Steve Paul

American Royal leaders turn up the heat as city decision nears on plan for Kemper Arena

Kansas City corporate leaders and supporters of the American Royal are putting on a last-ditch, full-court press to convince the city to adopt their plan for demolishing Kemper Arena and replacing it with a facility they say would be more suited to their needs. Their calculated campaign to get their way has increasingly emphasized a threat to move the American Royal and its all-important weekend barbecue contest somewhere else.

Steve Paul

American Royal needs to get real on Kemper Arena issue

The American Royal’s arguments for replacing the city-owned Kemper Arena with a smaller facility and denying a developer’s proposal to reuse the historic structure make very little sense. And they should not stand in the way of forging a larger vision that accomplishes both goals and helps spur new life in the West Bottoms.

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