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The Empty Arena

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Kansas City earmarked $222 million for an 18,000 seat hockey and basketball arena that opened in October 2007. But as yet, reports author Bruce Schoenfeld, the city hasn't found a professional sports franchise to play there. "Now that I've inherited it," says Mayor Mark Funkhouser, "I tell people it's a shotgun wedding, but I have to make the marriage work."

If you build it, will they come?

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