KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The American Royal is picking up and moving from its longtime home in Kansas City’s historic West Bottoms. Business owners in the West Bottoms told FOX 4 they are excited the American Royal is expanding and said the traffic the event brought in was too much for the area.
“You just can’t handle that kind of foot traffic, I mean to be open next to 60,000 people when you are used to occupying your 100 or 120 seats, you just can’t provide for that,” said Justin Norcros, the owner of Lucky Boys. “I think it’s exciting and hopefully mutually beneficial both for them and for us.”
Norcros said The Kemper Arena is a special piece of West Bottoms history and he would love to see the venue become a permanent home to another company or event.
“If they have a desire for a new place that sounds great, they are growing and progressing at the time this wonderful building I have a great attachment to sits almost extremely vacant for months out of the year,” he said.
Down the block from Lucky Boys, the owner of Amigoni Winery says he wishes The American Royal well.
“If you look at if they need more space, that’s great,” Michael Amigoni said. “Also if they go out there they will probably be more accessible and we feel that the West Bottoms will continue to expand.”
The American Royal board members said they will a $160 million facility near the race track. It will be on the western side of Village West.