12 huge events that will change Kansas City by 2026

KC is on the precipice of these city-altering events happening over the next four years.

KC_downtown photo by @kansasdroneguy

Here’s a look into KC’s not-so-far future.

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There’s a buzz in the air, and it’s not just from winning another Super Bowl. Kansas City is on the precipice of several city-altering events. Can you feel it?

We brainstormed some of the big ways KC is stepping up these next four yearsget a load of this:


New KCI terminal | Feb. 28 | The largest single infrastructure project in KCMO’s history is now open, revolutionizing the region’s welcome mat for the first time in half a century.

NFL Draft | April 27-29 | KC is once again in the national spotlight as every NFL team (and as many as 600,000 fans) converge on football’s championship city.

West Bottoms | Begins 2023 | Developers will kick off a ~$500 million “micro-village,” adding 1,250 apartments and rebuilding crumbling infrastructure through 2035.

Pennway Point | Late 2023 | 3D Development officials confirmed to KCtoday they are on track to open this new entertainment district by the end of the year.


KC Current Stadium | Spring | The world’s first stadium dedicated to professional women’s sports will open for the 2024 NWSL season.

Rock Island Bridge | March | This old railroad bridge is set to become an entertainment district and the nation’s first cross-state aerial park.

Buck O’Neil Bridge | December | This project seeks to establish a 100-year-long connection between I-35 and 169 Highway (with better pedestrian access).

Meta | TBD | This tech giant is already investing $800 million in its first KC data center — with the possibility of a full $40 billion campus down the line.

Aerial photo of the KC Current stadium construction site.

History, literally in the making.


KC Streetcar extensions | Early 2025 | Both the Main Street Extension and the Riverfront Extension are underway, sparking millions of dollars in investment.

Panasonic | March | This $4 billion electric vehicle battery plant will create at least 4,000 jobs and position the KC region as an integral part of EV technology.


South Loop Project | Before the World Cup | Leaders are pursuing an aggressive timeline to finish a four-block park over I-670.

World Cup | June-July | The world comes to Kansas City. “It’s going to be bigger than we think it’s going to be,” Tim Cowden, president and CEO of KCADC, said.

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