Cedar Rapids Gazette, March 31, 1974, Page 151

Cedar Rapids Gazette

March 31, 1974

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Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 31, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Tfct Cedar OtMtte: 8m., >1. 7P __ Kansas City Thrives On New Stadium By Itobert MMN> KANSAS CITY (AP) This city un the far western fringe of Missouri has become a booming spurts lown and one of the con- tributinK factors is Hie Harry S. Truman Complex. The complex, sprawling just off Interstate 70 name 10 miles cast of downtown Kansas City, was constructed lit a cost of around million. It houses separate stadia an elaborate baseball park occupied liy the Kansas City Royals and a fnnt- liall palace which is home to (he Kansas City Chiefs. The Royals will be starling their second season in Royals Stadium when the Minnesota Twins coniD to town April 5. The Chiefs already have {flayed two full seasons in Arrowhead Stadium. It's Good The complex has been good for both teams as well its bols- tering the city's dreams-of emerging as a great sports me- tropolis. Royals Stadium seals and Arrowhead The Royals drew more than 1.3 million spectators in 1S73, almost double the number that saw them play at home In old Municipal Stadium in 1972. The Chief have attracted far more people each of (he past two years thim at any time in their history. The shakedown of the complex is mostly over, and the general managers of both clubs, C'edrid Tallis of the Royals and ..lack Steadman of.the Chiefs, agree there have been few problems. "I've been involved in a few says Tallis, "including Dodger Stadium In Los Angeles and (he California Angels Stadium in Anaheim. There are always .things you can't anticipate. However, Royals Stadium has been com- paratively free of difficulties. "We had some problems-with the artificial turf but these have worked out very well. I would go with the turf again. I have yet to see ;a ball bounce over a fielder's head. The turf helps the pitchers, and unless it rains continuously very hard, we can play a game. The turf has a definite: advantage Id us at home. .We-have, to readjust to grass on the road." Tallis descpibes4he.Rark.as- "one of the most eye-appealing anywhere. It definitely' is a spectator stadium. The hitting background is excellent. The field is below the normal ground level, giving a player more pro- tection from wind on fly balls." It's Plush Royals Stadium is plush, with a stadium club where 500 spec- tators can dine and watch the game, a :12-story .computerized and animated Scoreboard and a water spectacular which-cost The football facility Has an elegant Arrowhead Club that includes two restaurants'and Golden Circle suites Where guests may dine and watch the game'through glass. The complex was started with .a basic bond issue, of million. An additional ?8.5 million in bonds is being paid off by the leases of the Royals and the Chiefs. Lamar Hunt, owner of the Chiefs, chipped in with million and Swing owner of the Royals, million for refinements. "The refinements were made because (he dwners'became so excited about the potential for these stadiums and for making Kansas City the No. 1 profes- sional sports city in the Steadman says. "Owners, team managers and players have said (his complex is No. 1 in (he and many giant steps ahead of No. 2. "The complex has been the key to turning Kansas on. Jackson County citizens will look back on the day in 19B7 when (he bond issue passed as (he day Kansas City became a vibrant city. "Even the metropolitan areas such as New York, Dallas, .San Francisco, Atlanta and Chicago have to take a back seat to what has happened in this com- munity in a very-short period of time. As far as I'm concerned, it has surpassed expectations." 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