Just down the hill from Liberty Memorial someone is building a golf course. It's part of an event that's coming to Kansas City next week and the group that's sponsoring it hopes it's one way to attract more young people to the area.
The advertisement promoting the Fiery Stick Open targets young, hip 20-somethings. Erick Wullschleger said they reflect an emerging demographic and lifestyle in Kansas City.
"It's about coming into our own. A lot of people in the millennial mindset demographic are looking for ways to get out," Wullschleger said.
That's why he and his organization, LiveKC, are behind an event called the Fiery Stick Open. They're marketing it as a pop-up country club at Liberty Memorial. It's a place where young professionals already spend time to stay active and socialize and they say the metro has more to offer every year.
"It's always fun telling people there's a pretty thriving soccer community out here. It's a small city, big town kind of mentality," said Alexander Hayes, a millennial.
"It's just a really good vibe and good momentum for the city. There's good jobs. If you want to start a family and raise one, you can. There's a lot of good bars, restaurants," said millennial Luke Schnoebelen.
Wullschleger wants to build on that momentum with outdoor party games like giant-sized beer pong, croquet and a live band, all things that attract millennials.
"Let's not put an age limit on it; I think it's a mindset. People like to be out in the open, they like to create. We're just trying to create more of that culture in Kansas City," he said.
The Fiery Stick Open is Friday, July 18. It begins at 3 p.m. Tickets range in price. Click here for more information.
The title of the event is a reference to Liberty Memorial.
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