This is why I like the idea of going a little further out and stick it in Paseo West, right along US 71.UrbanKC wrote: ↑Wed Sep 18, 2019 11:50 amWhen talking about locations downtown if the city decides the best decision is to move them there. Then the East Village seems to make the most sense to me. Considering a stadium on the smaller side, such as Target Field; it could easily fit just northeast of the Fed Building. That location, 19th and Oak & the Riverfront seem to be the only locations that make sense.
The problem that I see with a downtown stadium is that sports facilities are almost purely "commuter" oriented. Meaning that the majority of attendees would be driving in; especially since our mass transit system isn't put to par. Sprint Center was one thing, but a baseball stadium would bring at least twice the amount of people; and therefore twice the amount of cars. Baseball games can also be both during the working hours and in the afternoon/evening hour. So Downtown would have to be able to absorb that amount of cars while also supporting the 100k+ workers parking downtown.
The question should then be: Do we want 10-12 acres of our city core eaten up by a stadium, with more acreage eaten up by additional parking garages?
Are the economic benefits and "tourist" benefits enough to outweigh the drawbacks of having a giant chunk of downtown taken up by a stadium megablock and even more parking garages? Just food for thought...
It will be highly accessible by bus, we already want to lay track down Indep Ave or 12th St someday, it would have outstanding access via freeway without people needing to head into the loop and it wouldn't take a prime downtown spot away from anything else while kickstarting development towards the east sides.
An 18th/Vine spot would be similar
It wouldn't have a great seat view of downtown but I could see doing some suites that have a front-back view so you can see downtown on one side and the game on the other as well as a beer garden and the like on the west side.