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Kauffman Stadium

 
 

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Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals, is known as one of the most beautiful ballparks in baseball. After a massive renovation before the 2009 season, visitors to "The K" will now experience the modern facilities in addition to the tradition of Royals Baseball.

Annually ca. About 1.5 million people enjoy te stadium.

Highlights

  • Tours of the stadium allow visitors to access areas that are not usually open to the public. Depending on the specific tour, areas visited may include the press box, interview room, dugout, and luxury suites. Check the Web site for details.
  • On game days, the stadium opens its parking lots several hours prior to the first pitch and visitors come early to tailgate outside the stadium before the games.
  • The Outfield Experience has a mini golf course and areas where kids can practice their baseball swing and compare their pitching speed with the pros.
  • New Outfield Plaza areas include the open-air Miller Lite Fountain Bar, the standing room only Pepsi Party Porch terrace and the Fountain Seats. Fountain Seats cost ca. $9 ($14 for premium games) and are only available at the ticket office the day of the game.
  • The Royals Hall of Fame, opened in July 2009, will educate visitors about the history of the franchise and the Royals Hall of Fame players as well as display unique baseball memorabilia.
  • A burst of fireworks follows every Royals home run. A full fireworks display also takes place after every Friday night home game.

Kauffman Stadium has the largest hi-definition video board in Major League Baseball, measuring 84 feet wide and 104 feet high. The stadium's 322-foot-wide water spectacular is also the largest privately funded fountain in the world.

Tours

Tours of the stadium are offered Tues.-Sat. until Sept. 3. Beginning Sept 6-21: tours are available on Tues., Fri. and Sat. Please check the Royals Web site for specific tour times. Please note: tours are not available on days with scheduled day games.

History

HISTORY: Since it opened as Royals Stadium on April 10, 1973, Kauffman Stadium has been known as one of the world's most beautiful ballparks. Many exciting games have been played here, including the 1985 World Series when the Royals won the championship. The stadium also hosted the 1973 All-Star Game, three no-hitters and several playoff games. On July 2, 1993, the stadium was officially renamed in honor of the franchise's late owner, Ewing M. Kauffman. Prior to the 1995 season, the artificial surface on the playing field of Kauffman Stadium was replaced by real grass. Additional field level seating was added to the stadium before the 1999 season. Prior to the 2004 season, outfield expansions made the stadium one of the most spacious parks in Major League Baseball. A massive $250 million restoration prior to the 2009 season included the expansion of the concourse and an increase in number of concession stands, restrooms, ticket windows, suites and dining and lounge options. Over 1,000 "fountain view" seats were also added. Fans can now walk all the way around the stadium. Beyond the outfield is the Outfield Experience, which includes the Royals Hall of Fame and various pre-game amenities for kids of all ages.

Nearby: The neighboring Arrowhead Stadium, which is home to the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs.

Location

1 Royals Way, Kansas City, MO 64129
Location Description: 15 minutes east of downtown Kansas City.



 
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GPS Coordinates

1 -- Kauffman Stadium
Decimal Lat: 39.0514585375786 / Lon: -94.4827772676945
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Source: Kansas City Convention & Visitors Association; magazinUSA.com
Last modified: 20120625
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