Kansas begins campaign to attract Chiefs across state lines

The Chiefs are considering building a new stadium in Kansas, led by former Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. who is working with unnamed parties. This comes after a failed proposal to fund a renovation of Arrowhead Stadium through an extension of an existing sales tax. Ryckman believes that Kansas is in the best position to convince the Chiefs to make a short move across the state line.

In recent years, Kansas legalized sports betting and allocated 80 percent of the revenue to a new fund aimed at attracting professional sports teams to the state, which could reach $10 million by 2025. Additional measures may be considered to use taxpayer money to fund a new stadium. However, the challenge will be to devise a plan that does not require voter approval, as demonstrated by the lack of support for subsidizing sports team owners in recent ballot measures.

The Chiefs’ lease at Arrowhead Stadium expires after the 2030 season, adding urgency to the discussions about the team’s future in Kansas City. The possibility of the Chiefs relocating within the state is being explored as a potential solution to retaining the team in Kansas.

By Riley Johnson

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