The arena orginally looked just like reunion arena in Dallas, then the roof collapsed and they added the superstructure to support the roof.
The arena is owned by the city government and the building has been replaced by the sprint center for most events, also owned by the city. There has been talks of demolishing the arena for years but there has been one guy step forward recently that said he will remodel the arena if the city will just give it to him. The arena still hosts American Royal events (orginization that hosts the worlds largest BBQ contest, as well as a rodeo, equestrian events, and such).
http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article743341.htmlWhile Kemper said he has great love and nostalgia for the arena, named for his grandfather, he’s adamant that it’s outlived its useful life.
Steve Foutch, managing director of Foutch Brothers, says otherwise. He says there’s enough property to build the new American Royal building and still save the arena.
“Our presentation is all about co-existing,” Foutch said in a telephone interview. “They can still have their new arena. We coexist and do the sports and let them concentrate on equestrian and agriculture.”
Foutch said an independent analyst has confirmed that Kemper can be renovated for $21 million, and he can finance that privately if the city will give him the building.
“We’ve met with the mayor and city manager and we’ve gotten nothing but strong support,” he said.