Kansas begins campaign to attract Chiefs across state lines

The possibility of the Kansas City Chiefs building a new stadium within the state is being explored as a potential solution to retaining the team in Kansas. Efforts are being made to persuade the Chiefs to make a short move across the state line, led by former Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr., who is working with unnamed parties. This comes after a failed proposal to fund a renovation of Arrowhead Stadium through an extension of an existing sales tax.

When Kansas legalized sports betting, 80 percent of the revenue was allocated to a new fund aimed at attracting professional sports teams to the state, which could reach $10 million by 2025. Additional measures may be considered to use taxpayer money to fund a new stadium. However, any plan will face challenges as demonstrated by the lack of support for subsidizing sports team owners in recent ballot measures.

The challenge will be to devise a plan that does not require voter approval, which could be difficult given that subsidizing sports team owners has been met with opposition in recent years. Nevertheless, there is urgency in these discussions as the Chiefs’ lease at Arrowhead Stadium expires after the 2030 season, and there is a need to find a solution before it’s too late.

By Samantha Johnson

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