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“Last Chance” to Renovate Arrowhead
Posted By ChiefsWarpath.com On March 1, 2006 @ 8:57 am In Latest News | Comments Disabled
[Kansas City.com] Voters should not count on getting another chance to overhaul Arrowhead Stadium, two Chiefs executives say.
If the April 4 election fails, the team would realistically need to seek a new stadium, they add.
And, one of them says, that could be either here or elsewhere.
In fact, senior executives for both the Chiefs and the Royals say the teams would reject calling another election this year even to fund bare-bones improvements at Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums, an approach some opponents have advocated.
That means Jackson County would not be able to do the repairs needed under the current leases, which would go into default next year, allowing the teams to consider other options, including relocating.
“This is the last chance for voters to vote on the renovation of Arrowhead Stadium,” Jack Steadman, Chiefs vice chairman, told The Kansas City Star, adding that he is confident it will pass. “And if this doesn’t pass, then the Chiefs are going to be looking for a new stadium.”
He said the first priority would be the Kansas City area, but left open the possibility of the Chiefs moving outside the area.
“If this doesn’t pass, the Truman Sports Complex, as we know it, will be gone in several years,” Steadman said.
Craig Davis, one of the most vocal and visible opponents of the April election, called team officials arrogant for rejecting a proposal to approve a quarter-cent sales tax for four years to raise the funds needed to fulfill the terms of the 1990 leases. Davis said the teams are not entitled to more and are attempting to bully voters.
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