Many people coming to Kansas City, Kan., July 31 for the MLS All-Star soccer game at Sporting Park likely won’t know whether they’re in Kansas or Missouri, nor care.
Already, a prediction some months ago at a Unified Government Commission meeting that neighboring areas will be making the most of the internationally televised games is coming true. Several events are being scheduled in Missouri or in other Kansas counties, along with the events scheduled in Kansas City, Kan. While there are many related events scheduled throughout the metropolitan area, the events on July 31 will be all about Kansas City, Kan., according to a recent statement by Bridgette Jobe, director of the Kansas City, Kan., Convention and Visitors Bureau.
A search of some stories about the upcoming game that already have been published in other cities shows that many stories simply refer to the game as being in “Kansas City.” That’s despite an Associated Press rule that specifies a state, either “Kan.” or “Mo.,” be tacked on to the end of the name of Kansas City.
Given the early results and the fact that the host hotel for the MLS All-Star game is in Kansas City, Mo., it’s probable that Kansas City, Kan., will not receive all the attention it should receive for being the host site of the game.
Even though the rules call for “Kan.,” to be placed at the end of “Kansas City” in datelines of stories, don’t count on everyone to get it right. If they think they’re in Missouri, they may put “Mo.” in the dateline. Or if the writers don’t know where they are or don’t know that there are two Kansas Citys, they’re likely to just leave the state out. When they’re doing an early morning broadcast or travelogue from the area of their hotel, they’re likely to talk about “Kansas City, Mo.”
My prediction is that while most publications and media will get it right and include Kansas because they are picking up the game story from the wire service, some of those who are doing their own original work may get it wrong.
So if you see visitors in town for the MLS All-Star game, make sure you tell them they’re in Kansas City, Kan. Not that they would care too much where they are.
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