Fans flock to NHL game at Sprint Center - KCTV5

Fans flock to NHL game at Sprint Center

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

If Kansas City wants to land an NHL team, a strong showing of fan support is a must. Tuesday's sell out at the Sprint Center made a strong statement for the support of metro fans.

"You see the Power and Light District and this wonderful venue they'll be in tonight and the fans. I think that speaks well of KC," said Cindy Smith, Interim President of KC Sports.

Fans lined up for hours before face off between the Penguins and the Kings to get a glimpse of what could be.

"I'm just glad to see the NHL back in town," said David Jewell, of Lee's Summit. "I'd buy season tickets in a heartbeat."

Paul Kelly is the former head of the NHL Players' Association. He said Kansas City really needs three things to snag a team: a building, a strong ownership group and plenty of fans.

"It's good to see what kind of support we get. Frankly KC is going to make a great showing. It's a good opportunity to see what KC would bring to the table," said Kelly.

The Kansas City Sports Commission has been working to help bring hockey to KC.

Fans KCTV5 spoke with Tuesday night said the NHL is a perfect fit in the Sprint Center.

"The hits, cheap entertainment, the kids love it, can't go wrong," said one fan.

Having an anchor tenant in the Sprint Center would be a boost for the downtown economy but the KC Convention and Tourism Association said the Sprint Center has been a success even without a pro sports franchise.

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