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

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>> FIRST, BREAKING NEWS AT 6:00 AM. THE ROYALS ARE MOVING FORWARD WITH PLANS FOR A DOWNTOWN BALL PARK. >> ROYAL CHAIRMAN AND CEO JOHN SHERMAN JUST TWEET THE ANNOUNCEMENT. LEN JENNINGS OF KMBC 9 STARTS OUR TEAM COVERAGE TONIGHT. >> IN AN OPEN LETTER TO FANS, JOHN SHERMAN SAYS THAT THEY NEEDED THEIR LIST OF LOCATIONS TO CENTER OF KANSAS CITY AND CLOSE TO IT. DETAILS ABOUT THOSE LOCATIONS WILL BE RELEASED. THE CURRENT RENTAL OF THE TRUMAN SPORTS COMPLEX FOR KAUFFMAN STADIUM EXPIRES AT THE END OF THIS DECADE. IN THE LETTER, SHERMAN TELLS FANS THAT THE COST OF RENOVATION OF THE KAUFFMAN STADIUM WILL LIKELY COST AS MUCH OR MORE THAN BUILDING A BRAND NEW STADIUM. THE COST OF A NEW STADIUM IS APPROXIMATELY $2 BILLION. SHERMAN SAYS TI CAN CREATE 20,000 JOBS. HE SAYS JACKSON COUNTY TAXPAYERS WILL NOT BE ASKED MORE THAN YOU ALREADY ARE. HERE’S A LOOK AT SOME OF THE RENDERINGS RELEASED WITH THE LETTER TO GIVE FANS AN IDEA OF WHAT A NEW STADIUM WOULD LOOK LIKE IN A CENTER. SHERMAN SAYS HE LOOKS FOR INPUT FROM FANS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE AS THIS PROCESS MOVES FORWARD. WHEN THIS WILL HAPPEN, IT IS CURRENTLY UNCLEAR. >> KMBC 9’S JACKSON KURTZ IS LIVE TONIGHT IN THE DOWNTOWN TO CONTINUE OUR TEAM COVERAGE. >> JACKSON, YOU JUST TALKED TO KANSAS CITY, THE MAYOR OF MISSOURI, QUINTON LUCAS. >> JOINING THE MAYOR, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. WHAT DID YOU MAKE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE ROYALS AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR KANSAS CITY? >> WHAT I THINK IT MEANS IS THE NEXT STAGE OF THE TALK, WE KNOW THEY ARE INTERESTED IN A DOWNTOWN BALLPARK. JACKSON COUNTY MAY BE PART OF THE LONG TERM DEMAND IS LOCAL DOLLARS, STATE DOLLARS AND THAT’S WHERE WE NEED A WOOD DISCUSSION. >> WHERE DO YOU WANT TO SEE THE STADIUM BUILT? >> ANYTHING THAT HELPS US BRIDGE THE CLASS — DISTRIBUTION WHETHER IT’S ON THE EAST SIDE OR A DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, PLUS A LOT OF OTHER ACTIVITIES, THAT’S THE KIND THAT WORKS. WE HAVE TALKED ABOUT EAST CITY HALL THAT ARE THE TYPES OF DISCUSSIONS I WANT TO HAVE TO MAKE SURE IT IS REALLY FAIR AND INFLUENCE THE CITY LONG TERM. >> THERE ARE MANY DISCUSSIONS TO HAVE ABOUT HOW THIS HELPS THE ECONOMY. ARE YOU PLANNING TO MEET THE ROYALS? >> WE WILL CONTINUE TO MEET THEM, THIS IS NOT THE END. THIS IS THE BEGINNING AND THE OTHER BIG FACTOR WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THE CHIEFS STAY IN KANSAS CITY. WHAT KIND OF AGREEMENT ARE THEY INTO AND I HOPE THEY KEEP PLAYING AT THE TRUMAN COMPLEX FOR YEARS BUT WILL TWO STADIUMS BE 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 MAYOR. BACK TO YOU. >> NEWSCHOPPER 9 HAS GIVED US SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE STADIUM THROUGH THE YEARS, THIS STADIUM OPENED AS ROYALS STADIUM ON APRIL 10TH IN 1970 THRE

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

Sherman says the locations are downtown and close by

Royals owner John Sherman posted an open letter to Royals fans and the Kansas City community on Tuesday about a new ballpark district. Sherman said in the letter. He said a new home would be a much better investment, both for taxpayers’ money already supporting our facility and for the Kansas City Community. Sherman said there would be a mix of public and private investment to 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. to best serve our residents and build on the momentum our city is experiencing.” a while. I think the price tag is something people will say “wow” to. Looking at a $2 billion estimate in terms of what the whole area looks like, with development, is something that definitely needs to be discussed,” Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said at a news conference Tuesday night. “I note in the letter that she also talks about collaboration from state and local and federal partners. I know we might already expect the question to be a sales tax extension in Jackson County, and I think that’s something that a lot of people are comfortable with. I think what we really want to know is what kind of commitment is required from the city of Kansas City, from the state of Missouri, and I look forward to extensive conversations on that. the letter that the Royals would remain in Kansas City, Missouri. As far as possible locations for the stadium, the mayor said it might be next 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 predict, between the river, north of 31st Street, let’s be even clearer, probably north of the train tracks which are about 22nd Street, and probably somewhere between the state line and Woodland,” Lucas said .

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

“We are pleased to now share that we have been closely considering several leading locations both in downtown Kansas City and nearby,” Sherman said in the letter.

He said a new home would be a much better investment, both for the taxpayer money that supports all of our facility and for the Kansas City Community.

Sherman said there would be a mix of public and private investment to pay for the new ballpark, 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 on our vision to best serve our residents and build on the momentum our city is experiencing.”

“So I can’t say we’re surprised. We know the Royals have been talking about a downtown stadium for a while. I think the price tag is something people will say ‘wow’ to. Looking at a $2 billion estimate of what the whole area looks like, with the development, is something that definitely needs to be discussed,” Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said at a news conference Tuesday evening. “I notice in the letter that they also talk about collaboration between state and local and federal partners. I know we’re already anticipating the question as a sales tax extension in Jackson County, and I think that’s something that a lot of people are comfortable with. I think what we really want to know is what kind of commitment is required from the City of Kansas City, from the State of Missouri, and I look forward to extensive conversations on 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 might be next 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 predict, between the river, north of 31st Street, let’s be more clear, probably north of the train tracks which are about 22nd Street, and probably somewhere between the state line and Woodland.” Luke said.

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