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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - March 31, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                 Kansas City Thrives On New Stadium  By Robert Mfwre  KANSAS CITY (AP) — Tills city on (he fur western fringe of Missouri has become a booming sports town and one of the contributing factors is the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex.  The complex, sprawling lust off Interstate 70 some III miles east of downtown Kansas City, was constructed at a cost of around $70 million. It houses separate stadia — an elaborate baseball park occupied by the Kansas City Royals aud a football palace which is home to (he Kansas City Chiefs.  The Royals will he starting their second season iii Royals stadium when the Minnesota Twins come to town April 5. The Chiefs already have played two full seasons in Arrowhead Stadium.  It’s Good  The complex has been good for both teams as well as bolstering the city’s dreams of emerging as a great sports metropolis. Royals Stadium seats 411.7H2 and Arrowhead 7K.li:l2.  The Royals drew more than 1.3 million spectators iii 1973, almost double the number that saw them play at home in old Municipal Stadium iii 1M72. The chief have attracted far more people each of the past two years than at any time iii their history.  'The shakedown of the complex is mostly over, and the general managers of both clubs, fed rid Tallis of the Royals and .lack Steadman of the Chiefs, agree there have been few problems.  “I’ve been involved in a few stadiums,” says    Tallis,  “including Dodger Stadium in Dos Angeles and the California Angels Stadium in Anaheim. There are always things you (an’t anticipate. However, Royals Stadium has been comparatively free of difficulties.  “We had some problems with the artificial turf hut these have worked out very well. I would go with the turf again. I have yet to see a hall bounce over a fielder’s head. The turf helps the pitchers, aud unless it rains continuously very hard, we can play a game. The turf has a definite advantage to us at home. We have to readjust to grass on the road.”  Tallis describes the perk as “one of the most e,ve-ap|)ealmg anywhere. It definitely is a spectator stadium. Tile hitting background is excellent. The field is below the normal ground level, giving a player more protection from wind on fly halls.”  It’s Plush  Royals Stadium Is plush, with a stadium club where 5(H) spectators can dine and watch the game, a 12-story computerized and animated scoreboard and a water spectacular which cost $7ftUNNI The football facility has an elegant Arrowhead Club that includes two restaurants and (iolden Circle suites where guests may dine and watch the game through glass.  The complex was started with a basic bond issue of $43 million. Ari additional $K.5 million in ixmds is being paid off by the* leases of the Royals and the Chiefs. Lamar Hunt, owner of the Chiefs, chipi>ed in with $9.5 million and Fwing Kauffman, owner of the Royals, $7.5 million for refinements.  “The refinements were made because the owners became so excited about the potential for these stadiums and for making Kansas City the No. I professional sports city in the country,’* Steadman says. “Owners, team managers and players have said this complex is No. I iii the country and many giant steps ahead of No. 2.  “The complex has been the key to tw iung Kansas City on. Jackson County citizens will look back on the day in 19H7 when tile Isold issue passed as the day Kansas City lama me a vibrant city.  “FiVen Hie metropolitan areas such as New York. Dallas, San Francisco. Atlanta and Chicago have to take a hack scat to what has happened In this community iii a very short period of time. 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