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KC to build NHL ready practice facility in Riverside?

Post by KCMax » Thu Oct 27, 2011 12:54 pm

Plans for NHL-ready practice facility near Argosy Casino off I-635 unveiled today. $15MM complex to be ready in 18 months.
http://twitter.com/#!/BrianMcGannon/sta ... 4881330176

He adds it would be built for youth hockey and to satisfy the demands for a hockey facility up north, but it would be NHL-ready should a team relocate here.

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Re: KC to build NHL ready practice facility in Riverside?

Post by TheBigChuckbowski » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:02 pm

Who is funding it?

EDIT: Argosy Casino owner. Does anyone know who this is?
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Re: KC to build NHL ready practice facility in Riverside?

Post by KCPowercat » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:06 pm

Very interesting.

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Re: KC to build NHL ready practice facility in Riverside?

Post by AllThingsKC » Thu Oct 27, 2011 1:28 pm

Seems like a good deal. I'll take it. Can we get Argosy to become at least a particial owner of a team?

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Re: KC to build NHL ready practice facility in Riverside?

Post by kboish » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:12 pm

the other week when someone linked to the ESPN folks talking about a "new ownership group" surfacing in KC i wanted to ask about that, but forgot...so this sort of brings that back up. Seems like the Argosy owner(s) may be part of it. Any other ideas?

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Post by TheBigChuckbowski » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:30 pm

I'm trying to think of reasons this could possibly be announced before a team is even secured.

1. Riverside and/or Argosy owner wanted a youth hockey rink anyway. They're going to make it NHL caliber so if a team does come, they'll get some rent from it.

2. NHL ownership group is already in place including Argosy owner who put this together so that they would practice in Riverside instead of somewhere else.

3. The Argosy owner is the leader or the only member of an ownership group and he wants the practice space in Riverside so he can watch the team practice and be back in his office in 5 minutes.

4. Part of an arrangement for Argosy owner to become a part of the NHL ownership group.

5. Team is already secured but nothing has leaked yet. This needed to be announced now so that it would be ready for the team once they moved here. The team would not be able to move until at least after this season so they don't want to kill ticket sales for this current season.

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Post by AllThingsKC » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:34 pm

I hope it's #5!!!!! Though, that seems to be the option that is least likely.

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Re: KC to build NHL ready practice facility in Riverside?

Post by KCMax » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:39 pm

TheBigChuckbowski wrote:Who is funding it?

EDIT: Argosy Casino owner. Does anyone know who this is?
Argosy is owned by Penn National Gaming. Peter Carlino is the CEO.

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Re: KC to build NHL ready practice facility in Riverside?

Post by Ez Street » Thu Oct 27, 2011 3:46 pm

Very interesting.....

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Post by shinatoo » Thu Oct 27, 2011 4:55 pm

Doesn't the independence events center already have a NHL ready practice area?
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Post by Ez Street » Thu Oct 27, 2011 6:35 pm

Now he says it's in Briarcliff.....

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Post by TheBigChuckbowski » Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:10 pm

Ez Street wrote:Now he says it's in Briarcliff.....
And, more importantly, AEG is a part of it.

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Re: KC to build NHL ready practice facility in Riverside?

Post by TheBigChuckbowski » Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:11 pm

Why would AEG have any interest in financing a youth hockey rink in Kansas City if there wasn't an NHL team already involved or to help bring a team?

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Re: KC to build NHL ready practice facility in Riverside?

Post by Ez Street » Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:39 pm

Is there a link to this story yet? Anything on the news? Just curious.

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Re: KC to build NHL ready practice facility in Riverside?

Post by KCMax » Thu Oct 27, 2011 7:45 pm

shinatoo wrote:Doesn't the independence events center already have a NHL ready practice area?
I would guess if we ever land an NHL team, they don't want to share ice time with a minor league club.

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Re: KC to build NHL ready practice facility in Riverside?

Post by Ez Street » Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:18 pm

Still nothing online about this.

Does this development have anything to do with it....
http://www.kansascity.com/2011/10/17/32 ... sides.html

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Re: KC to build NHL ready practice facility in Riverside?

Post by KCMax » Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:25 pm

Ez Street wrote:Still nothing online about this.

Does this development have anything to do with it....
http://www.kansascity.com/2011/10/17/32 ... sides.html
I emailed a couple of media members about it, but they hadn't heard anything yet.

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Re: KC to build NHL ready practice facility in Riverside?

Post by Ez Street » Fri Oct 28, 2011 2:57 pm

Hmmm, the lack of media publicity is odd. Perhaps they want this under the radar. Seems strange that this kind of a development (NHL angle or not) would not be some sort of news....

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