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Group working to bring 2016 GOP convention to Kansas City

Friday, March 1, 2013 | 7:35 a.m. CST; updated 9:19 a.m. CST, Friday, March 1, 2013

KANSAS CITY — A Kansas City area group has started an effort to bring the 2016 Republican National Convention to the area and said it wants the bid to be a bi-state effort.

KMBC-TV reported that local organizer Kathy Nugent said she envisions most of the convention taking place at the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City. 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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