Thursday, October 13, 2005

Take Me Downtown to the Ball Game???

Most of you who read this are from Kansas City or have lived there for some portion of your life. So I ask for your opinion. The Kansas City Royals are considering moving their stadium to Downtown Kansas City. Is it a good idea? Will it bring life to the downtown district? Or is it just a bunch of humbojumbo? You deciede.

9 Comments:

At 10:58 PM, Blogger bombasticbeats said...

I thought they wanted to build a basketball arena downtown? Perhaps I am wrong about this. Either way it will have a profound effect on the downtown area. One interesting thing about it is that the downtown area in the past years has attracted many poorer folks because of it's low housing costs. It is feared that the building of these new stadiums will mean that some of this housing will have to be torn down and the people forced to relocate. I'm not sure that already many poorer people (artists included) are already having to move out of the area because of the revitalization movement and increasingly expensive real estate. In that case, the stadiums may not have as much negative effect. I would like it if K.C. had a basketball team, but I'm with you. I need to be more informed about the ramifications of the stadiums, not only on the downtown, but on Missouri tax payers as well.

 
At 9:55 AM, Blogger That one guy said...

In case anyone was looking for some examples of money that can be stripped from the budget to cut the defecit, the GOP is right there with you.

http://johnshadegg.house.gov/rsc/RSC_Budget_Options_2005.doc

 
At 3:31 PM, Blogger Shadow Crescent Knight said...

I think they need more stadiums for fat people to sit and eat BBQ in K.C. and get fatter and fatter, screw poor people more fat people stadiums.

 
At 11:35 PM, Blogger Bryan said...

Alright so here is my take. Now firstly I could care a rats left nut about baseball, but I feel from what I have heard that I am in favor of it. I mean currently the stadium's are out in the boonies and KC is so spread out already that it would be nice to have more centralization. Plus it would probably help the downtown area, which is usually so dead currently. So thats my opinion at face value. But without looking at it harder and seeing what the opprotunity costs would be, I can not give a definite answer. Cheers.

 
At 5:51 PM, Blogger Bryan said...

Oh Tom, Though I agreed with several of the spending cuts proposed in the link. Several of them made me yell at the neighbors. And to be honest many I think should recieve greater funding. Thats a really great resource though, how did you find it?

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger travis said...

I do not see any negatives. If you look at American baseball parks, they are usually surrounded with neighborhoods of alll back grounds, mostly poor. I do not think it will affect the poor, it may even benefit the poor because it will allow them to go to a baseball game that they could not before because of transportation reasons.
The best thing KC could do is spend a lot of money on relocating the stadium and spend a lot of money on getting better players. A better team and stadium only helps a community. There are no down sides on this one. More money will be spent in the downtown area, too. If you go to a football or baseball game there is no where to stop before or afterwards. Build downtown it will generate money into hotels, bars, restaraunts, etc.
Build the damn thing and get better players for God's sake!
P.S. I heard throught the grapevine that Bryan Dale attended an Iowa Hawkeye football game (and what a game it was!).

 
At 1:09 PM, Blogger Bryan said...

Yeah T, I went to the Iowa Game. Also I was in M-town, but someone wasnt home. Tear, I was sad.

 
At 1:20 PM, Blogger travis said...

The road is my home and I have no place to lay my head!

 
At 11:34 PM, Anonymous michigan said...

I can find benefits with having the stadium either place. Where it is now is a good idea because they can combine parking for football and baseball. 1 parking lot serves both stadiums. But having it downtown would be a nice attraction for the rest of the businesses. But no matter what happens, the royals need to get in gear and make it to the playoffs within the next 4 years. I understand that moving past the white sox will be a challenge, but there is always the wildcard : )

Bryan Dale was in Iowa City and didnt call me. I cant believe it. I live 20 steps from the stadium and no visit. Tisk Tisk.

 

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