How would Sarpy County pay for this stadium? The study makes several recommendations which, frankly, don't look practical. Some proposals would require changes in state law, a process which has been already been rejected in previous years for Cabela's and the original downtown stadium for the Royals. The other suggestion: increasing property taxes.
Does this kill the idea of a Chalco stadium? Hardly. Sarpy County administrators seem unfazed by this development. In fact, county attorney Lee Polikov found the report "encouraging" for some reason. (That seems to suggest he thought the report was going to come in even higher than it did.) Perhaps they've already got committments from someone to donate a large portion of the funds necessary to build a stadium. That's how the new downtown stadium came to be. Or perhaps folks in heavily Republican Sarpy County don't care about taxes. Or maybe Santa or the Tooth Fairy will come through. You just never know.
Hopefully what this does is reopen the lines of communication between MECA and the Omaha Royals to get both organizations to reconsider their earlier positions and compromise to keep the Royals in the Omaha area. The consultants even note that it would be extremely unusual for a metropolitan area like Omaha to build two new stadiums:
Of course, "competitive dynamics" seems to be the driving factor in this debate as the report also investigated the cost of building a stadium for an independent or class A franchise. Gee...imagine that... Sarpy County might still pursue a stadium even if the Royals weren't interested.
"Markets similar in size to Omaha are rarely home to two modern, relatively large ballparks, as will be the case if separate venues are constructed in downtown Omaha and Sarpy County. This situation could present unique competitive dynamics between the two facilities."