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American Royal plans new home

Kansas City landmark is moving across the state line

NewRoyalNearly 500 people gathered Nov. 28, 2023, to watch as the first piece of steel was placed on the new barn for the American Royal, which is constructing a 1 million-square-foot complex near the Kansas City Motor Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. The American Royal’s current location is on the Missouri side of the city in the West Bottoms area.The American Royal, a Kansas City, Mo., tradition since 1899, will soon be housed in a new facility being constructed on a 127-acre site on the Kansas side of the city.

The first beam was installed Nov. 28, 2023, for the multi-purpose complex, which is intended to be an “epicenter for food and agriculture.” Plans call for a 390,000-square-foot barn with exhibition space, two indoor arenas, a 77,400-square-foot learning center and a concert lawn. The barn itself will be able to house more than 1,500 horses or almost 4,000 head of cattle.

“The new American Royal complex will be a place where relevant conferences, collaborations and events can happen,” said Cliff Illig, a member of the American Royal board of directors. “Visitors of all ages and backgrounds will come together to learn, celebrate and advance an industry that impacts each and every one of us, every single day.”

The process officially began in 2019, when the American Royal purchased 47 acres near the Kansas Motor Speedway. At the time, the Patterson Family Foundation acquired 80 neighboring acres and signed a 99-year lease agreement with the American Royal Association.

With the facility’s versatile combination of indoor and outdoor space, officials expect programming to expand year-round and draw 2 million visitors annually. In addition to its traditional livestock shows and rodeos, the new American Royal facility will host conferences and special events focused on food, fiber and fuel. The facility is expected to be ready for its first event in late 2025 or early 2026.

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