As if the Power & Light District doesn’t have enough problems…
Lawsuits claiming racism, diminished business with ramped up competition from Westport, Waldo and South Johnson County.
Comes now more bad news in the form of first time ever beer sales at Sprint Center during Big 12 basketball games and a seriously depleted fan turnout owing to the defections of longtime Big 12 stalwarts like Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado – especially Mizzou.
“It’s my fourth season working at Power & Light for the Big 12 tournament and this is the first year Sprint Center has been able to sell beer during games because of the NCAA,” says bartender Laurie Cooger. “And our beer sales are down this year because it’s taking away business from us. Our sales are, I’d say, 20 percent down.”
Add to that a falloff in foot traffic.
“The other big difference is the Big 12 is really the Big 10 now,” Cooger says. “So there are less teams, less games and less people coming down here.”