Unrealized sports resort pitched to KCK in ’07 owes $500,000

Four years ago, a group of men approached the Unified Government of Wyandotte County with an ambitious proposal. They wanted to transform a flood plain into a $980 million “sports and entertainment destination resort.”

The project, Sport World Live, sounded like a mash-up of the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World and the mother of all youth sports complexes. In addition to ball fields, horse stables and an international village, the plans called for a five-star hotel — not to be confused with the same complex’s “signature” hotel. There were to be vacation condos as well, to fulfill any visitor’s fantasy of owning a time-share off Interstate 435 near the Missouri River.

At the time, The Pitch called the proposal ridiculous. That has turned out to be an understatement.

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