Elton John and his band have been confirmed to launch the new 18,000-seat-plus Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 13. Tickets for the grand opening concert go on sale Aug. 6.

Also booked at the $276 million Sprint Center, the centerpiece of a $3 billion-plus downtown revitalization, is Disney's High School Musical: The Ice Tour. The shows will run from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.

Along with concerts, the soon-to-open Sprint Center will serve as host to basketball, hockey, family shows and other special events. Arena operator AEG co-owns the arena with the City of Kansas City.

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