Jackson County stadium measure fails, Chiefs and Royals suffer defeat

The Kansas City Chiefs and Royals stadium projects were the main focus of the Missouri general municipal election, with Jackson County Question 1 being the biggest ballot item. Unfortunately, voters rejected the measure, which would have imposed a 3/8th-cent sales tax to fund these projects. Polls closed on Tuesday at 7 p.m. local time, and without the increased sales tax, the funding for these stadium renovations and a new downtown ballpark for the Royals may be in jeopardy.

Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals play, is the sixth oldest active MLB stadium, having opened on April 10, 1973. GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Chiefs, is the third oldest active NFL stadium, with several renovations over the years. Both stadiums are important to their respective communities and teams’ success.

Chiefs stars Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce were part of an ad urging Jackson County voters to approve the sales tax measure. They expressed their support for these stadiums and their importance to Kansas City’s future. However, despite this support from high-profile athletes and team owners like Clark Hunt expressing confidence in its passage, Jackson County residents ultimately rejected it.

Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas acknowledged

By Samantha Johnson

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