New Stadium Possibility for the Kansas City Chiefs: Exploring Alternative Funding Sources and a Move Away from Public Subsidies

Kansas begins campaign to attract Chiefs over state line

A new stadium in Kansas City for the Kansas City Chiefs is being considered by former Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. and interested parties, following 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 discussions about building a new stadium.

Recent events have shown a lack of public support for subsidizing sports team owners, which makes it crucial to come up with a plan that does not require voter approval. To this end, other measures, such as using taxpayer money, could be explored to fund a new stadium. With the creation of a fund to attract professional sports teams to the state following the legalization of sports betting in Kansas, there is an expectation that this fund will reach $10 million by 2025. This presents an opportunity for a move towards a new stadium for the Chiefs in Kansas City.

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