I don’t like it when some outsider says, “Kansas City can’t support an NHL team”. You see, I don’t think that’s true.
Here is a 10-day snapshot of sports in Kansas City. Remember, we have about 1.8 – 2.1 million people — about half the size of St. Louis and less than about 1/3 the size of Dallas/Fort Worth. Each one of our major sports venues was used and, nearly, full.
Friday, September 26 — MLS Soccer — sellout crowd of 19,500. Oh, and by the way, the team is the defending champions.
Saturday, September 27 – NHL preseason hockey game, nearly full capacity of 13,000 (upper end seats were curtained)
Monday, September 29 — NFL Monday Night football – sellout crowd 78,000+. Set an, admittedly arbitrary, record for loudest crowd noise.
Tuesday, September 30 – MLB AL Wildcard game — sellout crowd of 45,000+.
Saturday/Sunday — October 4 & 5 — NASCAR Weekend — Sunday will be a 80,000+ sellout
Sunday, October 5 — AL Division Series Game 3
I mention all this without mentioning that during this period of time, all three NCAA FBS football teams played home games within a 21/2 hour drive. Even Nebraska, just 210 miles from Kansas City, had a home game during this time.
You see this is what bugs me about criticism of Kansas City. We’ll support an NHL team if one ever comes here.
But, if one never comes here, Kansas City is an outstanding sports market. What other markets have NFL, MLB, MLS, NASCAR (our second race) and NCAA Division 1 sports, in the same market, IN THE SAME WEEK. Less than 10. And, those places are much, much larger than Kansas City.
I think if an NHL team came to Kansas City, it would have to be a winner. But, how does that make Kansas City different than any other medium-sized NHL market? The Blues certainly didn’t have good attendance during the Mike Kitchen era.
Regardless of whether the NHL (or NBA) comes here, Kansas City is a great sports market.