Group working to bring 2016 GOP convention to KC

Group working to bring 2016 GOP convention to KC

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Posted on March 1, 2013 at 6:03 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- A Kansas City area group has started an effort to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to the area and says it wants the bid to be a bi-state effort.

KMBC-TV reports local organizer Kathy Nugent says she envisions most of the convention taking place at the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City, Mo. But other activities could be held at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan., and the Overland Park, Kan., Convention Center.

The bidding starts in March and a decision on where to hold the convention could be made by the end of the year.

The 2016 convention will mark the 40th anniversary of the 1976 Republican National Convention. That gathering took place at Kansas City’s Kemper Arena, where President Gerald Ford was nominated over Ronald Reagan.

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