SubTropolis is a 55,000,000 square foot (5,060,000 m³), 1,100-acre (4.5 km2) manmade cave in the bluffs above the Missouri River in Kansas City, Missouri, United States, that is claimed to be the world’s largest underground storage facility.
Dug into the Bethany Falls limestone mine SubTropolis is at places 160 feet (49 m) beneath the surface. It has a grid of 16 ft (4.9 m) high, 40 ft (12 m) wide tunnels separated by 25 ft (7.6 m) square limestone pillars created by the room and pillar method of hard rock mining. The complex contains almost seven miles (11 km) of illuminated, paved roads and several miles of railroad track. Currently 5,000,000 square feet (460,000 m³) is occupied and 10,000,000 square feet (920,000 m³) are “improved.” About 3.2 acres (13,000 m2) of available space are added each year as active mining continues.
The mine naturally maintains temperatures between 65 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (18 to 21 °C) year-round. The United States Postal Service and the United States Environmental Protection Agency lease spaces within SubTropolis, the United States Postal Service for its collectible stamp operations and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their Region-7 Training and Logistics Center.
On the north edge of the complex Hunt developed the Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun amusement park complex. Hunt’s extensive business dealings in Clay County contributed to the Chiefs having their NFL Training Camp at William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri until 1991.
Lamar Hunt (August 2, 1932 – December 13, 2006) was an American sportsman and promoter of American football, soccer, basketball, tennisand ice hockey in the United States and an inductee into three sports’halls of fame. He was the principal founder of the American Football League (AFL) and Major League Soccer (MLS), as well as MLS predecessor the North American Soccer League (NASL). Hunt co-founded the World Championship Tennis and was also the founder and owner of the National Football League‘s Kansas City Chiefs, the Kansas City Wizards and at his death owned two MLS teams, Columbus Crewand FC Dallas. The oldest ongoing national soccer tournament in theU.S., the U.S. Open Cup (founded 1914) now bears his name in honor of his pioneering role in that sport stateside. In Kansas City, Hunt also helped establish the Worlds of Fun and Oceans of Fun theme parks. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972; into the National Soccer Hall of Fame in 1982; and into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1993. The National Soccer Hall of Fame bestowed upon Hunt their Medal of Honor in 1999, an award given to only three recipients in history thus far. He was married for 42 years to his second wife Norma, and had four children, Sharron, Lamar Jr., Daniel, and Clark Hunt.
Hunt was born in El Dorado, Arkansas, the son of oil tycoon H. L. Huntand younger brother of tycoons Nelson Bunker Hunt and William Herbert Hunt. Lamar was raised in Dallas, Texas. He attended Culver Military Academy and graduated from The Hill School in Pennsylvania in 1951 and Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1956, with a B.S. degree in geology. Hunt was a college football player who rode the bench but was still an avid sports enthusiast during his time in college and throughout his entire childhood. While attending SMU in 1952, Hunt joined the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. In 1972 he was selected as Kappa Sigma’s Man of the Year.
LightEdge Solutions Opens Kansas City Underground Data Center at SubTropolis
The Grand Opening of LightEdge’s Kansas City Data Center and SubTropolis Technology Center took place on Wednesday, April 16th. A press conference and ribbon cutting ceremony were followed by tours of the facility and networking for the 300+ guests in attendance. Dignitaries in attendance included Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, Kansas City, Missouri Mayor Sly James, Presiding Clay County Commissioner Pam Mason, KCP&L Vice President Chuck Caisley, Augie Cruciotti, managing director of The Anschutz Investment Co., and members of the Hunt family including Clark Hunt, Lamar Hunt, Jr., and Sharron Hunt, owners of Hunt Midwest.
LightEdge Solutions Inc., a Des Moines-based provider of managed IT, cloud computing and colocation services, will open the first phase of its 60,000-square-foot regional data center at SubTropolis by Feburary, LightEdge CEO Jim Masterson said. Owned by the Anschutz Corp., LightEdge will spend about $58 million equipping the new data center during the next five years, he said, and its capital investment at SubTropolis could reach $80 million within 10 years.
Philip Frederick Anschutz (/ˈænʃuːts/ an-shoots; born December 28, 1939) is an American entrepreneur. Anschutz bought out his father’s drilling company, Circle A Drilling, in 1961 and earned large returns in Wyoming. He has invested in stocks, real estate and railroads. He then began investing in entertainment companies, co-founding Major League Soccer as well as multiple teams, including the Los Angeles Galaxy, Chicago Fire, Houston Dynamo, San Jose Earthquakes, and the New York / New Jersey Metro Stars. Anschutz owns stakes in the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Kings, and venues including the Staples Center, O2 Arena, and the StubHub Center. Anschutz also invests in family films such as The Chronicles of Narnia. Forbes ranks him the 38th richest person in the U.S. with an estimated net worth of $11 billion as of 2014.
Anschutz was born in Russell, Kansas, the son of Marian (née Pfister) and Frederick Benjamin Anschutz. His father was an oil tycoon and land investor who invested in ranches in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming, and eventually went into the oil-drilling business. Carl Anschutz, Anschutz’s great-grandfather, an ethnic German who emigrated from Russia, started the Farmers State Bank in Russell, Kansas.