Chiefs, Royals’ futures in Kansas City thrown for loop after voters reject stadium tax


The futures of the Chiefs and Royals in Kansas City, Missouri, had been thrown off on Tuesday after voters rejected a gross sales tax measure that will have backed main renovations to Arrowhead Stadium and helped fund a brand new ballpark for the MLB staff.

Greater than 58% of voters in Jackson County rejected the plan, which might have changed an present three-eighths of a cent gross sales tax that had been paying for the maintenance of the Truman Sports activities Advanced with the same tax that will have been in place for the subsequent 40 years. The advanced is home to both Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums.

The Royals sought to make use of their share of the tax income to assist fund a $2 billion-plus ballpark district. The staff had pledged $1 billion from possession.

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Jeff Gaeth votes Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at Yellow Rock Barn in Kansas Metropolis, Missouri. Voters had been requested to resolve whether or not to increase a gross sales tax to fund a brand new baseball stadium for the Royals and soccer stadium enhancements for the Chiefs. (AP Photograph/Charlie Riedel)

The Chiefs sought to make use of their share of the tax income to assist fund $800 million in renovations to Arrowhead Stadium. Possession dedicated $300 million to the plan.

“We’re deeply disenchanted as we’re steadfast in our perception that Jackson County is best with the Chiefs and the Royals,” Royals staff proprietor John Sherman stated. “As somebody whose roots run deep on this city, who has been a devoted fan and season-ticket holder for each of those groups, and now main a exceptional possession group.”

Chiefs president Mark Donovan, who already teased the potential of the Chiefs leaving Jackson County, stated the group would do “what’s in the perfect curiosity of our followers and our group as we transfer ahead.”

“We’ve been speaking loads concerning the democratic course of. We respect the method,” Donovan stated. “We really feel we put forth the perfect supply for Jackson County. We’re prepared to increase the long-standing partnership the groups have loved with this county.”

Chiefs president Mark Donovan talks to the crowd

Chiefs president Mark Donovan speaks throughout an election watch get together after voters rejected the extension of a gross sales tax to supply funding for a brand new baseball stadium for the Royals and renovations for the Chiefs’ stadium, Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in Kansas Metropolis. (AP Photograph/Charlie Riedel)

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The Royals have been taking part in within the ballpark often called “The Ok” since 1973 when it opened as Royals Stadium. The title was modified to Kauffman Stadium to honor the staff’s fisrt proprietor, Ewing Kauffman. It underwent its final main renovation in 2009.

Within the fall, the group unveiled two potential places for a brand new ballpark – the japanese fringe of downtown Kansas Metropolis or throughout the river in Clay County. However in February, after a self-imposed deadline handed, the group scrapped each plans and selected a brand new space, referred to as the Crossroads close to the town’s Energy & Gentle district and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

The brand new Royals plans confronted a roadblock when Kansas Metropolis Mayor Quinton Lucas stated the group couldn’t shut down a serious avenue as a part of the stadium’s footprint. The Royals agreed to the change. Royals government vp Sarah Tourville stated the purpose was to maneuver into a brand new stadium in 2018.

The Chiefs wished to remain in Arrowhead with a hefty overhaul, which might have included renovations to the seating from the bowl to luxurious facilities to the tailgating.

John Sherman talks to the crowd

Kansas Metropolis Royals proprietor John Sherman addresses the group throughout an election watch get together, Tuesday, April 2, 2024, in Kansas Metropolis. (AP Photograph/Charlie Riedel)

“We’d not be prepared to signal a lease for one more 25 years with out the financing to correctly renovate and reimagine the stadium,” Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt stated earlier than the vote. “The financing puzzle is essential to us to ensure we’ve sufficient funds to do every thing we’ve outlined.”

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Voters had accused executives of each groups of a scarcity of transparency of their plans.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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