Leisure and Hospitality

Annual Plaza Lighting Ceremony to be held virtually in 2020

For one of the region’s most beloved traditions, the Country Club Plaza will host the 91st Annual Evergy Plaza Lighting Ceremony as a broadcast-only event on KMBC 9. The hour-long production will start at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving. While Plaza restaurants… more

The 2020 Ingram’s 250

Time for some Ingram’s 250 math: What’s i250 x 5? If you came up with 1,250, hats off to your grade-school math teachers—their lessons clearly took hold. But with this being the fifth year of our recognition of the 250… more

Big Ten backtracks, will resume football this fall

AP – Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday and said it… more

Ozarks region markedly busy over Labor Day weekend

The Ozarks saw a strong burst of business and overall activity this Labor Day weekend, the wave of activity due largely to COVID-19 and restrictions in the region and nationwide. Out-of-towners in Missouri and the surrounding area, including visitors from… more

No fans, tailgating at KU fall sports games

In a Monday announcement, KU said it will not be allowing fans into fall sports games, at least for the start of the season. Along with the note on fans, the university announced that it will also be prohibiting tailgating,… more

January 2021 Royals FanFest canceled

Originally scheduled for Jan. 29 and 30, 2021, the annual Royals FanFest presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City has been canceled, according to a Tuesday announcement from the Kansas City Royals. The decision comes nearly five… more

Fans welcomed back at Children’s Mercy Park on Tuesday

For the first time in five months, Sports Kansas City hosted it first match at home with fans. The sports team is only one of four clubs in Major League Soccer to host fans in their home venues under the… more

Local frequent flyers anticipate personal travel to recover faster than business travel

The airline industry has been no exception to the list of industries impacted by COVID-19, a local survey of 1,006 Kansas City residents finding that most respondents believe personal air travel will experience a quicker return to normal than business… more

Airbnb announces global ban on parties, events at listings starting Friday

A Thursday news release from Airbnb announced a global ban on all parties and events at Airbnb listings, including a cap on occupancy at 16 people. The ban is set to start Friday, Aug. 21, and will apply to all… more

AMC select locations reopen Thursday in Kansas City, nationwide

After months of theater closures across the U.S. and a pushed-back reopening date, Leawood-based AMC is finally opening its doors to the public Thursday. To celebrate its 100-year anniversary and to attract more movie-goers, AMC is offering “Movies in 2020… more