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WILL THE ROYALS BE FLUSH WITH NEW PREMIUM SEATS IN K.C.?
Published May 1, 1998
Royals officials "will add some pricier new seats behind home plate," according to Charles Crumpley of the K.C. STAR. The seats "are just the first phase of more dramatic upgrades" Royals officials are contemplating that could cost $70-80M. Those improvements could include enclosing the middle level of seats to create some luxury suites. Jackson County Sports Complex Authority Chair John Bondon said that discussions "so far" have centered on asking voters to approve a bond issue or asking for more money from the city, the county and the state. Installing the premium seats behind home plate would cost $10-13M. The new section would be constructed after the season. It is undecided how many seats would be in it or whether any existing seats would be torn out (K.C. STAR, 5/1). BRETT, HUNT OR BOTH? Noting the group led by George and Bobby Brett and the joint effort by Lamar Hunt and Western Resources that are bidding for the Royals, columnist Jerry Heaster writes, "The Brett group is a worthy candidate to buy the Royals, but ... the team of Hunt and Western Resources is preferable for a compelling reason. It has a more clear-cut and seemingly ironclad commitment to local economic and civic interests" (K.C. STAR, 5/1). But columnist Jeffrey Flanagan, under the header "Don't Count Out Brett-Hunt Partnership," reports that two sources "close to the situation" said that the two groups "agreed to continue discussions about a possible joint involvement after the Royals' board of directors has selected a winning bid" (Jeffrey Flanagan, K.C. STAR, 5/1).