like Arthur Bryant’s and Gates.

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“There’s no place like Kansas City. This Midwestern town is sizzling.” – Cooking Light

K C K N OW S H OW TO S H OW YO U A GOOD TIME. AMC Mainstreet Theater six-screen all-digital theater

Gordon Biersch Brewery and Restaurant hand-crafted beer and made-from-scratch food

Howl at the Moon dueling piano bar

Bristol Seafood Grill 2nd location for local seafood legend

The Jones rooftop pool, swim-up bar and private cabanas

In fact, you’ll find eight brand new blocks of dining and nightlife just steps from the Convention Center. That’s more than 50 restaurants and entertainment venues, offering everything from fine dining to line dancing. One block features a ring of restaurants and nightlife surrounding a covered outdoor courtyard. The KC Live! stage offers live entertainment more than 150 days per year. Sip wine around an outdoor fire pit. Listen to a free concert. Entertainment options abound in the Kansas City Power & Light District.

Tengo Sed Cantina high-energy hangout with South-of-the-border flavor

Angels Rock Bar Lucky Strike Lanes

Shark Bar nightlife with a Caribbean flair

McFadden’s Sports Saloon Irish-themed sports bar

Raglan Road Irish pub made in Ireland, literally

Maker’s Mark Bourbon House & Lounge premium Kentucky bourbon in sophisticated setting

Slow smoked for up to 18 hours. Beef, pork, chicken, turkey, lamb… you name it. Burnt ends are a local favorite. Milano at Crown Center

STEAKS

Kansas City Stockyards are gone, but the tradition of great beef remains. Try the Kansas City Strip—some might mistakenly call it a New York Strip, until you’ve had the KC version. FINE DINING

You will find innovative cuisine and award-winning chefs at The American Restaurant, Bluestem and Michael Smith.

the coolest bowling alley you’ve ever seen

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium

BARBECUE

S O M E O F W H AT Y O U W I L L F I N D I N T H E P O W E R & L I G H T D I S T R I C T

rock bar with live and recorded music

more than 225 beers from around the world

K C ’ S FAVO R I T E F O O D S

KC Live! stage

SOUL FOOD

Try the fried chicken, sweet potato cornbread or peach cobbler at restaurants like the Peachtree, Papa Lews or Grace’s Soul Food. MEXICAN

With a growing Latino community, you’ll find a number of Mexican restaurants along Southwest Boulevard. Choose from Tex-Mex, Mexican, Spanish or tapas.

Peachtree Restaurant delicious soul food served on white tablecloths

The Midland by AMC 3,000 capacity live music venue

Mosaic Lounge DJs in a sexy South Beach-style lounge

Famous Dave’s Barbecue legendary pit barbecue

Chefburger local build-your-own joint

801 Chophouse upscale dining featuring beef and fresh seafood

I TA L I A N

KC has you covered from upscale to family style, pasta to Northern Italian. Garrozo’s serves up a KC favorite, chicken spedini, while Lidia’s offers dishes inspired by renowned chef Lidia Bastianich. AND MORE

Find casual diners, burger joints, kid-friendly cafes or great world flavors from French, Middle Eastern or Ethiopian to Chinese, Indian or other Asian fare.

Café Sebastienne at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

PBR Big Sky Cowboy bar complete with live country music and mechanical bull

Kobe Japanese Steak & Sushi Japanese cuisine, including famed Kobe beef

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“Friendly people, well-appointed venues, a variety of activity options, and world-class cultural draws are all hallmarks of the Kansas City metropolitan area.” – Meetings MidAmerica

Kevin Sink

KC has nearly 2,000 hotel rooms within three blocks of the convention center.

K C ’ S FAVO R I T E P L A C E S C O U N T RY C L U B P L A Z A

14 blocks of shops amid Spanish architecture, fountains and statues. Aladdin Holiday Inn

H A L L M A R K V I S I TO R S C E N T E R

Watch artists create real cards at the world’s largest greeting card company. H A R RY S . T R U M A N L I B R A RY A N D M U S E U M

The buck stops here if you want to learn about America’s 33rd President, Harry S. Truman. M U S E U M S AT 1 8 T H & V I N E

Historic African-American neighborhood is home to the American Jazz Museum and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Union Station - Eric Bowers

C R O S S R OA D S A RT S D I S T R I C T

Grand Ballroom

More than 60 art galleries and shops stay open late the first Friday of each month for one of the nation’s largest art walks. A R A B I A S T E A M B O AT M U S E U M

Discover the treasures of a sunken 1850s steamboat. CASINOS

Four casinos offer gaming tables, slots and poker as well as restaurants and live entertainment.

KC IS ALL ABOUT CONVENIENCE.

That’s why everything in KC’s new downtown convention district is connected. Convention Center, hotels, dining and entertainment are all within steps of each other.

U N I O N S TAT I O N

Beautifully restored 1914 train station is now a cultural institution with museums, traveling exhibits, theater and dining.

The Kansas City Convention Center offers an exhibit hall, meeting rooms, ballroom and arena all in the same complex, so all your convention space is under one roof.

W E S T P O RT

Former Western trading post is now a popular nightlife district with shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

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The new Kansas City Power & Light District houses eight blocks of restaurants and entertainment located just two blocks from the convention center.

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“A new downtown entertainment district, new convention ballroom, new arena and renovated hotels are creating a new convention experience in Kansas City.” – Convene

K C ’ S N E W AT T R A C T I O N S HOTELS

National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial

1  Marriott Downtown

Completion: 2006 ~ $26 million The only museum in the country dedicated to the Great War.

2  Hotel Phillips 3  Aladdin Holiday Inn

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

4  Crowne Plaza

Bloch Building Completion: 2007 ~ $200 million Time Magazine ranked the new Bloch Building as the number one “best new and upcoming architectural marvel in the world.”

5  Hilton President CONVENTION COMPLEX

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Sprint Center Completion: 2007 ~ $276 million

Municipal Auditorium

State-of-the-art, all-glass arena hosts major sporting events and concerts.

7  Conference Center 8  Bartle Hall

College Basketball Experience

9  Grand Ballroom

Completion: 2007 ~ $24 million High-energy exhibits recreate the intensity of a college basketball game.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

Kansas City Power & Light District

10  Kansas City Power & Light District

Completion: 2008 ~ $850 million Eight-block district in downtown Kansas City will house more than 40 restaurants and entertainment venues.

11  Sprint Center 12  College Basketball Experience

National WWI Museum at Liberty Memorial - Mark Cox

13  Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (opens fall 2011)

14  CROWN CENTER Just 10 blocks south of the Convention District is the Hyatt Regency and Westin Crown Center. Both hotels are connected to Union Station, Crown Center shops and the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial.

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KANSAS CITY POWER & LIGHT DISTRICT Schlitterbahn

KC is all new. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a city with more new development in its convention district. In fact, 12 of the 14 items listed above are new or renovated. That includes nearly every downtown hotel room (new or renovated within the last three years), new convention facilities and a new entertainment district. That adds up to a brand new convention experience.

K C L OV E S TO H AV E F U N A N D H A S N O S H O R TA G E O F W AY S T O D O I T.

Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Waterpark First phase completion: July 2009 ~ $750 million

In fact, you’ll find a multitude of places to spend your free time. Check out amazing museums. Browse unique shopping districts. Visit an art gallery. Explore American history. KC offers leisure activities to suit any taste.

Poised to become the world’s largest tubing park.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Completion: fall 2011 ~ $414 million Iconic structure will be home to Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera and Kansas City Ballet.

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“Long linked to the cattle and farming industries, brawny Kansas City, Missouri, has evolved way beyond meat and wheat. This vibrant Midwest metropolis has morphed into a cultural center …” – National Geographic Traveler

K C I S E A S Y TO G E T TO.

K C ’ S S TAT S

Home to 2 million people, KC is right in the center of the country. Think if it this way…if the U.S. were a person, KC would be its heart. Hence the nickname “Heart of America.”

It’s located right in the middle of the country, making it readily accessible from anywhere in the nation. In fact, it is the only major city located within 250 miles of both the geographic and population centers of the U.S. The maximum distance from anywhere in the contiguous U.S. is approximately 1,900 miles, or half the distance from coast to coast.

KCI Airport - Keith Philpott Bloch Building at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

KC is a bi-state metropolitan area that straddles the Missouri-Kansas state line. You’ll find a passionate college rivalry that dates back to the Civil War.

KC’s been on a spending spree over the last few years. What does $5 billion in downtown development buy? Among the recent openings…

(Go Missouri Tigers! Go Kansas Jayhawks!)

Downtown Skyline - Kevin Sink Photography

$ 8 5 0 M I L L I O N [2008]

Kansas City Power & Light District $ 2 7 6 M I L L I O N [2007]

D OW N TOW N R E N A I S S A N C E

Sprint Center $ 1 5 0 M I L L I O N [2007]

KC has undergone a remarkable transformation. More than 14 blocks in the heart of downtown have experienced one of the most concentrated urban redevelopment projects in the nation. An area that once housed boarded-up buildings and surface parking lots is now home to a world-class arena and lively entertainment district.

Convention Center renovation and new Grand Ballroom $ 2 4 M I L L I O N [2007]

College Basketball Experience $ 2 0 0 M I L L I O N [2007]

Sprint Center is an 18,500-seat, all-glass arena that hosts major concerts and sporting events. Next door, the new Kansas City Power & Light District offers eight blocks of restaurants and nightlife.

Downtown Skyline - Bill Cobb

Best of all, it’s located just two blocks from the convention center, creating a vibrant new walkable convention district.

Bloch Building at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art $ 2 6 M I L L I O N [2006]

National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial $ 4 1 4 M I L L I O N [2011]

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

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“With an excellent central U.S. location and good airlift, the city is booming with new convention-friendly amenities…” – Meetings MidAmerica

K C I S C R E AT I N G A B U Z Z .

That’s what happens when you spend $5 billion revitalizing your downtown. Start with a brand new convention district with more than 50 restaurants and entertainment venues outside the door of the convention center. Add an expanded and renovated convention center complex. Sprinkle in unique museums that you won’t find anywhere else, and you’ll discover that KC has something special in store for your next convention.

F LY I N G

If you’re flying…Kansas City International Airport is often distinguished as one of the most passenger-friendly airports in the world. Serviced by 12 major airlines. Nonstop service to nearly 50 destinations, ranking ahead of Chicago-Midway and Pittsburgh.

Kansas City Power & Light District

Location in the middle of the country means you can fly to either coast in less than three hours. Not a hub for any one airline making airfares among the lowest in the nation. KCI Airport - Keith Philpott

FLIGHT TIMES FROM MAJOR U.S. CITIES A I R P O RT C O D E : M C I

Drive-to-your-gate design of terminals means the distance from passenger drop-off to your airplane is less than 75 feet. DRIVING

Sprint Center

500 m. 300 m.

Less than three years after its opening, Pollstar magazine identified Sprint Center as America’s third busiest arena (and #6 among worldwide venues).

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If you’re driving…KC is reachable by more than 55 million people in less than one day’s driving time. Three major interstate highways intersect in downtown KC (I-29, I-35 and I-70).

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“Kansas City, Mo., is a lively up-and-coming urban center with a small-town feel—there are few places in America where the people are friendlier.” – Boston Herald

Downtown Kansas City - Kevin Sink Photography

K C F U N FAC T S Eric Bowers Sprint Center -Downtown Kevin Sink -Photography

The Kansas City Barbecue Society reports that KC has more barbecue restaurants per capita than any other city in the world. Jazz has been a staple of the KC music scene since the 1920s with artists like Count Basie, Bennie Moton and Jay McShann. Charlie “Bird” Parker, who was born in Kansas City, Kan., grew up during this era. The jam session originated in Kansas City. Jazz musicians would gather after their gigs and play together into the wee hours of the morning. In 1910, Joyce Hall began selling postcards out of a shoebox in KC. Today, his company has grown to the world’s largest greeting-cards maker, Hallmark Cards.

Crown Center Square

Among the companies based in Kansas City: AMC Entertainment American Century Investments

KC is home to the largest maker of boxed chocolates in the world. Based here since 1932, Russell Stover Candies still hand dips more than 25 million pieces of chocolate each year. Walt Disney opened his first animation studio in Kansas City, LaughO-Gram Studios. He fed a small mouse in the building, which he later said was his inspiration for Mickey Mouse. The Country Club Plaza opened in 1922 as the nation’s first shopping district designed for the automobile.

Applebee’s Boulevard Brewing Co. Cerner Garmin International H&R Block Hallmark Cards Russell Stover Candies Sprint Nextel Yellow Roadway Corporation

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Local advertising agency Bernstein-Rein invented the Happy Meal for McDonald’s after the owner noticed his son staring at the cereal box during breakfast. A young Ernest Hemingway worked as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star from 1917 to 1918. He returned to the city for the birth of his second son and wrote the tragic ending to his World War I epic A Farewell to Arms while here.

Revitalized Downtown

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Walkable Convention District Entertainment

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Convention Center

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Downtown Hotels

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Dining

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Attractions

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Transportation About KC

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Cover : J.C. Nichols Fountain at the Country Club Plaza - Kevin Sink Photography

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K C ’ S FAVO R I T E T H I N G S JAZZ

Let us introduce you to a convention destination where friendly people, affordable prices and a central location are a given. Where unexpected discoveries can be found around every corner. A place with a spirited personality and a genuine heart that’s a breath of fresh air. W E ’ D L I K E Y O U T O M E E T K A N S A S C I T Y. TO F R I E N D S , I T ’ S J U S T K C .

From the roaring ’20s to the early ’40s, jazz reigned in KC, producing the swinging signature sound that became known as Kansas City-style Jazz. Today live jazz can be heard regularly at more than 25 area nightclubs. X

BARBECUE

KC’s signature food is served up at more than 80 barbecue establishments, each boasting its personal house specialty. The secret to KC-style barbecue is that it’s slow smoked for up to 18 hours, usually over hickory. Be sure to try the burnt ends. X

F O U N TA I N S X Part of KC’s charm comes from impressive boulevards, spacious parks and dazzling fountains. KC boasts a collection of more than 200 fountains—more than anywhere else in the world except Rome, Italy. Hence the nickname “City of Fountains.”

Image courtesy of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

K C ’ S F A M I LY T R E E J E S S E J A M E S [ 1847-1865 ]

Famous outlaw was born and met his end here H A R RY S . T R U M A N [ 1884-1972 ]

The Blue Room - Kevin Sink Photography

The Buck Stops at his presidential library in nearby Independence T H O M A S H A RT B E N TO N [ 1889-1975]

Distinctive artist’s home and studio is just like he left it WA LT D I S N E Y [ 1901-1966 ]

Opened first animation studio here, Laugh-O-Gram Studios C O U N T B A S I E [ 1904-1984 ]

Jazz great influenced big band sound from KC S AT C H E L PA I G E [ 1906-1982 ]

Legendary pitcher played for KC Monarchs B U C K O ’ N E I L [ 1911-2006 ]

Local baseball great became face of Negro Leagues C H A R L I E PA R K E R [ 1920-1955 ]

Local saxphonist grew up to become a legend in jazz M I C K E Y M O U S E [ Created in 1928 ]

Inspired by a friendly rodent at Laugh-O-Gram Studios K AT E S PA D E [ 1962- ] C O N TA C T U S AT 8 7 7 - 5 2 8 - 4 7 4 8 O R G O TO M E E T K C . C O M .

Handbag designer is a native and frequent visitor

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