Building momentum on the KC Royals for the city stadium

Kansas City, Mo – As the Kansas City Royals make a staffing pivot by firing President Dayton Moore, the team’s ownership is also exposing increased momentum in the stadium change.

In announcing Moore’s departure, team majority owner John Sherman took a dig at baseball’s problems that brought the Royals to town.

This discussion is becoming more real day by day.

Just this week, the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce was in Detroit for a leadership conference. While there, a vice president and chief legal counsel for the Royals moderated a panel about the impact of urban sports.

Sherman appeared excited to join the stadium discussion Wednesday during his media availability in Moore. Envisioning a move away from the Truman Sports Complex, said the team has been in talks with Kansas City Chiefs and Jackson County.

“If you can dream a little – and I’ve seen some people who do this – you have to do more than dream. There’s a lot of work to be done here to finance this and build support for it,” said Sherman.

In the financing part, the discussion is still dark.

City leaders, including Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, have expressed their own concerns, noting discussions between the Royals and the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

“It’s talking about city baseball. I’m not building it. But I’ll tell you all while these people can still listen to me. There’s a lot of discussion about ‘Is the city going to defend itself?'” Lucas said Monday.

“If you’re an urban actor who’s afraid that people are going to make plans outside of your perspective that one day will be handed to you, it could be one of those things. That’s why we’re concerned.”

Just last week City Manager Brian Platt expressed concern about the lack of transparency from the Royals. The Royals owner had this to say:

“I don’t understand why he said that because we have been transparent and communicative with the mayor’s office. In fact, I think I have a calendar now with the mayor,” said Sherman.

“You know, the city manager seems to have been involved with the contract that he’s trying to get a consultant on. I think the good news is that I know they want to work on this and they want to help make it happen.

What about the timeline? The Royals’ lease at the Truman Sports Complex runs through 2031, but ownership sees synergies with the upcoming World Cup as well as construction of a new stadium for the KC Current. So it’s possible they could see an accelerated timeline.

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