Let’s Give John Sherman A New Kansas City Baseball Stadium

No rush though.

John Sherman is not the owner of Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals for another few weeks but that doesn’t mean that others can’t pitch Kansas City elected officials on building a new downtown stadium for him by 2031. Sherman is slowly taking over from the departing owner David Glass and should have the franchise by Thanksgiving. One national real estate company has picked out the location for Sherman’s business. Kansas City’s East Village district. The Kansas City Royals stadium opened in 1973 and underwent a quarter of a billion dollars’ worth of extensive renovations between 2006 and 2010. There was some push to move the baseball business downtown in 2004 and 2005 when it was decided that the then more three-decade old facility was too antiquated to be useful. Eventually Jackson County, Missouri did put together a deal with the Royals and the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs ownership group to fix up the baseball and football stadiums which are side by side in the Truman Sports Complex and presented it to voters.

On April 4, 2006, Jackson County, Missouri voters approved a 0.375% sales tax increase to fund plans to renovate the Truman Sports Complex. Voters said no to an old idea proposed by Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt in the 1960s to build a rolling roof that could be used in bad weather at the baseball park or the football field. The sales tax hike that allowed for the renovation ends in 2031. There are eleven years that remain on the Royals-Jackson County lease. That might seem like a long time but there is one thing that keeps reoccurring in stadium and/or arena game. Owners try to get ahead and pitch the idea of getting a new stadium long before a lease is done. Finding money for stadium construction takes a long time.