Change is coming to Kansas City.

After 50 years of playing at the famous Kauffman Stadium, the Kansas City Royals have announced their intention to move to a new stadium.

In an open letterPrincipal owner John Sherman updated fans on the team’s ongoing search in Kansas City.

“We are excited to share that we now have several leading locations under consideration, both in downtown Kansas City and nearby.”

Sherman floated the idea of ​​renovating Kauffman Stadium, but the ballpark would need an extensive facelift that would cost more than building a new ballpark.

Kauffman Stadium is the sixth oldest in MLB and was last renovated in 2009.

An artist rendering of the new stadium surrounded by the ballpark circuit.
An artist rendering of the new stadium surrounded by the ballpark circuit.
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The new project is estimated to cost $2 billion, making it the most expensive private and public development project in the city’s history. Sherman added that the new work will not increase taxes for Jackson County taxpayers and will generate $60 million in new tax revenue.

Along with the stadium itself, Sherman said a “ballpark district” will be created that will provide fans with a “refreshed” environment.

“We envision local restaurants and shops, office space, hotels and diverse residential opportunities for Kansas City residents of all walks of life,” Sherman said, adding that new public transportation options will be created for the area.

The idea of ​​surrounding a new stadium with a modern community isn’t new, but it’s grown in popularity in recent years with the Atlanta Braves’ Truist Park, the Texas Rangers’ Globe Life Field, and more. New NYCFC Stadium in Willets Point, Queens.

Artist’s renderings show the ballpark, with features taken from Kauffman Stadium overlapping the grandstand, the famous outdoor water fountain, and the crown on the scoreboard moved to left field. High altitudes can be seen on many grassy seats in the field.

The new stadium features an overhang and outfield water fountain similar to the one at Kauffman Stadium seen during afternoon games.
The new stadium The 2019 game will feature an overhead and outfield fountain similar to the one at Kauffman Stadium.
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According to the open letter, construction of the new stadium will create 200,000 new jobs, $1.4 billion in labor income and $2.8 billion in total economic impact.

Kauffman Stadium forms the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex from GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. The complex is about 8 miles southeast of Kansas City, and public transportation can take up to an hour to get to the stadium.

Owner John Sherman, who took over in 2019, has made it his goal to keep the Royals in Kansas City.
Owner John Sherman, who took over in 2019, has made it his goal to keep the Royals in Kansas City.
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Royals vs. Tampa Bay Rays vs Oakland Athletics Both have expressed interest in leaving their current aging ballpark.

The new ballpark and development district surrounding the stadium still has a long way to go before the Royals’ lease at Kauffman Stadium expires in 2030, including the location, design and approvals from Jackson County and the state of Missouri.

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