Wichita to Pay Rent for Cash-Strapped Sports Hall of Fame

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ Wichita's mayor says the city isn't happy about having to make a nearly $100,000 rent payment for the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

But that's part of the deal that was signed in 2004 to bring the hall from Abilene to Wichita.

Hall officials say they are short on money because the Legislature didn't provide any funding this year, and because some fundraisers suffered from bad timing.

Bob Hanson is a member of the hall board and president of the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission. He says everyone thinks the hall is important -- but they also think someone else should pay for it.

The state created the hall of fame in 1961 but didn't fund it. Its rent is due twice a year.

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