Tourism CEOs back their hometown baseball teams with theme park bet

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Visit KC President & CEO Ronnie Burt has announced a friendly wager with his counterpart at the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau on which local baseball team—the Royals or the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim—will clinch the American League Division Series. The series begins tonight with Game 1 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

At the conclusion of the series, the losing President & CEO will don the opposing team’s jersey and ride his local theme park’s largest rollercoaster as many times as homeruns hit by the opposing team throughout the series. 

“We’ve got a lot of hometown pride here in Anaheim and are excited to rally behind our Angels,” said AOCVCB President & CEO Jay Burress. “I know I’m not going to lose this bet and have no intention of facing my fear of roller coasters. The Angels will be the true winners in this ALDS battle. Plus, I’ve never looked good in ‘Royal’ blue.”

“It’s been 29 years since Kansas City last appeared in the playoffs, and the City of Fountains couldn’t be more proud of our boys in blue. I hope Jay has rested and hydrated up, because he has a long day of thrills ahead of himself,” said Burt. “Kidding aside, we wish both teams good luck and look forward to an exciting series of great baseball.”  

Visit KC has chosen The Patriot as its thrill-inducing ride from Kansas City’s Worlds of Fun theme park, while AOCVCB has chosen California Screamin’ at Disney California Adventure Park. Each attraction has its own brand of thrills, twists, turns and heart-pumping peaks—guaranteed to help the losing CEO remember this bet for years to come. 

About Visit KC
Formerly known as the Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association, Visit KC is a non-profit organization whose mission is to ignite global passion for visiting Kansas City. Through marketing, sales and service of the convention and tourism industries, Visit KC supports a vital and growing component of the local economy—generating more than 45,000 jobs and $4.6 billion in economic impact annually. For more information about Kansas City, go to

The Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau (AOCVCB) is a 501 (c)(6) not-for-profit destination marketing organization that promotes Anaheim/Orange County as a premier leisure, convention and meeting destination. Formed in 1961, the AOCVCB is the foremost destination marketing organization in Orange County. Today, 700 Orange County area businesses are partners of the AOCVCB. More than 44 million people visited Anaheim/Orange County in 2013, generating $9.6 billion in revenue for the local economy and creating 157,000 tourism-related jobs. For more information, call 714-765-8888 or visit

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