The front doors of Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri.
Exit doors in Municipal Auditorium’s exhibit hall.
Directions to the media room in the basement of Municipal Auditorium.
A drinking fountain sign on the upper concourse of Municipal Auditorium.
The exterior marquee of the Municipal Auditorium exhibit hall.
A warning sign in the catwalks of Municipal Auditorium.
The backstage doors of the Music Hall at Municipal Auditorium.
A refreshments sign on the lower concourse of Municipal Auditorium.
Backstage directions to the arena and the Music Hall at Municipal Auditorium.
A wall near the backstage doors of the Music Hall at Municipal Auditorium.
For the past two weeks, I’ve spent most of my time at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Missouri. I walked under it, around it, and through it, for fourteen days covering the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship and the NAIA D1 Men’s Basketball National Championship.
Municipal Auditorium was built at 301 W. 13th street in 1936. As of 2007, more NCAA men’s basketball tournament games (83), regional finals (13) and Final Fours (9) have been played in Municipal Auditorium than any other building. It has also hosted three of the first four Final Fours.
The Little Theatre and the Music Hall are also part of Municipal Auditorium. The Little Theatre is a ballroom used for receptions, private parties, and catered events. The Music Hall is used by touring Broadway shows, visiting symphonies, opera and ballet companies for their performances.
During the first few days, I was so distracted by Municipal Auditorium’s beautiful art deco design, that I was blinded to the numerous signs throughout the building. Once I noticed them, I shot as many as I could during any downtime between my regular assignments of basketball games, dinner banquets, hall of fame induction ceremonies, award presentations, and VIP parties.