American Royal wants Kemper Arena torn down
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.