American Royal wants Kemper Arena torn down

5 years 5 months 1 week ago Friday, August 15 2014 Aug 15, 2014 Friday, August 15, 2014 9:42:00 AM CDT August 15, 2014 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY (AP) - American Royal officials asked a Kansas City Council committee to recommend tearing down Kemper Arena, rather than renovating it.

American Royal wants to replace the little-used arena with a smaller building for equestrian-related and other events. The proposal conflicts with one offered by a developer, who wants to renovate Kemper for use as a youth sports complex.

Royal officials told the committee Thursday that they plan to spend $60 million to demolish the 40-year-old Kemper and erect a new building.

The Kansas City Star reported the Royal has a long-term lease that requires the city to provide space for its events through 2045.

The committee hopes to make a recommendation to the full city council next month, after a public hearing on Aug. 25.

 

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