The Kansas City Royals are moving from Kaufman Stadium to a new venue
Change is coming to Kansas City.
After 50 years of playing at the famous Kauffman Stadium, the Kansas City Royals have announced their desire to move to a new stadium.
In an open letterPrincipal owner John Sherman updated the fanbase on the team’s ongoing search for venues throughout Kansas City
“We’re excited to share that we now have several flagship locations, both in and near downtown Kansas City.”
Sherman addressed the idea of renovating Coffman Stadium, but the ballpark would require an extensive face-lift that would cost far more than building a new ballpark.
Kaufman Stadium is the sixth oldest in MLB and was last renovated in 2009.
The new project is estimated to cost $2 billion, making it the most expensive private-public development project in the city’s history. Sherman added that the new initiative would not increase taxes for Jackson County taxpayers and would bring in $60 million in new tax revenue.
In addition to the stadium, Sherman said a “ballpark district” will be created that will give fans a “revitalized” neighborhood.
“We envision local restaurants and shops, office space, hotels and a variety of housing opportunities accessible to Kansas citizens from all walks of life,” Sherman said, adding that new public transportation options will be created for the area.
The idea of surrounding a new stadium with a modern community is not new, but has become increasingly popular in recent years with proposed stadiums such as the Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park, the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Field, and more. New NYCFC Stadium In Willets Point, Queens.
Artist renderings show the ballpark, an overhang over the grandstands, the popular outfield water fountain and a crown over the scoreboard that fits features taken from Kauffman Stadium, including being moved to left field. The outfield features elevated views with plenty of grassy seating.
According to the open letter, construction of the new stadium would create 200,000 new jobs, $1.4 billion in labor income, and $2.8 billion in total economic output.
Along with GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Kaufman Stadium forms the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex. The complex is located approximately 8 miles southeast of downtown Kansas City, and public transit can take up to an hour to get to the stadium.
The Royals are the third major league team to actively seek a new stadium after the Tampa Bay Rays and the stadium. Oakland Athletics Both have expressed interest in leaving their current aging ballpark.
The new ballpark and development district around the stadium still has a long way to go before the Royals’ lease at Kauffman Stadium expires in 2030, including finalizing the site, design and approvals from Jackson County and the state of Missouri.
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