April 22, 2024 12:42 am
Jackson County stadium measure fails, Chiefs and Royals suffer defeat

Kansas City Chiefs and Royals stadium projects were in jeopardy as voters rejected Jackson County Question 1, which would have imposed a 3/8th-cent sales tax for the funding of new downtown ballpark for the Royals and renovations to GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs. The polls closed on Tuesday at 7 p.m. local time, and despite the setback, there is optimism for a collaborative approach moving forward to address the stadium funding issue in Kansas City.

GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Chiefs, is the third oldest active NFL stadium, having opened on Aug. 12, 1972, with several renovations over the years. Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals play, is the sixth oldest active MLB stadium, and its first game was on April 10, 1973. Chiefs stars Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce were part of an ad urging Jackson County voters to approve the sales tax measure, expressing their importance to the community.

Despite owner Clark Hunt’s confidence in passing this measure and Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas acknowledging strong fan bases for both teams, ultimately it was not enough as residents voted against it. However there is a commitment from all parties involved to work together to find another solution that will keep these beloved sports teams in Kansas City for future generations.

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