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AEG’s Sprint Center Pulling In Tenants

KANSAS CITY, MO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Kansas City’s new Sprint Center, which put in several lucrative bids to become the home ice for the Pittsburgh Penguins before they decided to stay put, has finally attracted some serious interest from possible tenants.

A source has told the Kansas City Star that arena football team The Brigade will announce on Thursday that it plans to play its home games at the facility starting in 2008, instead of its current home field at Kemper Arena. The Sprint Center has about 1,100 more seats, with a total of 17,297, as well as 72 suites.

Officials from AEG are also reportedly in talks with the Seattle SuperSonics management about bringing the NBA franchise to Kansas City as well.

“We’re talking to Clay [Bennett, SuperSonics chairman], I’ll leave it at that,” AEG President Tim Leiweke told the paper.

The $276 million Sprint Center is scheduled to open in October. Anschutz Entertainment Group holds the management contract for the facility for the next 25 years. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers