Kansas begins campaign to attract Chiefs across state lines

Kansas House Speaker Ron Ryckman Jr. is leading efforts to persuade the Chiefs to build a new stadium in the state. This comes after a failed proposal to fund a renovation of Arrowhead Stadium through an extension of an existing sales tax. However, Kansas legalized sports betting and allocated 80 percent of the revenue to a new fund aimed at attracting professional sports teams to the state. This fund could reach $10 million by 2025, providing additional measures for taxpayer money to fund a new stadium. The challenge will be devising 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 discussions about the team’s future in Kansas City. The possibility of relocating within the state is being explored as a potential solution to retaining the team in Kansas City.

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