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Royals Narrow List of Potential Sites For New $2B Stadium

  • The Kansas City Royals have narrowed potential stadium sites down to four or five.
  • The team also said union contractors operating under a labor agreement would build the stadium.
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The Kansas City Royals have revealed more details for their proposed $2 billion downtown stadium and district.

The list of potential sites has been narrowed down from 14, Royals chief operating officer Brooks Sherman said last week during the team’s second listening session.

“We continue to evaluate four or five sites, but we’re on this listening tour to hear from you as to what may be important,” Sherman said. “We look forward to making this determination after the completion of our community listening tour.”

As the largest public/private partnership in Kansas City history, the Royals would pay for the entire $1 billion ballpark district and part of the $1 billion stadium.

  • The team would ask for an extension of Jackson County’s current ⅜-of-a-cent sales tax used for Truman Sports Complex — the home of Kauffman Stadium and the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium.
  • It also proposes that city and state funds be spent on infrastructure improvements including streets, sidewalks, waterway lines, and green spaces for parks and trails.

“The federal government may play a role as well, as we consider some creative ideas to build a community despite the interstates that are in and around downtown,” Sherman added.

Construction Contracts 

At Wednesday’s listening session — the team’s third — Royals officials said union contractors operating under a project labor agreement would build the stadium. 

The team said as many as 20,000 people could be employed for the stadium’s construction.

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