Study claims Sprint Center adds millions of dollars to Kansas City economy since opening

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Sprint Center released an economic impact study conducted by a third party not connected to the area that claimed since it opened in 2007, the arena has added hundreds of jobs to the area and generated millions in taxes.

The financial impact to the city and the state is shown by all the sold out concerts and sporting events. When Sprint Center was first built, arena operator AEG promised a professional franchise would call the facility home.

Since then, however, deals have fallen through, leaving the arena without an anchor tenant.

This study backs up former AEG CEO Tim Leiweke's claim made in an interview with Jack Harry in October of 2012 that an NBA or NHL team isn't currently needed to bring in additional money.

"When we first built this we were dedicated to trying to get an anchor tenant, now I'm looking at it going be careful because if we bring an anchor tenant here and it doesn't do well it will kill this building," Leiweke told Jack Harry in that October 2012 interview.

Shani Tate, Sprint center's Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Ticket Sales, said bringing in a franchise is a complex process that would mean another economic study along with several other key components fall into place.

"It's all about being ready to accept the right deal at the right time and the right ownership group for your city," Tate explained.

This latest study shows Sprint Center is doing just fine without an anchor tenant because concerts and other sporting events sell out.

"It's very easy to attract other artists to come to Kansas City when you sell tickets. When you have those sold-out shows, word travels very fast throughout the industry where people want to come and play in your building," Tate noted.

However, Tate isn't ruling out a deal with a professional franchise in the future.

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