Here’s a review of this week’s questions:
- This city’s Municipal Auditorium has played host to more NCAA Championships than any other venue in the country. What city is it?
- What city is home to the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art?
- What city is the birthplace of boxing champion Floyd Mayweather, Jr.?
And here are the answers:
- Kansas City, MO. Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium was opened in 1935, and was considered “one of the ten best buildings in the world” by the Architectural Record. The campus consists of three halls – the Arena, the Music Hall and the Little Theater, and is also connected to the city’s convention center. Besides hosting the Big 12 Championship annually, the Arena has also hosted 83 NCAA tournament games, 13 regional finals, and 9 Final Fours.
- Memphis, TN. Located at the intersection of South Main Street and Gayoso Avenue in downtown Memphis, the Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art was formerly known as the Peabody Place Museum until the name change in 2007. Jack and Marilyn Belz, owners of the Peabody Hotel, donated over 1,000 objects from their own collection to the museum, which includes furniture, carvings, tapestries, and jade. Much of the collection was created during China’s Qing dynasty (1644-1912) and these objects are characteristic of an ancient culture with rich artistic traditions. The Judaic aspects of the museum pay tribute to some of Israel’s most celebrated artists and include 32 bronze statues by renowned Israeli artist Daniel Kafri. There is also a Holocaust Memorial Gallery that honors Holocaust survivors and their families.
- Grand Rapids, MI. Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was born in Grand Rapids in 1977. His father, Floyd Mayweather, Sr., had been a welterweight contender and had once fought against Sugar Ray Leonard. Floyd Jr. attended Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids before his family relocated to New Jersey. He won Golden Gloves championships and a bronze medal in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta prior to beginning his professional boxing career. He quickly rose to prominence in the super featherweight division, before moving to light middleweight. He retired undefeated with 15 championships to his name and is often referred to as the best defensive boxer in history.