blueline wrote:TruthBeTold wrote:And for the record, KC has the inside track to be the next home of the franchise. Big, new, spacious, EMPTY building in need of a high-level team. With no NHL options, the AHL is obviously the next choice as far as KC is concerned.
Since this is your second post....Do you have any facts on the "inside track" I have heard rumors regarding Kansas City. What is your level of confidence with the team bolting Peoria? Please elaborate.
Nope, no facts, just pure speculation. KC has been trying to get an NHL team, which would play in the Sprint Center, since the Nashville Preds were on the sale block. There are two ways to get into the NHL...relocation of another franchise and expansion. Niether is being talked about, at least for a couple of years. Eventually, the Sprint Center will have to get some tenants and some cash coming in.
In December, the place has had two concerts:Niel Diamond and the Cheetah Girls; one K-State basketball game and one Kansas basketball game, and a weekend of the "Radio City Spectacular", featuring the Rockettes. The place also sat or will sit empty for 24 of the 31 days of the month. With no immediate future in the NHL, with no immediate future in the NBA, and with no minor league basketball system what-so-ever (and now with no AFL season in 2009!), what would be the next best option to put a regular sports tenant in the building? Yep.
I think it's just a matter of MONTHS before someone announces they are moving their AHL team to KC...Anaheim has been previously discussed, Dallas has been mentioned, and St. Louis. St. Louis, being right across the state, is the natural choice. If Bruce Saurs were still the sole owner of Peoria, then I wouldn't think it would happen. But the Blues bought the team. They have no such allegiance to Peoria that Bruce has. Their attendance is woeful. The arena, despite great efforts to improve it in the last few years, does not provide the amenities and facilities that the Sprint Center does. That should go without saying.
So, no facts...yet...but plenty of circumstantial evidence pointing in that direction.