Archive for June 2014

UG to look at convention center for Village West area

The Unified Government is considering a feasibility study for a convention center in or near Village West in western Kansas City, Kan.

At an Economic Development and Finance Standing Committee meeting Monday night, UG Administrator Doug Bach received preliminary approval to send out a request for proposals for a feasibility study for convention space in or near Village West and the entire I-435 corridor in western Wyandotte County.

The feasibility study idea will go before the June 5 UG Commission meeting for commission approval. It was unanimously approved by the committee.

Bach told the committee that during the last few years, developers had approached the UG about convention space. There were different proposals, but the UG staff believed the UG ought to “take control of it” and make sure the project is done for the long-term benefit of the community, and not for the benefit of the development itself, Bach told the committee.

He said there have been conversations with different parties, including the Hollywood Casino-Kansas Speedway group, which is moving forward on a hotel with 250 rooms currently. The hotel is scheduled to be constructed in October.

Bach said the UG also has been talking with the Convention and Visitors Bureau of Kansas City, Kan., about a convention center.

He recommended that the UG do its own RFP, select a consultant to do an analysis to see if a convention center is feasible, and if so, how big should it be and what would be the best location, and not take the project to one developer.

He told the UG committee that the majority of the $50,000 approximate study cost might be funded by other entities, although the UG would be in control of it. He said the CVB and the casino group might contribute to paying for most of the study. The study may take 60 to 90 days.

If the study recommends a convention center site next to the casino hotel, there might be an extension of the time the casino group is allowed to start building the hotel, especially if the hotel needs to be relocated, Bach said. However, the site of the convention center could be anywhere along the I-435 corridor.

“I think this is a great time to proceed with studying this,” said Commissioner Jim Walters. “There’s a lot of interest.”

He said he recently attended a commissioners’ conference in Manhattan, Kan., which had a better convention facility than did Kansas City, Kan. One day at the conference, the spouses took a side trip to go shopping at The Legends in Kansas City, Kan., he related.

Commissioner Ann Murguia asked Bach to come back to the UG Commission for further approval if the funds the UG would have to pay for the study were a lot larger than anticipated.

Commissioner Gayle Townsend said this benefits the UG from the planning perspective, as it puts the UG in a position of strength and knowledge, and it sounded like a reasonable project.


Sporting KC to transfer midfielder Rosell to Portuguese team

Oriol Rosell

Sporting Kansas City announced on Tuesday that the club has agreed to transfer midfielder Oriol Rosell to Sporting CP in Lisbon, Portugal.

Sporting Kansas City will receive two-thirds of the transfer fee to use as allocation money per MLS rules, as well as a percentage of any future transfer of Rosell from Sporting CP to another club.

“We wish Uri the best of luck in pursuing this new opportunity,” said Sporting Club CEO Robb Heineman. “The perception from the outside might be that the timing is not great, but from the inside we believe that the timing is perfect. It opens the door for Uri and for us. Uri came from Barcelona B to Sporting Kansas City, won an MLS Cup and furthered his development on the field. This transfer helps enable us to retain our core players while adding pieces to the team. As we continue to build our roster for the future, and looking at our goal of pursuing championships, we identify what types of players we need to have on our roster to compete continuously for the U.S. Open Cup, MLS Cup and Champions League. This move has also expanded the relationships we have built with many top clubs, opening access to similar players around the world, showcasing what can be accomplished in Kansas City and the other platforms that open up from here.”

Rosell, 21, joined Sporting Kansas City in August 2012 from Barcelona B. He contributed two goals and two assists in 49 MLS appearances (including postseason) and led all MLS players with 130 interceptions during the 2013 season. Rosell was voted No. 14 on’s top 24 players under the age of 24 last year and made his international debut for Catalonia in 2013.

Sporting Clube de Portugal were runners-up in the Liga ZON Sagres this season and will compete in the 2014-15 UEFA Champions League. The team features two-time MLS All-Star Fredy Montero, as well as four players on national team rosters for the 2014 FIFA World Cup: Islam Slimani (ALG), Marcos Rojo (ARG), William Carvalho (POR) and Rui Patricio (POR).

In accordance with MLS Roster Rules and Regulations, allocation money does not count against a club’s salary budget and can be used:
•To sign players new to MLS
•To re-sign an existing MLS player, subject to League approval
•To “buy-down” a player’s salary budget charge below the League maximum
•In connection with the exercise of an option to purchase a player’s rights or the extension of a player’s contract for the second year provided the player was new to MLS in the immediately prior year
Rosell becomes the third Sporting Kansas City player in the last 18 months to move to Europe. In 2013, Honduran midfielder Roger Espinoza joined Wigan Athletic (England) and Sierra Leone striker Kei Kamara was transferred to Middlesbrough FC (England). Rosell’s transfer will open a Salary Budget Player spot and international slot on the Sporting Kansas City roster.

– Story from Sporting KC


Piper results

State champions: The Piper High School girls 4×100 relay team of Victoria Webb, Talia Simmons, Madee Erwin and Tristian Davis won the state championship in the 4×100 relay at the state track meet in Wichita last weekend. (Piper photo)

State runner-up: The Piper High School boys 4×400-relay team of Dion Saunders, Brendan Smith, Logan Stacer and Sean Pahls were runner s-up at the state track meet in Wichita last weekend. (Piper photo)

Piper High School – softball at Salina (state)
– Varsity lost to Ft. Scott 5-6

Piper High School – track Wichita (state)
– boys 8th place and girls 9th place as team
– State Champions: Girls 4×100 relay (Victoria Webb, Talia Simmons, Madee Erwin, and Tristian Davis (6th title in 7 yrs)
– State Runner-Up: Boys 4×400 relay (Dion Saunders, Brendan Smith, Logan Stacer, and Sean Pahls
– Medalist: Tristian Davis 3rd in 100, Jordan Guess 3rd in triple jump, Victoria Webb 5th in triple jump, Sean Pahls 4th in 400, Parker Richardson 5th in 300h, Girls 4×400 (Morrow, Erwin, Je. Wayne, and Ja. Wayne), Dion Saunders 6th in 200, Travon Jones 7th in long jump, and Jessica Wayne 8th in 800m
– Piper School records: Dion Saunders in 200, Jordan Guess in triple jump, and Boys 4×400

– Information from Doug Key, Piper activities director