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Who benefits from a downtown baseball stadium in Kansas City?

A potential downtown baseball stadium would be an economic boon, possibly creating 20 thousand jobs, according to Kansas City Royals owner John Sherman. An advocacy group wants to make sure workers’ voices are a part of that conversation.

The development of a new downtown ballpark for the Kansas City Royals has a lot of people excited — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas says he expects it could come become reality sooner rather than later. But while the project could create thousands of jobs, some workers worry they could end up being underpaid and overworked.

Stand Up KC is a coalition of fast food, retail and low-wage workers who want the stadium to bring good wages, job security and affordable housing. KCUR’s Reginald David spoke to two members of the group, Bill Thompson and Terrance Wise. They told him what they hope to see from a downtown baseball stadium.

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