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September 10, 2009
Wizards to play off one K.C. against the other?
The Kansas City Wizards are looking across the river in Kansas City, Kansas in their search for a new stadium, and boy, is stadium-lovin' Kansas City Star writer Kevin Collison excited. Check out this lede:
The Kansas Speedway area has emerged as the new choice for a long-sought Wizards soccer stadium in a sweeping proposal that would include at least 4,000 new Cerner Corp. jobs.
Read further down, and it turns out that the Wizards owners are just saying they'd "consider" putting a new office for their software company there, if they decide to open one. Also, that they plan to ask the state and county for sales-tax money to build the $400 millin project.
Kansas City, MO city council member John Sharp, meanwhile, who represents the Bannister Mall area that the Wizards had previously targeted for a stadium, sounded jilted: "The city and state of Missouri have offered these developers every economic incentive we have to offer. I don't know what else we could do, other than offer to back all their construction costs. ... I don't know if we could do that without severely jeopardizing the city credit rating." Or the two Kansas City could stop throwing money at stealing each other's development projects — but that'd be crazy talk.