And while we might wish that any future millions pouring in would partly benefit Jackson County taxpayers who paid for lots of expensive renovations at Arrowhead and Kauffman stadiums, the contracts call for only the Royals to offer an even split.
What’s left to Kansas City residents, then, is to be a bit wistful for the simplicity of Arrowhead and the even greater simplicity of “The K” while hoping the Chiefs and Royals pursue interesting, not just enriching, naming rights.
We do hope they don’t go for the absurdly long, such as Denver’s Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium. Or for the sincerely bizarre, such as the Dutch Mitsubishi Forklift Stadion.
Or certainly not the truly horrible (since changed) Bargain Booze Stadium in England.
Ideally, the stadium name would have a local flavor. Maybe even actually be a flavor.
Arrowhead could be sponsored by, say, the American Beef Council: The Chiefs, they’re what’s on during dinner.
And then, naturally, we’d want a little sauce on that: KC Masterpiece Park almost sounds poetic. Or maybe The Gates.
Whatever the names, of course, the hope of all Kansas City residents has to be that they will end up being, well, tasteful.