Kansas City, Mo.
The Royals haven’t said yet, but specific locations under consideration could include 11th and Holmes streets, near JE Dunn’s headquarters, in the so-called East Village.
The area near the Kansas City Star production building at 16th and Oak streets could also be an interesting site.
There is also talk of putting a stadium near the 18th and Vine entertainment district.
Some like the idea of seeing the city skyline from the outfield of our new stadium. That makes the loop north of the city, built across Interstate 70, another possible consideration.
Supporters of the idea say this is good news for the city of Kansas City, which hopes free public transit will help with parking problems.
“Public transit makes it so much easier to get to the stadium,” said Bill Dietrich, president and CEO of the City Council. “You think about the extension of the tram to UMKC, you will have open parking up along that line for people who can jump on the tram ride in a few blocks of one of the several sites they are looking at. Walk through the urban environment and experience the joy of restaurants and sports pubs and everything that happens in the city.
Dietrich said there are 67,000 parking spaces in downtown Kansas City. He said the City Council needs to do a better job of showing people where they are and how to use them.
The city of Kansas City continues to grow with 36,000 people now calling downtown.
If the city was its own city, Dietrich said it would be the 11th largest in the metro area.
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