Mayor skeptical about downtown Kansas City stadium talk

Bill Grady
October 02, 2019 - 7:14 am
Apr 3, 2016; Kansas City, MO, USA; A general view of the interior of Kauffman Stadium prior to the opening night game between the Kansas City Royals and the New York Mets.

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Kansas City, MO - Perhaps a change of ownership for the Kansas City Royals could result in a new baseball stadium downtown. Or perhaps not. 

KC Mayor Quinton Lucas is saying, “show me the money.” 

There's 'talk' that a new stadium might be part of the arrangement if Kansas City businessman John Sherman’s offer goes the distance to buy the Royals. The deal is expected to become official when owners meet in November. 

A new downtown stadium could cost upwards of $700 million, and Kansas City taxpayers have already ponied up big tax incentives for other downtown development, Lucas said.

"They're subsidizing on dead obligations, $13 million a year for the Power & Light District," Lucas said. "We have to incentivize every parking garage that Cordage builds, and then connect with luxury housing. That's about $20 million a pop."

Lucas has not totally ruled out the possibility of a downtown stadium. He says he’s willing to talk with the new owners about other financing options, such as a bi-state plan.

"I'd like to hear from the ownership group what type of money they're putting in, and frankly from the the entire region, the type of investment that I think we're going to make region wide," Lucas said.

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