Alden, Kansas City leaders meet to discuss future

Mike Alden met with Kansas City leaders on Wednesday to re-emphasize Missouri’s interest in continuing to hold athletic events in the city.

The Kansas City Star reported that though no definite plans were made, the group left convinced Alden was genuine.

Jim Heeter, president of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and other members met with Alden at the chamber’s Union Station headquarters for 90 minutes, Chamber vice president of communications Pamela Whiting confirmed.

The group discussed future, annual Missouri football games at Arrowhead Stadium, possibly as soon as next season — though the opponent would not be the University of Kansas.

It also discussed a holiday basketball tournament held at the Sprint Center, and Alden expressed interest in bringing the SEC basketball tournament to the city in the future. Heeter said he expects the Big 12 basketball tournament to continue in the Kansas City despite Missouri’s departure.

Included in the meeting were Kansas City Mayor Pro-Tem Cindy Circo, Kansas City Chiefs president Mark Donovan, Jackson County executive Mike Sanders and Kansas City Convention and Visitors Association president Rick Hughes, among others.

Whiting confirmed that the group will meet again in late February or early March.

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