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No professional teams play here now, other than an arena football team, but there is hope that an NBA or NHL team relocates to KC soon. The arena hosts the CBE Classic, a college basketball tournament, the Big 12 Tournament, and also a couple college basketball games each year, along with concerts.

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19,252 (concerts)
18,972 (basketball)
17,544 (hockey)
17,297 (arena football)











 

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Very nice seating bowl design. Reminds me of a bigger Veteran's Memorial Arena in Jacksonville



A few other arenas feature a similar layout: the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, the Toyota Center in Houston, the Jobing Arena in Glendale, and the Prudential Centar in Newark, among others.
 

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Was it worth it? To build a brand new arena just to only have an arena football team call it home. A cautionary tale. Field of Dreams was just a movie.
What if the Arena Football team is successful?

Dude, the purpose of a multi-purpose arena is to hold several events and that's what they're doing. It's obviously not just being used for AFL.

Why not build it?
 

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just to clear things up, the arena football team no longer plays here. They have a new owner and are playing in Kemper arena next season, which is where the indoor soccer team also plays.

Sprint Center is a big concert/event venue and is turning a profit without a pro team and has played a key part of revitalizing downtown by bringing in thousands of people into the power and light district every week. I've been to many concerts there and several sporting events such as sold out NHL preseason games and skateboard streetleague and its a cool arena, it was worth building even without a major team playing there. Its been said the city could lose money if a pro team moved in because there would be less available dates for all the other events it hosts.
 

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just to clear things up, the arena football team no longer plays here. They have a new owner and are playing in Kemper arena next season, which is where the indoor soccer team also plays.

Sprint Center is a big concert/event venue and is turning a profit without a pro team and has played a key part of revitalizing downtown by bringing in thousands of people into the power and light district every week. I've been to many concerts there and several sporting events such as sold out NHL preseason games and skateboard streetleague and its a cool arena, it was worth building even without a major team playing there. Its been said the city could lose money if a pro team moved in because there would be less available dates for all the other events it hosts.
The whole idea that the Sprint Center would lose money if it housed either a NBA or a NHL team or both sounds like AEG spin.
 

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^Yup.

I am sure they still make money without NBA or NHL tenant but no doubt they want one to maximize the venue date.
Since it would take free rent to lure a team and concerts can generate $100,000+ for the arena, I think it makes more financial sense to host concerts every weekend rather than give some millionaire NBA owner free rent. I would love to get an NHL team personally but I hate seeing cities give tax money to these teams.
 

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The whole idea that the Sprint Center would lose money if it housed either a NBA or a NHL team or both sounds like AEG spin.
AEG are right. Why give money to a pro team when you can make money with dates you obviously can fill already? If a team wants to move there, that team would have to buy out AEG's stake in the arena since paying rent doesn't make sense for a pro team unless they are very big (like the Lakers or Celtics). The Sprint Center is the 3rd busiest arena in the US. It doesn't need a pro team as a tenant.
 

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Since it would take free rent to lure a team and concerts can generate $100,000+ for the arena, I think it makes more financial sense to host concerts every weekend rather than give some millionaire NBA owner free rent. I would love to get an NHL team personally but I hate seeing cities give tax money to these teams.
Give them lucrative rent that will make both sides happy, it can be done.
 

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It sounds like Kansas City has made the short list to land an NBA team.

Jarrett Sutton of the SEC Network spoke to an anonymous NBA executive on Friday, who said that Kansas City “will get an NBA team at some point.”

“Kansas City will get an NBA team at some point,” the executive told Sutton. “It’s a real thing I’ve heard from multiple sources. Just a matter of time. Seattle and KC to me are most valuable markets for league expansion when it makes sense.”

The Kansas City Knights of the American Basketball Association were the last professional basketball team in the city, though the league shut down after the 2004-05 season. The Sacramento Kings originated in Kansas City then relocated to Sacramento after the 1984-85 season.

Kansas City is the 30th largest metro area in the country, according to the Kansas City Star, and is at least five hours away by car from the closest active NBA team.

Kansas City already has a downtown arena in place to host a potential NBA team, too. The Sprint Center was built in 2007, and can hold more than 19,000 people. For comparison, the Cleveland Cavaliers averaged 20,562 fans per home game this season, and were the second-highest in the NBA. The Sprint Center also plays host to the Big 12 men’s basketball tournament every year, and is home to the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.
https://sports.yahoo.com/nba-executive-kansas-city-will-get-nba-team-point-233932993.html
 

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^^Main thing needed is an ownership group. Did they make any mention of that?

KC is a kinda Meh market. At 30th, they'd be smaller than several markets that don't have teams:

-Seattle (Tho they're mentioned as one of the front runners for a team too)
-Tampa Bay (Amalie Arena is still a nice modern facility, but they'd be competing with Orlando and Miami in state))
-Saint Louis (Scottrade Center just got a small face-lift and is still modern)
-Pittsburgh (PPG Paints is brand new)
-Raleigh (Arena is there, but probably too close to Charlotte and this is College b-ball country)
-Baltimore (very close to DC and would need a new arena)
-Nashville (Smallish but modern arena)
-San Diego (Needs a new arena and pretty close to LA's 2 teams)
-Hartford (Needs a new arena, pretty close to Boston).

And I dunno how much corporate sponsorship money is floating around.

For Basketball fans in KC, I'm sure they'd love the chance, and I'm sure the city govt would be happy to finally have a big time tenant for their shiny toy.
 

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What has KC done since the Kings left in 85? Did the population grow or something?

I would love to see a team in St. Louis, but the same question comes up. Tampa, Raleigh, and San Diego are all about 2.5 hours or less away from a current team(s) and not big enough cities to warrant stepping on their toes. Finally Hartford is an older city, I wonder how the population age groups would fare for an NBA team.

Nashville and Seattle seem like the best options with Pittsburgh as a good back up.
 

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What has KC done since the Kings left in 85? Did the population grow or something?

I would love to see a team in St. Louis, but the same question comes up. Tampa, Raleigh, and San Diego are all about 2.5 hours or less away from a current team(s) and not big enough cities to warrant stepping on their toes. Finally Hartford is an older city, I wonder how the population age groups would fare for an NBA team.

Nashville and Seattle seem like the best options with Pittsburgh as a good back up.
Market size is a good indicator, but its not the final say.

The 3 ingredients are:

-Desirable market which has 3 sub sections
-Lots of TV households
-Lots of corporate money
-A noticeable gap in national coverage for the league
-Wealthy ownership group
-Shiny new arena

Seattle is now checking off all 3.

KC is lacking in the first one a bit, but does have a shiny new arena. If they have an ownership group lined up, I don't see why they don't get their foot in the door.

The other dark horse is Vegas. With the success of the hockey team and arenas coming out their ears, the casinos are realizing having a sports team near by does a great job bringing in the fans.

Nashville or Pittsburgh would be cool, but has anyone come forward with the money to make it happen? Values of NBA franchises are now pushing the $2bil range. Figure an expansion team will run you.... what? $1.5bil? I dunno... Just because the market is there doesn't mean it will happen.
 
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