Kansas begins campaign to attract Chiefs over state line

The Chiefs’ Future Home: A Look at Kansas City’s Stadium Dilemma

In recent years, efforts have been made to convince the Kansas City Chiefs to stay in town by building a new stadium. Former Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. is reportedly working with interested parties to make this happen. This comes after a failed proposal to renovate Arrowhead Stadium with an extension of an existing sales tax.

The Chiefs’ lease at Arrowhead Stadium expires after the 2030 season, adding urgency to the discussions about building a new stadium. The possibility of staying close by in Kansas is being considered, potentially avoiding a major move for the team.

When Kansas legalized sports betting, a new fund was created to attract professional sports teams to the state, with 80% of the revenue earmarked for this purpose. This fund is expected to reach $10 million by 2025. Other measures, such as using taxpayer money, could also be explored to fund a new stadium. However, it is crucial to come up with a plan that does not require voter approval as recent events have shown a lack of public support for subsidizing sports team owners.

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