The Arena Football League is coming to Kansas City. The AFL is expected to bring a franchise to Kemper Arena in 2006, and then move to the new downtown arena once construction is completed in 2007. The Kansas City marketing company, K.C. Arena Sports and Entertainment Group, has applied for a franchise and has received preliminary approval. Background checks on its investors will need to be done before they’re given the final thumbs up.

The AFL currently has 17 teams and hopes to expand to 20 in 2006. As it stands, there are three midwest cities with franchises—Chicago, Columbus, Ohio and Grand Rapids, Michigan.