KC manager disappointed with slow talks on Royals stadium

Kansas City, Mo. – Kansas City is forced to play the waiting game for new development, including the future of a possible downtown stadium for the Kansas City Royals.

That’s what Kansas City Manager Brian Platt said Thursday. He told FOX4 he hasn’t heard directly from Royals ownership about the proposed ballpark development.

“A development deal like this, it could be a billion dollars,” said Platt.

Platt said he and his staff are doing everything they can to keep the process going, as interest grows in the Royals’ potential move downtown and away from Kauffman Stadium.

On Thursday, Platt said he was disappointed that the Royals hadn’t communicated their vision or needs, or even which of the many proposed locations they wanted.

“The biggest frustration we feel is that we haven’t been given much information from the Royals directly. No one knows what the plan is. No one knows what the goal is,” Platt said.

To speed up the effort, Platt hopes to hire Doug Bach, a former Wyandotte County administrator, to work as a consultant or liaison between the baseball club and the city. Platt believes Bach’s experience helping build Children’s Mercy Park, home of Sporting Kansas City, made him a valuable friend.

City council members complained they learned of Bach’s intention to hire via email late at night. Platt explained that there was no intent to deceive, and that he was working late hours. Hence, overnight email.

However, while the city waits, according to Platt, other projects are on hold.

“We have a large area that hasn’t been developed while we’re waiting to hear about a stadium,” Platt added.

FOX4 contacted the Royals about Platt’s disappointment, and Royals Chief Operating Officer Brooks Sherman released this statement:

“We indicated early on that we would conduct a diligent, deliberate and transparent process, and we did. We have had several updates with Mayor Lucas and Jackson County Executive Frank White and will continue to do so. As promised, transparency will continue to be the guide us.

Tony Tocco, a longtime Rockhurst University business professor at the Helzberg School of Management, pointed to St.

“Think about what it will do. Hotels will open. Restaurants will open and all the byproducts will benefit from that. Everyone will benefit from that situation,” said Tocco.

Tocco also pointed out the reciprocal effect the Royals could have moving downtown, with the east end of the city likely to lose a team.

As for the Royals ownership group, Platt said there is no deadline for their input, but he hopes to get the ball rolling quickly.

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