(Kansas City, Mo.) – The College Basketball Experience will be featuring a new mural designed by Anthony “AO” Oropeza starting this Saturday highlighting Kansas City’s Division I team, UMKC Athletics.
“Kansas City is a sports town, and college basketball is a huge part of any fan experience,” UMKC Director of Athletics Carla Wilson said. “As the only Division I basketball program in the city, we are excited to showcase UMKC inside the CBE.”
The College Basketball Experience, a world class entertainment facility connected to Sprint Center by the Grand Lobby, is two floors and 41,500 square feet of basketball exuberance. It houses the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, where visitors can honor college basketball legends and learn about the history of the game.
“The College Basketball Experience would like to thank UMKC, UMKC's athletic department, athletics director Carla Wilson, Director of Development Brian Morris and artist Anthony "AO" Oropeza for sponsoring and providing the inspiration for this great mural that is now part of The CBE for the foreseeable future,” The CBE CEO Kevin Henderson said. “UMKC is Kansas City's only men's NCAA Division I and this mural represents the importance of UMKC collegiate basketball for our city.”
The mural will be unveiled this Saturday, May 21 at the CBE, located at 1401 Grand Boulevard right next to Sprint Center. The CBE will be open from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., with a special appearance by Kasey the Kangaroo and free giveaways from 1:30-2:30 p.m. An exclusive $2 discount will also be provided to all UMKC students, faculty, staff and alumni.
“We are honored to be able to partner with the College Basketball Experience on this project,” Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Operations Brian Morris said. “As Kansas City's Division I team, we felt it was a great opportunity to show our support for the CBE and to make sure that UMKC Athletics has visibility inside of a great facility that recognizes and celebrates college basketball.”
Along with the mural, the CBE team store will now offer officially licensed UMKC Athletics gear available to the public year round.
Special discounts will be distributed throughout the week. Follow the ‘Roos on Twitter (@TheUMKCRoos), Instagram (umkc_kangaroos) and Facebook (UMKC Kangaroos) to see how you can get your discounted offer and be a part of this special event.