Kansas City’s $7 billion spending spree putting it on the map

You see, it is perfectly OK for Charlotte to spend what — $2-3 billion? — on various tourist traps and attractions because places like Kansas City are spending more on such things.

The new, state-of-the-art Sprint Center is an 18,500-seat arena that will host major entertainment and sporting events when it opens early next year.

“Sprint Center and its location in the heart of our convention district, was the major factor for them (Catholic Youth Ministry) selecting Kansas City,” said Bill Bohde, vice president of convention sales and services.

Among new attractions opening in the near future: Bass Pro Shops, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the College Basketball Experience.

The College Basketball Experience will feature hands-on, high-energy exhibits about college hoops when it opens later this year.

Other existing attractions include the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s new Bloch Building.

Let’s hop on that destination location treadmill! We have nothing to lose but our minds.