The Royals have called a press conference tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. to announce the selection of a downtown ballpark. According to Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star, they will announce a location in Crossroads, near the old Star printing plant.
The site has the advantage of being close to an existing entertainment district with the Power and Light District and T-Mobile Center just north of the site, although I-670 currently poses an obstacle. The city is expected to begin construction of coverage on I-670 this year.
There are currently a number of businesses in this area, including the Church of the Resurrection, which recently announced expansion plans. This has raised questions about how the Royals will put the lands together. Some experts believe the Royals could use eminent domain for a project, but that could generate backlash. The printing plant was built in 2006 but was last used by the Star in 2020 and is currently owned by the Privitera family, who wanted to develop the site into a baseball stadium.
The Royals had originally planned to announce a rough site last September, but pushed the decision back indefinitely. The initial favorite was a site in the East Village among several undeveloped government buildings, and North Kansas City set up a site just across the river.
Last month, the Jackson County Legislature approved a measure to put a ballot initiative before voters in April asking them to extend for 40 years the current 3/8 sales tax that funds renovations to the Truman Sports Complex. The money would be used to renovate Arrowhead Stadium and help fund a new downtown baseball stadium for the Royals. The Royals reached a non-binding agreement with the county to cover stadium insurance costs and cost overruns. The total cost of the stadium would be $1 billion, with the sales tax generating about $350 million, and the teams are counting on funding from the state of Missouri. The Royals would privately finance the additional $1 billion cost of the entertainment district.
The Royals are expected to share more details about the project tomorrow afternoon, including “renderings, economics and progress toward a lease and community benefits agreement.” They previously indicated they hoped a new stadium would be ready by 2028.
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