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The College Basketball Experience
Price: $12 for adults; $9 for children 6-17; 5 and under free
Hours: Open 10am-6pm Wed.-Sat., 11am-6pm Sun.
Further cementing the area’s reputation as a hoops hotbed, Kansas City is now home to the state-of-the-art College Basketball Experience (CBE). Connected to the new Sprint Center via a common lobby, the 41,500-square-foot entertainment facility contains hands-on, interactive basketball exhibits and houses the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
CBE opened on Oct. 17, 2007 adjacent to the new Kansas City Power & Light District. Visitors to CBE will experience the coach-player relationship first-hand. Beginning with a last-minute pep talk inside the entrance elevator, a coach’s voice accompanies fans throughout the facility, guiding them through several dribble, pass and shoot stations to hone their skills.
The Kansas City-based National Association of Basketball Coaches founded the facility with the intent of redefining the American sports hall of fame.
Sweating is almost inevitable as CBE’s high-energy exhibits recreate the intensity of a college basketball game - from foul-line hecklers to a last-second buzzer beater. Visitors can even experience the excitement of a slam dunk, no matter how high they can jump.
SportsCenter fans will feel right at home behind the ESPNU anchor desk, where they can call the play-by-play of college’s most memorable games. Inside the Mentor’s Circle area, the nation’s finest coaches describe who inspired them and visitors can record their own video testimonials.
Each visitor’s journey ends with a stop in the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, a quiet space devoted to the game’s greats. Interactive kiosks offer a glimpse into each inductee’s legacy.
CBE was designed by New York City-based ESI Design, best known for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.
The Kansas City area is no stranger to college basketball. Although the game was invented in Springfield, Mass., it grew from its roots in and around the KC metro. In fact, Kansas City has hosted more Final Fours than any other city in the nation (10). The game’s inventor, James Naismith, was the first basketball coach at the University of Kansas in nearby Lawrence, Kan.
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5 out of 5 stars
Tuck S. - Topeka, KS
I love the College Basketball Experience and Hall of Fame. It's decently priced and so much fun. You can shoot free throws with the crowd behind you trying to distract you. You can see how many 3's you can make in 40 seconds. You can call the game as an announcer on ESPNU. And not to mention the history of college basketball is laid out in front of you. It's just an amazing place to visit in downtown KC.
Get your game on
5 out of 5 stars
A R. - Platte City, MO
This is perfect for the competitive spirit. Prepare to sweat...Ideal for athletic types junior high and older...
Waste of money and time
1 out of 5 stars
Chris B. - Excelsior Springs, MO
We visited on July 1, 2009 after purchasing our tickets and being told a little about the facility we entered. Upon entering, we were greeted to many young children running all over the place. We attempted to go through and try to use the many interactive exhibits and displays. But were repeatedly waiting on unsupervised young children that either refused to leave an exhibit, take turns or would interrupt our use. What little staff we saw was standing in groups talking with each other not maintaining any type of order or seeing that the rules clearly stated at each exhibit were being followed. It was clear that the children were with a group of some kind and all of the adults were playing basketball at the center court. When we did finally get to use a few of the exhibits many were broken or not properly working. I have 3 young boys ranging in age from 10-15 who were looking forward to this trip but now do not want to ever return. After being treated so rudely and having no help from staff to maintain some type of civil atmosphere, we were left with a bad taste in our mouth. We ended up leaving without finishing because of this. This facility clearly is not geared toward families or well maintained. I hope that in future they can correct these problems, I would hate for visitors to Kansas City to leave with the same feelings I have.
Kansas City is Home
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Bradley Y. - Overland Park, KS
We moved here 3 years ago with very little expectations of Kansas. Since that time we have grown to love Kansas City as our home. We have 3 children and there is an endless supply of family fun.
We have enjoyed the zoo, Deanna Rose Farmstead, theater in the park, the Crown Center, Union Station, Science City, The Great Wolf Lodge, The Legends, the Speedway, the college basketball hall of fame, the symphony, the KC Brigade, and so much more.
We are so happy to have found the wonderfulness of Kansas City and we are always spreading that news to friends and family. Thank you Kansas City!
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