KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Unified Government of Wyandotte County/Kansas City, Kansas is evicting the Kansas City T-Bones baseball team from their ball park in Village West.
The UG said the team defaulted on agreed upon payments to both the UG and Board of Public Utilities.
The government said the eviction letter was sent on Friday and has ordered the baseball team to leave the stadium and remove all of its property by Friday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m.
The notice of the payments was sent Sept. 14, 2018, alerting the T-Bones it was behind in making required payments, according to the UG.
The UG said they re-worked the management agreement with the T-Bones in 2017 in an effort to keep the team in the stadium. Under the agreement, the team is responsible for paying current utility bills, past due utility bills and past due payments for use of the stadium.
The team is delinquent in paying $358,439.53 in current utility payments, $328,749.77 in past due BPU costs and $75,545.10 owed under the lease agreement for use of the stadium, according to the eviction notice.
The T-Bones owners have made only three out of 48 monthly payments of $1,678, making the baseball organization in default for 45 monthly payments.
The UG spent $8 million through an agreement in 2014 to buy the ballpark and make the T-Bones a tenant. Ehlert Development originally financed the $12 million ballpark, which was completed in 2003.
According to the UG, the eviction of the T-Bones from the UG owned ballpark does not erase the debts and that they reserve the right and intends to seek all remedies available to collect on the financial obligations.
In 2018, the T-Bones clinched their first American Association Championship.
The T-Bones released a statement Monday evening saying “we are shocked by what appears to be this capricious action.”
“We have been in close communication with the UG,” the statement went on to say. “Keeping them apprised of our status as we work toward a sale of the club. Today’s timing is the real surprise, as we’ve shared publicly and with the UG that a sale will not be completed or announced during the season.”
The team, who is in the midst of a franchise-winning streak, said they’ll remain optimistic that a solution will be reached in the short term.
“The millions of fans who have enjoyed our product over nearly two decades should share our optimism for the future as we work to close the sale to the next operator of this franchise.”
Sherry Slaughter was born and raised in Wyandotte County and has been attending games for years. She first saw the news on FOX4’s Facebook page.
“My daughter’s the one that actually tagged me in the post because they know I love it out here,” she said.
She said the games are affordable, the stadium is close to home, and she’s enjoyed bring her children, grandchildren and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with whom she works.
“I don’t know what we’re going to do,” she said. “We bring them out here because it’s very affordable, and they’re on a fixed income, and they really love it out here.”