American Royal barbecue moving to Truman Sports Complex
KANSAS CITY (AP) - The American Royal national barbecue competition is moving to the Truman Sports Complex this year.
The move was announced Tuesday by the American Royal, which has sponsored the World Series of Barbecue in the West Bottoms of Kansas City near Kemper Arena for more than three decades.
Royal officials say the competition has outgrown the grounds around the American Royal complex and the move will allow the competition to expand. The event draws nearly 50,000 people every year. It had 560 barbecue teams last year but 40 had to be turned away because of lack of space.
This year's competition is scheduled for Oct. 1-4. The livestock show and other American Royal events will continue to be held in the West Bottoms.