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Partner Tandy Patrick Comments on Future of Kemper Arena


For 38 years, Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo. has been home to what many recognize as some very important historic events and entertainment. Kemper Arena has previously been known as a popular venue for major league basketball and hockey, concerts by bands like the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney, and even the 1976 Republican National Convention.

Recently, with the opening of Sprint Center, Kemper Arena has struggled to survive and hold onto its once popular reputation. With events fleeing from Kemper, it has been tough to accept the idea of what some say is an inevitable demolition. American Royal leaders previously announced plans over a year ago to demolish Kemper only to replace it with a smaller coliseum.

American Royal leaders, who still have a lengthy amount of time left on their 50-year lease of the facility, don’t see the desired outcome in repurposing the arena. However, a group of Kemper Arena supporters have a strong opinion about the decision saying that Kansas City shouldn’t be so quick to demolish this arena that was once filled with so much life.

As the president of the American Saddlebred Horse Association, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP partner Tandy Patrick is one American Royal horse show veteran who thinks Kansas City may want to rethink the demolition. Patrick, who is a partner in the firm’s Real Estate Practice Group and a member of the firm’s Equine Law Team, is a lifelong horse owner, breeder and exhibitor, and represents various horse owners and breeders from several states.  She was recently quoted on her thoughts regarding the project.

Excerpt from ‘Tear down Kemper Arena? Not so fast’

“Kemper Arena is a wonderful ‘user-friendly’ facility for our folks,” emailed Tandy Patrick, president of the American Saddlebred Horse Association.

She said the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington struggled for years, but gradually attracted more events and ultimately became the country’s premier year-round equine facility.

“Perhaps the staging of additional agriculture events at Kemper would similarly lead to broader exposure,” she said.


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