In a move pushed by former Mayor Kay Barnes, AEG was awarded the Kemper Arena management contract last year. Barnes obviously thought the lopsided contract she wrote with AEG for the Sprint Center wasn’t generous enough.
The problem is that Kemper now has almost no events. AEG has pulled every money making event to the Sprint Center, leaving Kemper a cold and dark place.
A quick look at the Kemper website calendar shows just seven events booked over the next five months. The city still has a debt load on Kemper and the fact that it is sitting empty for 95% of the year does not help pay off that debt. Thus, Kemper is adding to the city’s overall indebtedness.
The Source calls on the city and AEG to provide a line by line accounting for the Kemper contract and for the Kemper facility as a whole. We also call on the Kansas City Star to further investigate what is fast becoming an obvious “pay-for-play” scheme involving Barnes, Cordish and AEG.