Cross your fingers…
If Kansas City gets lucky – and I mean really lucky – the laughably ridiculous threat by the American Royal to move out of Kemper Arena and the stockyards will come to pass.
They’ll convince some other part of town or city into building a pint sized place to put on the Royal’s dying horse and livestock shows before the bite sized crowds that still subscribe to that dated form of entertainment and move on down the road elsewhere.
It doesn’t matter where the American Royal goes, just that it does indeed go.
Otherwise, the way the all too malleable Kansas City Council works, it’s only a matter of time until the small handful of local business big shots con them into making an incredibly bad deal for local taxpayers to keep the American Royal in the stockyards.
Trust me on that one.
Because short of a miracle, all this hocus locus about threatening to move the American Royal out of good, old KCMO is a total crock.
Nobody with half a clue actually thinks catering to a ridiculously small cadre of horse and livestock lovers is worth investing tens of millions of dollars – taxpayer dollars.
Once upon a time it was.
When I was a child the American Royal mattered – it was a relatively big deal.
However those days are long gone.
The American Royal ain’t NASCAR, nor are they Sporting KC.
People are not going to start attending those type of events just because they build something smaller and nicer.
Look at what happened at the Woodlands.