KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Zoo announces the name of its new aquarium.
The attraction will be called the Sobela Ocean Aquarium when it opens on September 1, 2023.
The name was selected by benefactors Barnett and Shirley Helzberg to honor their grandchildren, Sawyer, Oliver, Benton, Elias, Leo, Amelia, and Arthur.
The 600,000 gallon aquarium will include six habitats featuring dozens of exhibits. Visitors will see everything from coral to sharks to turtles inside the new building. There is even a tunnel visitors can sit in or walk through where sea life will swim over them.
The $75 million attraction is the single largest capital project in the Kansas City Zoo’s history. The zoo used $45 million from the zoo district sales tax, which was approved in 2011, to cover the majority of the costs. Donations covered the remaining $30 million.
When it opens Labor Day Weekend, admission to Sobela Ocean Aquarium will be included with Zoo admission or Friends of the Zoo membership.