Royals to leave Kauffman Stadium, plan for $2B stadium district in Missouri

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City Royals proprietor John Sherman launched a letter Tuesday asserting the workforce is planning to leave Kauffman Stadium and start exploration for a ultimate location for a $2 billion stadium and leisure district.

“It’s changing into difficult to keep the Ok,” Sherman wrote in a letter launched on the workforce’s Twitter account, “A brand new house can be a much better funding, each for the native taxpayer {dollars} already supporting our facility and the Kansas City neighborhood.”

The Royals have been at Kauffman Stadium since 1973. The stadium, then referred to as Royals Stadium, value $70 million {dollars} on the time. The workforce celebrated its fiftieth season at Kauffman Stadium earlier this yr.

Since the stadium has been opened, the stadium referred to as “The Ok” by baseball followers and Kansas Citians alike, has hosted two All-Star Games and 4 World Series showdowns.

“The Ok” is at present the sixth-oldest stadium in the most important leagues. Only RingCentral Coliseum (Oakland), Fenway Park, Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium have been in use longer.

The stadium has beforehand gone by means of many renovations through the years. The most up-to-date one between the top of the 2007 season to Opening Day in 2009, the place the renovations value $250 million. The renovations included the set up of the stadium’s iconic HD scoreboard formed just like the workforce’s emblem, which alone value $8.3 million.

Sherman purchased the workforce in 2019 for a sale totaling $1 billion. Sherman had beforehand introduced again in 2021 the workforce had earlier than the method to discover choices on the place to play.

“We’re in a great place right here at Truman Sports Complex, however we want to begin fascinated by our plans for our stadium over the subsequent 5 to 10 years,” Sherman stated on the time.

The workforce’s lease is due to expire in 2031. However the workforce has beforehand stated they want the stadium to open earlier than the top of the lease.

According to a press release by the Royals, they’ll entertain presents for new websites, which might embody a number of websites close to and round downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

Some websites which were talked about embody a downtown ballpark.

Sherman additionally stated again in 2021 he anticipated the long run house of the Royals to be a public-private partnership.

Frank White, Jackson County govt, weighed in on the announcement by means of a press release.

Tonight, with the remainder of our neighborhood, I had a possibility to learn the open letter from Royals Owner John Sherman. From the second I met Mr. Sherman, I used to be impressed together with his honesty, thoughtfulness and love for Kansas City and it’s my hope that our residents, a lot of whom haven’t met Mr. Sherman personally, get those self same emotions by means of his written phrases and acknowledge his dedication to our heartland hometown, beloved baseball workforce and storied stadium.

I really imagine there is no such thing as a one who loves Kauffman Stadium greater than I do. Before taking part in there, I obtained a job engaged on the higher deck of the ability to help my household. I by no means imagined that Ewing Kauffman would bless me with the chance that may change my life without end. Because of him, a child who picked cotton in Mississippi lived his skilled baseball dream beneath the lights at Kauffman Stadium for 18 years. Like the hundreds of followers who name it house, the recollections there are priceless.

Now as County Executive, I’m extraordinarily proud to lead a county that’s house to two of the best stadiums in skilled sports activities. It is our purpose to maintain them each in Jackson County for many years to come, whereas defending the pursuits of our residents and guaranteeing that their voices are an important in this dialogue.

I look ahead to persevering with to work with all events concerned, however we now have a great distance to go earlier than any choices are made on a downtown stadium. Specifically, I’m in listening to extra about Mr. Sherman’s proposal in phrases of location, value, funding sources and particular new and added advantages to the neighborhood.

Frank White, Jackson County govt

This is a growing story and will likely be up to date.

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