NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Live Coverage: Coronavirus in the Kansas City Area
Sports

Council Expects 100:1 Return On All-Star Game

3324066_987075467.jpg
Photo courtesy of the Kansas City Royals
Kansas City will host Major League Baseball's All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in July of 2012.

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kcur/local-kcur-909490.mp3

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's city council honored the old adage "it takes money to make money" yesterday, voting to pick up the tab for the considerable expenses related to hosting the 2012 All-Star Game.

City Manager Troy Schulte gave the council what might have been a staggering cost estimate if not for his projected return-on-investment. Schulte told the council his staff estimates the city's expenses at $500,000, but expect an economic impact of over $50 million in return.

Those numbers were enough to persuade even the most frugal council members... and the mayor. The vote was unanimous to fund the long list of events that will take place the second week of July in 2012.

Events include a Fan Fest, a charity concert, a home-run derby, a "fun run," and the All Star Game itself.

KCUR serves the Kansas City region with essential news and information.
Your donation today keeps local journalism strong.