February 23, 2014 9:36 PM

Two groups battle over the future of Kemper Arena

The Foutch Brothers development company, which specializes in revitalizing historic buildings, wants to acquire Kemper Arena and create a regional hub for youth and amateur sporting events. City officials say it’s an “intriguing idea” but the American Royal has first dibs on the property. The American Royal still wants to demolish Kemper and replace it with a new agricultural events center.

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