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Re: Would you like to see the Royals move to a downtown stadium?

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:24 am
by WSPanic
I'm as big a sports guy (not saying that word) as I know, and I vote for the convention center too.

If the ballpark would be 75+% private funding (LOL), I'll have less of an objection.

Re: Would you like to see the Royals move to a downtown stadium?

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 9:47 am
by KCDowntown
A ballpark downtown would bring 2 million people a year to the area (and not just people from the KC). IMO, It would be a huge missed opportunity if it went elsewhere.

KCDowntown

Re: Would you like to see the Royals move to a downtown stadium?

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:23 am
by brewcrew1000
Its amazing that ATT park and the new Warriors Arena are privately financed stadiums/arenas in one of the most expensive cities in the world. I'm sure SF paid for infrastructure improvements and gave them some of the land but any kind of privately financed stadium/arena in the Midwest will most definitely go in a suburban location so they can make money on the parking

Re: Would you like to see the Royals move to a downtown stadium?

Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:33 am
by alejandro46
I love Kauffman. It is one of the best ballparks in the MLB, and I have visited many others. Love Pittsburgh's stadium, it's the best downtown ballpark I think.

https://www.tripsavvy.com/photo-tour-of ... rk-4123554

Walkable to downtown across the ped friendly Clemente bridge (that is completely closed off to car traffic on game days I think), stunning views of dt Pittsburgh, unique overall design and execution as well as modern amenities. Seems to be a lot of parking from a quick google maps view that it shares with Heinz Field (NFL) in addition to a lot of bars and restaurants in the immediate vicinity. It also has good highway access.

How would the K fulfill any of these (personal) highlights that PNC checks off? Views would just depend on location it is built. However, many new bars and restaurants would need to be built at additional cost. At least some new parking would need to be constructed and the Royals would lose that parking revenue.

Why not building a "ballpark village" type facility in those giant concrete lots next to the stadium? Perhaps some other destination retail to draw crowds in the offtime? Would definitely be a bigger uplift to get that going than have a downtown type additional retail element. That would however, require additional real estate.

Longer term I do think if downtown connectivity is critical for TSC. BRT line eventually upgrading to a streetcar along Linwood/31st alignment would be nice. No real motivation from the Royals on that one bc they lose parking revenue. However, it would provide additional connectivity to a very blighted stretch of KC that has cheap real-estate and room for re-development and growth year around. Seems like a better investment than $600m+ on a new stadium.