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KC Wizards Web site says team will be moving to Kansas

December 18, 2009

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— Kansas City Wizards president Robb Heineman is telling supporters on the team’s Web site that the Wizards will be moving to Kansas.

In a letter posted on the Web site Thursday night, Heineman says he is confident STAR bonds can be sold for the construction of a soccer stadium in Wyandotte County’s Village West development.

He says site preparation could begin as early as next week, with plans to have the stadium open midway through the 2011 season.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner Corp. and OnGoal, the group representing the Wizards, are proposing a $414 million development near NASCAR’s Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. The project includes an office complex for 4,500 Cerner employees, an 18,500-seat stadium for the Wizards and two dozen soccer fields for amateur teams.

Comments

Stuart Evans 5 years ago

who's running the Dotte these days? they have done an incredible job of attracting attractions.

mr_right_wing 5 years ago

Is there even one single person who cares? Why am I even wasting my time writing this!?

nobody1793 5 years ago

The Wizards probably have more fans than the Chiefs do at this point...

Shayntel Harris 5 years ago

I totally care! The Wizards are currently at the Community America Ballpark which is very cute but was not meant to be a soccer stadium. True football is the greatest sport in the world and our KC team needs a real stadium! When international greats like David Beckham come to play the Wizards it shouldn't be in a converted minor league baseball field.

concernedeudoravoter 5 years ago

Great thing for Wyandotte County and Kansas. The Wizards will become the only Major League sports team in the state of Kansas. Bringing the world's game to Kansas is fantastic. I will be waiting to purchase my season tickets as the new stadium is built. Unlike the renovations of the stadiums in Kansas City which were done through a voter approved tax increase, no direct tax increase to citizens of Kansas will come about as a result of this.

concernedeudoravoter 5 years ago

Why yes - actually I do understand Star Bonds. The sales tax revenue directly tied to this particular development will be used to pay back the bonds that are issued by the state. Therefore those dollars not spent in that development area are not affected. This doesn't affect a county sales tax or a city sales tax or a state sales tax. Thus my previous comment about this not being a direct tax increase to the citizens of Kansas.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years ago

JackRipper is exactly right. There are only so many discretionary dollars out there, and if the sales taxes they generate are diverted to pay for these developments rather than to state coffers, things like schools, prisons, highways, social welfare spending and other state programs are going to take the hit.

These projects may or may not be a net gain for WY county and the state, but they most certainly are not a free lunch.

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