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Jackson County stadium measure voted down, Chiefs and Royals suffer defeat

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Apr 3, 2024

The Jackson County stadium sales tax was the biggest ballot item in the Missouri general municipal election. Voters ultimately rejected Jackson County Question 1, which would have implemented a 3/8th-cent sales tax to fund stadium projects for the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals. The increased sales tax would have supported a new downtown Kansas City ballpark for the Royals and renovations to GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs.

GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Chiefs, is the third oldest active NFL stadium. Opened in 1972, it has undergone several renovations over the years. Kauffman Stadium, where the Royals play, is the sixth oldest active MLB stadium, with its first game held in 1973.

Notable Chiefs players Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce were featured in an advertisement encouraging Jackson County voters to approve the measure. Despite expectations from Chiefs owner Clark Hunt that the measure would pass, voters ultimately decided against it. Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas expressed optimism for future collaborations with the teams to ensure their presence in Kansas City for generations to come.

Before the election, polling from the Remington Research Group showed a close split among respondents, with 47% in favor and 46% against the sales tax. The outcome of the vote will shape the future of stadium projects for the Kansas City sports teams and their commitments to the city.

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