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There isn't much for Royals fans to cheer about these days, but David Glass stands up to the NFL and their desires to turn ballparks into "facilities," as Bill would call the domed ones.
Team president says benefit not worth cost
By BOB DUTTON
The Kansas City Star
The idea of adding a rolling roof to the Truman Sports Complex, long a cherished goal of Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, is drawing a cool response initially from the other side of the parking lot.
âYou look at the cost/benefit analysis,â Royals president Dan Glass said, âand I donât think it helps us or makes much sense. We have, maybe, two or three rainouts a year. For us, thatâs a lot of money to spend for two or three games.â
Huntâs proposal, offered this week in town at the NFL ownersâ meetings, reprises a concept as old as the sports complex. Preliminary estimates suggest it would add at least $100 million, and perhaps as much as $200 million, to the $465 million already sought in public funding for proposed renovations to the two stadiums.
The additional outlay, proponents argue, would be offset by the NFLâs promise of awarding a Super Bowl to Kansas City in addition to other marquee events a weather-protected facility could attract.
Even so, Glass remains leery.
âA Super Bowl would be great for this community,â he said. âThereâs no doubt about that. But the most important thing is to renovate the two stadiums and lock up the two teams for the long term.
âAnother thing to remember is that adding a roof is not a one-time expense. Thereâs maintenance involved, and that can get expensive â especially if you have problems like some teams have had with their roofs.â