Leaders give insight on KC Royals push for new stadium

Kansas City, Mo – Jackson County Legislator Scott Burnett met with Kansas City Royals Chairman and CEO John Sherman this past spring for about an hour.

The conversation was mostly about charity work, but a city baseball stadium came up.

“It was pretty clear to me without him saying right away that he wanted a hometown team,” Burnett said in an interview with FOX4 Friday. “The plumbing isn’t good at Royals Stadium. There’s no hot water most of the time, so it feels like he wants to move.

That was the last time Burnett talked to Sherman about what the team wanted.

“Right now I don’t know if anyone talked to Frank White, and I don’t think anyone talked to my eight colleagues,” Burnett continued.

The legislature will change until January. Burnett is not running again, but Jackson County Executive Frank White, who did not comment Friday, is running for re-election against current House member Theresa Cass Galvin.

Galvin has not had a conversation with Sherman about the team moving away from the Jackson County Sports Complex, but at the same time, he said he is not frustrated by it.

“But I think if they want to have a conversation, they should include the entire legislature quite honestly,” said Galvin in an interview with FOX4 Friday.

“It should be an open conversation with all of us if they’re serious about doing this. I know that at one point, they’re looking to put the question on the ballot in November. But still the conversation with all of us has never been, and I think it’s important for them to talk and the current county legislature and executive, no matter who it is.

Burnett said the November election may be part of the reason the Royals haven’t talked to most county leaders.

“It’s obviously going to be key if Frank is defeated,” he said. “He’s Frank White. I don’t think he will be, but I don’t think we’ll see anything happen until November 8th.

FOX4 reached out to the Royals for comment:

“Our exploratory phase continues with regular conversations with stakeholders, including the Missouri legislature, Frank White, the mayor’s office and many others as transparency continues to be our guiding principle,” a Royals spokesman said Friday.

The leases for the Royals and Chiefs expire in January 2031, or after the 2030 season for the Royals.

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