Also looming in the future: a new football stadium in the city center.
Sherman, who bought the Royals at the end of 2019, announced his intention to explore options for a downtown stadium last year. This week, he said, those intentions have not changed.
“We continue to work on a process around a new stadium,” Sherman said. “Like the Chiefs, we did an engineering study here to tell us what it would be like to renovate here and upgrade the stadium versus moving. But we are working hard on it. And that’s part of the big picture process.”
Speaking about the new stadium, Sherman mentioned how it would be an ideal addition to Kansas City’s busy schedule over the next two years, including the opening of the new terminal at Kansas City International Airport, the construction of a new stadium for the existing Kansas City women’s soccer team along the Riverfront, and a project The NFL and the FIFA World Cup are coming to Kansas City in the near future.
The Royals’ current lease at the Truman Sports Complex, which is about 20 minutes outside downtown, doesn’t expire until 2031. But Sherman’s mention of the big events surrounding Kansas City suggests he wants the royals to be a part of all those festivities in the The coming years – and let’s talk downtown.
Things have to move very quickly for that to happen, but Sherman suggested that was his intention.
“If you can dream a little — and I look at some of the people working on this, you have to do more than dream; there is a lot of work to be done here to fund this and build support for this,” Sherman said. What’s downtown or near downtown and the chiefs have done something special here, these are the kind of motivational events that can really change the area. I think about it from that perspective.”
The new station at MCI is scheduled to open in the spring of 2023, and the NFL Draft will come to Kansas City in April of next year. The current plan is to open their stadium for the Women’s National Football League 2024 season, and the World Cup games will be held in Kansas City during the summer of 2026.
“When I think of the stadium, it’s really more than just a stadium,” Sherman said. “We’re talking about a football field district and everything that comes with it, everything that comes around it. Neighborhoods, jobs and more public transportation options. I really think about it in the larger context of Kansas City.”
“…we can play a big role. These perks are very important in society. I think in a city like this, more than that.”
Sherman specifically mentioned the World Cup as something Kansas City could build around it, drawing international attention to the 11 smallest US metro areas for hosting World Cup matches. Kansas City beat Phoenix, Denver, Orlando, Cincinnati, and Nashville, among other cities, for this opportunity.
“You talk about the World Cup, I think all the other winners are in the 14 largest metropolitan areas in the United States,” Sherman said. “We are 31. If you think about the World Cup and what we can do to improve it, Kansas City will gain more than anyone else from this World Cup and certainly more than in late June and July 2026.”