Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Kemper Arena: What should Kansas City do with the aging facility?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Kemper Arena faces an uncertain future.
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  • Kemper Arena faces an uncertain future.
Kemper Arena is sitting in the West Bottoms like a doddering uncle who you just don't have the heart to tell that his buttons aren't buttoned right on his shirt. We all acknowledge something is going on, just nobody is willing to have the conversation about getting the old guy some help.

The Kansas City Star writes that the City Council is considering a plan to essentially mothball the arena by prematurely ending Anschutz Entertainment Group's management contract on June 30, rather than the end of the year, in an attempt to cut back on facility maintenance costs and acknowledge that the Sprint Center is the true draw for events.

Back in 2010, The Pitch's David Martin looked at the city's debt in relation to the Kemper, which is not scheduled to be paid off until 2016. It was then that he predicted that AEG would begin to make noise about needing funds to maintain the Sprint Center. The Star article makes that exact point, only it has come four years earlier.

What should Kansas City do with Kemper Arena?
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