- How much is it going to cost?
- How is Sarpy County going to pay for this?
- Where is it going to be built?
It's not difficult to understand why the exact location hasn't been announced. Negotiations are still underway, and it's probably safe to bet that the Royals and Sarpy County have a pretty good idea where it's going to go. Until those negotiations are finalized, no announcement is going to be made. WOWT reports that the most likely locations are by Cabela's (previously destined for office space, though the economic downturn may have put those plans on hold) and along highway 370 south of Papillion.
The Chalco location by Cabela's already has it's own issues, even if it's available again. The Papillion location would be a dismal failure for the entire metro area, as very few people from Douglas County will want to take the time to drive down 72nd or 84th Street to get to the ball park.
But why not start disclosing the price and how this ballpark is going to be paid for? Talk that the ballpark is somehow a "done deal" without those details is, well, simply crazy. When those seemingly minor details get announced, is it going to be dependent on asking the state legislature to pay for it? How much will property taxes go up?
The great thing about these continuing little announcements is that they seem to build up momentum in favor of the project, without providing anything of substance to criticize. So until details actually start to emerge, this remains a boondoggle.
If Sarpy does manage to pull this off, it'll be a very disappointing day for the city of Omaha. MECA's failure to land a deal with the Royals last summer reflects badly on that organization and the people associated with it. It means the downtown stadium won't be properly utilized, and the chances of upgrading Omaha's AAA affiliation diminish, if not completely disappear.