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New Royals ballpark to be located in Crossroads District, near site of former newspaper printing plant

Royals to officially announce site on Tuesday
Former Kansas City Star printing plant
Posted at 7:16 PM, Feb 12, 2024

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The site of the new Kansas City Royals downtown stadium and entertainment district will be located in the Crossroads District and site of the former Kansas City Star printing press, sources told KSHB 41's Kevin Holmes.

It's located near McGee Street and E 16th Street, though further details of the proposal weren't immediately available Monday night.

The Royals will officially announce the site on Tuesday during a press conference.

Team representatives and Kansas City area community leaders will share details on renderings, economic data and a community benefits agreement, among other topics.

The announcement comes less than a month after back-and-forth negotiations between the team and members of the Jackson County Legislature.

Both the Royals and Chiefs committed to staying in Jackson County if a 3/8-cent sales tax, which has been in effect since 2006, was extended by voters.

Members from the Legislature passed an ordinance placing the question on an April ballot, but County Executive Frank White vetoed it.

In doing so, White questioned the teams' "commitments and contributions to the county."

White's veto was overridden by the legislature just days later on Jan. 24, but not before legislators demanded the teams sign term sheets that outlined a lease agreement.

Below are leaders who will join the press conference at the Hall of Fame Suites at Kauffman Stadium at 2:30 p.m.

  • John Sherman, Royals chairman and CEO
  • Brooks Sherman, Royals president of business operations
  • Sarah Tourville, Royals executive vice president and chief commercial and community impact officer
  • Earl Santee, global chair and founder of Populous Senior Principal
  • Bridgette Williams, CEO of the Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City
  • Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of Kansas City Sports Commission
  • Bob Kendrick, president of Negro Leagues Baseball Museum