Jackson County stadium measure voted down, Chiefs and Royals suffer defeat

Voters Reject Proposed Sales Tax for Stadium Renovations in Jackson County, Missouri

The sales tax for stadium projects in Jackson County was the most significant ballot item in the Missouri general municipal election. Despite efforts to pass it, voters ultimately rejected the proposal, which would have resulted in a 3/8th-cent sales tax increase to fund stadium renovations and new construction for the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals.

The Chiefs’ home stadium, GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, has been an active NFL stadium since its opening in 1972. Over the years, it has undergone several renovations. Meanwhile, Kauffman Stadium is the sixth oldest active MLB stadium, with its first game held in 1973.

Notable players Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce featured in an advertisement encouraging voters to approve the measure. Although Chiefs owner Clark Hunt expected victory, voters ultimately voted against it. However, Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas expressed optimism about future collaborations with the teams to ensure their presence in Kansas City for decades to come.

Before the election, polling from Remington Research Group showed a close split among respondents, with 47% voting in favor of the sales tax and 46% against it. The outcome of this vote will determine how stadium projects move forward for both sports teams and their commitments to the city.

In summary, despite strong support from notable players and owners, Jackson County voters rejected a proposed sales tax increase that would have funded stadium renovations for two of Kansas City’s major sports teams. The outcome of this vote will shape how these teams move forward with their projects and their commitment to staying in Kansas City for generations to come.

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