This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two large sites better known for sports and concerts could become temporary hospitals in the Kansas City metro. As the number of coronavirus cases in Missouri continues to rise, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson made the announcement Tuesday. The Missouri National Guard has been scouting potential sites if Missouri hospitals get overwhelmed treating COVID-19 patients. The governor said Tuesday that Hy-Vee Arena in Kansas City’s West Bottoms and Cable Dahmer Arena in Independence are both on the list, though nothing has been confirmed. The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, the Hammons Student Center and JQH Arena in Springfield, Missouri Southern’s Legget and Platt Arena in Joplin, the Show-Me Center in Cape Girardeau and Hearnes Arena in Columbia have also been identified as possible care centers. Missouri’s National Guard is also in the Kansas City metro looking for two more potential locations as well. The state has three main criteria for these potential care centers:
- Located in areas with deficient bed counts,
- Areas with spaces large enough for patient populations, and
- Areas where utilities are available to start immediate construction if necessary.