New Royals downtown ballpark could happen early

Royals Owner John Sherman has commented on behind-the-scenes conversations that civic, government sources have had with the teamGetty Images

A downtown K.C. ballpark for the Royals "could be opening sooner" than some might have imagined based on Owner John Sherman's public comments and accounts of "behind-the-scenes conversations that civic and government sources have had with the team," according to a front-page piece by Hendricks, Hardy & Adler of the K.C. STAR. Two potential sites have "dominated their discussions with local officials." Sources said that the one the Royals "seem to prefer" is "within the freeway loop" in an area known as the East Village. The one that some politicians are "encouraging the team to consider" is "beyond that ring of highways but still close to the downtown skyline." While the club’s lease of Kauffman Stadium does not "run out" until the end of the '30 season, the Royals are “considering the possibility of a move" in time for Opening Day ’26. That could mean a ballot issue to "extend the current Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums sales tax" later this year or early in ’23. The Royals said that they have "not proposed any ballot measures this year,” but confirmed the team “could leave Kauffman early." There currently is discussion of possibly asking Jackson County voters at November's general election to "extend the current sales tax for however long it would take to pay the county’s share of helping the Chiefs and Royals build new facilities" (K.C. STAR, 5/15).

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