KANSAS CITY, MO. As the Kansas City Royals make a personnel change after firing president Dayton Moore, the team’s owners are also showing growing momentum for a stadium change.
In announcing Moore’s departure, majority owner John Sherman delved into the issue of moving the Royals baseball club downtown.
These discussions are becoming more and more real every day.
Just this week, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce was in Detroit for a leadership conference. While there, the vice president and chief legal counsel for the royal family moderated a discussion about the impact of sports in the city center.
Sherman seemed happy to move into the stadium discussion Wednesday during his media presence at Moore. Anticipating a move away from the Truman Sports Complex, he said the team is already in talks with Kansas City and Jackson County leaders.
“If you can even dream a little – and I look at some people who do – you have to do more than dream. There’s a lot of work to be done here to fund it and build support for it,” Sherman said.
For this part of the funding, these discussions are still in the dark.
City leaders, including Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, expressed their own concerns, pointing to discussions between the royal family and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
“They talk about baseball downtown. I’m not building it up. But I will make a point for you all while these people can still hear me. There’s been a lot of discussion about why the city wants to defend itself in the first place,” Lucas said Monday.
“If you’re an urban actor who’s afraid that people are going to make plans outside of your perspective that will just be handed to you at some point, this can be one of those things. That’s why we’re worried.”
Just last week, City Manager Brian Platt expressed concern about the royal family’s lack of transparency. In response, the Royals owner said:
“I don’t really understand why he said that, because we’ve been very transparent and communicated with the mayor’s office. In fact, I think I have something on my calendar right now with the mayor,” Sherman said.
“You know, the city manager could be connected to the contract he was trying to sign with the consultant. I think the good news is that it’s clear to me that they want to work on it and they want to help make it happen. “
What about the chronology? The Royals lease Truman Sports Complex until 2031, but the owners see synergies with the upcoming World Series as well as building a new stadium for the KC Current. So it’s entirely possible that they’re looking at an accelerated timeline.
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