Kansas City, Mo.: The Kansas City Chiefs plan to begin discussions on the future of Arrowhead Stadium within the next year after the neighboring Royals announced plans to move to a new downtown ballpark earlier this year.
Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt said during his annual midseason availability Thursday that Royals owner John Sherman had called him to discuss plans for the baseball team. Kaufman Stadium sits right across the parking lot opposite Arrowhead Stadium at the Truman Sports Complex, which is surrounded by spacious parking lots outside Kansas City.
Hunt said, “Obviously we’ve been here with the Royals for almost 50 years, so their decision will have an impact on us on their long-term future. We’re going to see them go through this process and at some point in the next year or so,” Hunt said. Will start thinking about what will happen next for the Chiefs from a stadium point of view.
Both the Chiefs and Royals renovated their stadiums nearly a decade ago, when Jackson County voters narrowly approved a three-eighths percent tax increase that would last 25 years. Both teams agreed to extend their leases at that time, meaning they would expire in 2031, and stadium construction projects typically take at least five years to plan and finance.
Renovations to Arrowhead Stadium included expansion of the concourse, new restrooms and new press boxes and luxury seating, which Hunt said when completed was one of the finest stadiums in the league.
But over the past two years, AFC West-rivals Raiders and Chargers have opened spectacular new stadiums. And while Chiefs fans love the raucous atmosphere of Arrowhead Stadium, which opened 50 years ago next August and the sprawling parking lots make for some of the best tailgating in the NFL, the reality is that the facility already appears to be outdated. . ,
“Things change over time in terms of the way fans want to consume the game and the kind of spaces you need,” Hunt said. We now have beautiful new stadiums in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, and things will happen when we reach the end of our lease in nine or so years that we’ll want to include the stadiums.
The royals have gained momentum in recent years to relocate downtown, where Kansas City has been in the midst of dramatic urban renewal. Not only would this put their stadium closer to restaurants and bars, neither of which are in the Truman Sports Complex, it would allow more fans to attend games using public transportation.
Those ideas don’t really extend to the head, where part of the allure of Arrowhead Stadium is the tail. And if the Royals were to relocate, Hunt said larger companies could build premises to provide additional fan facilities.
One of the great things about the sports complex is how big it is and it has created an opportunity for our fans to have an immersive tailgate experience before the games every week, he said, “so to create something like this we Lucky you – experience already. Obviously if the Royals weren’t playing at the sports complex it would have opened up more space and maybe allowed us to do some more programming that we haven’t done in the past.
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