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Kemper Arena Use Dwindles

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In this 1973 photo taken at Kemper Arena, Nate Archibald #10 of the Kansas City-Omaha Kings attempts a layup against the Portland Trail Blazers. (Getty/Neil Leifer/NBAE)

In this 1973 photo taken at Kemper Arena, Nate Archibald #10 of the Kansas City-Omaha Kings attempts a layup against the Portland Trail Blazers. (Getty/Neil Leifer/NBAE)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Officials in Kansas City are trying to decide what to do with Kemper Arena, which has lost most of its events to the Sprint Center.

The latest blow to Kemper was the announcement that the American Royal Rodeo — a longtime staple of the arena in Kansas City’s West Bottoms — will move to the Sprint Center next year.

The Kansas City Star reports that many city officials say they don’t intend to close Kemper, although others are suggesting it’s time to raze the building. Other options include finding an alternate use for the arena, such as making it an outdoor amphitheater.

Kansas City convention officials say revenues from the Sprint Center are currently covering Kemper’s costs. But it cost the city about $1 million to operate the arena this year, while the city received only $253,000 in revenue.

Copyright Associated Press

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