KC Royals owner John Sherman pens letter to fans, Kansas City on new baseball park


>> FIRST, BREAKING NEWS AT 6:00. THE ROYALS ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH PLANS FOR A DOWNTOWN BALL PARK. >> ROYALS CHAIRMAN AND CEO JOHN SHERMAN JUST TWEETED OUT THE ANNOUNCEMENT. KMBC 9’S LEN JENNINGS STARTS OUR TEAM COVERAGE TONIGHT. >> IN AN OPEN LETTER TO FANS, JOHN SHERMAN SAYS THEY HAVE NARROWED THEIR LIST OF LOCATIONS TO DOWNTOWN KANSAS CITY AND CLOSE TO IT. DETAILS ON THOSE LOCATIONS WILL BE RELEASED. THE CURRENT LEASE AT THE TRUMAN SPORTS COMPLEX FOR KAUFFMAN STADIUM, COMES TO AN END AT THE END OF THIS DECADE. IN THE LETTER, SHERMAN TELLS FANS THAT THE COST OF RENOVATING KAUFFMAN STADIUM WOULD MOST LIKELY COST AS MUCH OR MORE THAN BUILDING A BRAND NEW STADIUM. THE COST FOR A NEW STADIUM WOULD COST ABOUT $2 BILLION. SHERMAN SAYS TI COULD CREATE 20,000 JOBS. HE SAYS JACKSON COUNTY TAX PAYERS WILL NOT BE ASKED TO PAY ANY MORE THAN YOU ALREADY ARE. HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE RENDERINGS THAT WERE RELEASED WITH THE LETTER, TO GIVE FANS AN IDEA OF WHAT A NEW STADIUM WOULD LOOK LIKE IN A DOWNTOWN SETTING. SHERMAN SAYS HE IS LOOKING FORWARD TO INPUT FROM FANS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE AS THIS PROCESS MOVES FORWARD. AS FAR AS WHEN THIS IS GOING TO HAPPEN, THAT IS UNCLEAR AT THIS TIME. >> KMBC 9’S JACKSON KURTZ IS LIVE DOWNTOWN TONIGHT TO CONTINUE OUR TEAM COVERAGE. >> JACKSON, YOU JUST TALKED TO KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI’S MAYOR, QUINTON LUCAS. >> I AM JOINED BY THE MAYOR, THANKS FOR BEING WITH US. WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT BY THE ROYALS AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR KANSAS CITY? >> WHAT I THINK IT MEANS IS THE NEXT PHASE OF THE CONVERSATION, WE KNOW THEY ARE INTERESTED IN A DOWNTOWN BALLPARK, I DO NOT OPPOSE THAT ANY A LOT OF PEOPLE DON’T, OUR QUESTION IS WHO PAYS FOR IT? JACKSON COUNTY MAY BE A PART OF IT THAT THE LONG-TERM QUESTION IS LOCAL DOLLARS, STATE DOLLARS AND THAT’S WHERE WE NEED A LUMBER DISCUSSION. >> WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE THE STADIUM BE BUILT? >> ANYTHING THAT HELPS US BRIDGE THE DIVIDE — DIVIDE WHETHER IT’S ON THE EAST SIDE OR A DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, PLUS A WHOLE LOT OF OTHER ACTIVITY, THAT IS THE SORT OF THING THAT WORKS. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT EAST OF CITY HALL, THOSE ARE THE SORTS OF DISCUSSIONS I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE GOING FORWARD TO MAKE SURE IT TRULY IS EQUITABLE AND IMPACTS THE CITY LONG TERM. >> LOTS OF DISCUSSIONS TO BE HAD AS TO HOW THIS HELPS THE ECONOMY, YOU PLAN TO MEET WITH THE ROYALS? >> WE WILL CONTINUE TO MEET WITH THEM, THIS IS NOT THE END. THIS IS THE BEGINNING AND THE OTHER BIG FACTOR, WE HAVE TO MAKE SURE THE CHIEFS STAY IN KANSAS CITY. WHAT TYPE OF DEAL ARE THEY LOOKING FOR AND I HOPE THEY KEEP PLAYING AT THE TRUMAN COMPLEX FOR YEARS, BUT TWO STADIUMS GETTING REBUILT AT THE SAME TIME, BILLIONS OF DOLLARS? I DON’T KNOW IF WE HAVE ALL THAT MONEY SO THERE WILL BE CHOICES. >> THANK YOU SO MUCH MAYOR. BACK TO YOU GUYS. >> NEWSCHOPPER 9 HAS GIVEN US SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE STADIUM OVER THE YEARS, THIS STADIUM OPEN AS ROYALS STADIUM ON APRIL 10 IN 1970 THRE

Royals owner John Sherman pens letter to fans, Kansas City on new baseball park

Sherman says locations are downtown and close to it

Royals owner John Sherman posted an open letter Tuesday to Royals fans and the Kansas City community regarding a new ballpark district.”We are excited to now share that we have several leading locations under close consideration, both in downtown Kansas City and close to it,” Sherman said in the letter.He said a new home would be a far better investment, both for taxpayer dollars already supporting our facility, and for the Kansas City Community.Sherman said there would a mix of public and private investment to pay for the new ballpark district, which is expected to cost $2 billion.He said the construction project could create 20,000 jobs, $1.4 billion in labor income and an estimated $2.8 billion in economic output.”We look forward to seeking input from the public over the coming months about our vision to best serve our residents and build on the momentum our city is experiencing.””So I can’t say that we’re surprised. We know the Royals have been talking about a downtown stadium for a while. I think the price tag is something that people will say, ‘Wow’ to. Looking at a $2 billion estimate in terms of what the whole area looks like, with the development, is something that certainly needs to be discussed,” said Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas at a news conference Tuesday evening. “I notice in the letter they also talk about cooperation of state and local and federal partners. I know that we already anticipate perhaps the ask being a Jackson County sales tax extension, and I think that’s something that a lot of people might be comfortable with. I think that what we really want to know about is what type of commitment is being asked from the city of Kansas City, from the state of Missouri, and I look forward to extensive conversations relating to that.”The mayor said it was clear from the letter that the Royals would remain in Kansas City, Missouri.As far as possible locations for the stadium, the mayor said it could be located perhaps adjacent to the 18th and Vine District, the Crossroads area, possibly the east side of downtown and maybe the north side of downtown. “The Royals will be somewhere, I’m predicting, between the river, north of 31st Street, let’s be even clearer, probably north of the train tracks that are about 22nd Street, and the probably somewhere between the state line and Woodland,” Lucas said.

Royals owner John Sherman posted an open letter Tuesday to Royals fans and the Kansas City community regarding a new ballpark district.

“We are excited to now share that we have several leading locations under close consideration, both in downtown Kansas City and close to it,” Sherman said in the letter.

He said a new home would be a far better investment, both for taxpayer dollars already supporting our facility, and for the Kansas City Community.

Sherman said there would a mix of public and private investment to pay for the new ballpark district, which is expected to cost $2 billion.

He said the construction project could create 20,000 jobs, $1.4 billion in labor income and an estimated $2.8 billion in economic output.

“We look forward to seeking input from the public over the coming months about our vision to best serve our residents and build on the momentum our city is experiencing.”

“So I can’t say that we’re surprised. We know the Royals have been talking about a downtown stadium for a while. I think the price tag is something that people will say, ‘Wow’ to. Looking at a $2 billion estimate in terms of what the whole area looks like, with the development, is something that certainly needs to be discussed,” said Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas at a news conference Tuesday evening. “I notice in the letter they also talk about cooperation of state and local and federal partners. I know that we already anticipate perhaps the ask being a Jackson County sales tax extension, and I think that’s something that a lot of people might be comfortable with. I think that what we really want to know about is what type of commitment is being asked from the city of Kansas City, from the state of Missouri, and I look forward to extensive conversations relating to that.”

The mayor said it was clear from the letter that the Royals would remain in Kansas City, Missouri.

As far as possible locations for the stadium, the mayor said it could be located perhaps adjacent to the 18th and Vine District, the Crossroads area, possibly the east side of downtown and maybe the north side of downtown.

“The Royals will be somewhere, I’m predicting, between the river, north of 31st Street, let’s be even clearer, probably north of the train tracks that are about 22nd Street, and the probably somewhere between the state line and Woodland,” Lucas said.



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