Kansas City Royals want a new downtown stadium. Who's paying?
The owner of the Kansas City Royals says the team plans to abandon Kauffman Stadium and build a downtown "ballpark district." But experts say the payoffs aren't so clear, especially if taxpayers have to help foot the bill.
The idea of a Royals stadium in downtown Kansas City has been thrown around for years, but Royals owner John Sherman recently said his team is finally moving towards a downtown "ballpark district" that will include housing, shopping, hotels and restaurants. With a speculative price tag of $2 billion, do the pros outweigh the cons, and who will end up footing the bill? Up To Date's Steve Kraske spoke with Field of Schemes editor Neil DeMause and "Ballpark" author Paul Goldberger about the idea.
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