Building a new stadium is going to cost quite a bit of money. Taxpayers could be funding a chunk of it.
This is no secret, but building stadiums involves a ton of money. Regardless of the sport, facilities are going to cost a pretty penny. Heck, the recent Truman Sports Complex renovations came with a price tag of $625 million. It remains to be seen how much the construction of a new stadium, parking garages, etc. would cost but nevertheless, someone’s got to pay for it.
Most people don’t have a problem with their tax dollars going towards things such as schools, improved road construction, and the like. A huge part of the Jackson County population may have a bone to pick with the fact that their funds are being spent on a new baseball complex. There are several more pressing matters that could benefit from additional funding.
You probably already know this, but John Sherman has a lot of money. To people with that level of wealth, the cost of a downtown move is small given the opportunity to make a tremendous profit. Additionally, many have alluded to the potential for Kansas City to be put on the map as one of America’s up-and-coming towns if it had a downtown stadium.
Would the local economy benefit enough from this? What percentage of taxpayers would be on board with helping contribute to the cause? How about local business owners — is the chance for increased customer flow worth the process to get it? There are a lot of issues to iron out.