A Lawrence banker is playing a big role in coordinating the celebration next month for the new American Royal complex that will be dedicated in Kansas City, Mo.
Todd Sutherland, University National Bank president, is a member of the American Royal Celebration Days Steering Committee that is planning the dedication ceremonies for Nov. 5-7.
He called the new complex a "super facility" that will enhance the annual international horse and livestock show.
"I think it will allow them to compete with other shows in other parts of the country, like Louisville, which has a new arena," Sutherland said.
Sutherland's family has been involved in the American Royal since his grandfather participated. Currently, his sister-in-law participates in the horse show, he said.
THE NEW American Royal Complex is a large multipurpose structure featuring an arena for horse and cattle shows that seats more than 6,000 people and a two-story exhibition room for livestock shows and commercial displays.
The new complex was built adjacent to the old American Royal arena. The old Governor's Building also was renovated in the project.
It offers a new arena for horse shows and a new exposition building for stock shows. Kemper Arena, south of the American Royal, will remain the home for rodeo events and concerts. The new buildings are adjacent to the old American Royal arenas.
The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 with a benefit gala with the new American Royal Museum and Visitors Center will be officially dedicated. Call (816) 221-9800 for reservation information.
The official opening and dedication of the American Royal Building is scheduled from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 6.
FOLLOWING the morning American Royal Parade, "Celebration Days" will continue from noon to 5 p.m. Nov. 7 in the new American Royal Building. Features include special children's entertainment, informal tours and a variety of live music.