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.

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