The Kansas City Royals will celebrate their 50th season at Kauffman Stadium in 2022. Kauffman has always been one of the crown jewel ballparks of Major League Baseball. Having hosted 89,350,390 fans since 1973, The K with its signature look, has proudly stood the test of time.
In 2019, the Royals replaced the original foul poles that had stood at the ballpark since the first game in 1973. Netting was also extended to cover the entirety of foul territory.
The Royals drew over 2 million fans to the park three seasons in a row (2015-17), something that hadn’t been accomplished in three straight years since the club did it in seven consecutive seasons, from 1985-91. The K has played host to two World Series and an All-Star Game over the past nine seasons.
After years of planning and design, the Royals unveiled an exciting $250 million renovation of this true Kansas City landmark prior to the 2009 season. Visitors enjoy an improved Kauffman Stadium experience with unsurpassed amenities and state-of-the-art technology that touches each and every fan entering the park.
At the end of 2020, updates were made to the video board, making it the tallest LED video display in baseball. The display will now show 3.5 million pixels allowing more contrast and a clearer picture.
Upon entering, fans have a chance to explore the stadium via a 360-degree expanded concourse while still keeping tabs on the action on the field. With 74 concession stands and 67 restroom facilities, time spent away from their seats is limited.
Fans who want a field level view of the action can sit in the CommunityAmerica Crown Club or behind home plate. Fans can also get a feel for the game from the field in one of four field-level UMB Dugout Suites located down the line from both the home and visiting dugouts.
Introduced in 2016, Craft & Draft featuring Boulevard Brewing Company is a unique approach to the social experience of baseball located in the left field corner of The K on the Loge Level. The area replaced the former .390 Bar and Grill. The dining area provides 24 beers on tap and 50 bottled beers as well as a menu that takes a handcrafted approach to gastro pub fare with an emphasis on fresh and local ingredients.
The Outfield Experience provides the fans with entertainment for all ages. In addition, the views of the field are spectacular and give fans several photographic locations to watch a game. Unveiled in 2012 was the largest in-stadium solar array in MLB as part of an energy partnership with Evergy. At the time, the array was the largest in MLB. The 120 panels on the Outfield Experience canopy provide approximately 36,000 kWh of renewable energy each year.
The renovation also created the Outfield Box seats in left-center field, which sit directly behind the outfield wall and in front of the world-famous fountains. Those seats hug the newly renovated Miller Lite Fountain Bar, which is built on the old JumboTron base. The expanded area offer a variety of unique amenities, including two group areas, lawn/tailgate games, and photo opportunities.
In front of the fountains in left-center are the Sonic Slam seats. Right-center field offers a “standing room only” area between the outfield wall and the fountains, called the Pepsi Party Porch. This area is most popular on hot summer days and nights since, at times, they are in the “splash zone” of the iconic fountains.
The left-field area is home to the 7,000-square foot Royals Hall of Fame, presented by Commerce Bank, which opened in 2009. The Hall of Fame features numerous exciting and interactive exhibits as well as memorabilia that will delight Royals fans. Prior to the 2021 season, the digital board on the Hall of Fame was upgraded, making it five times taller than the board that was previously there.
Behind the Hall of Fame, fans will find the kids area complete with the Price Chopper Little K with a field turf surface. In addition, there is state-of-the-art batting and pitching cages, the New Era Cap Store, five holes of mini-golf at the Sluggerrr’s Putt-Putt, a Royals-themed carousel, the base run, and several kids-friendly food options, including Belfonte’s Ice Cream Shop.
Also in left field is the set for the Royals official pre- and post-game show, Royals Live on Bally Sports Kansas City. Throughout the season, broadcasters Joel Goldberg and Jeff Montgomery will host shows from this set.
Fans move along the outfield “Walk of Fame” toward Sweet Baby Rays BBQ and the Rivals restaurant in right field, which boasts Baseline Bar and the Blue Moon Taproom, which features specialty beers that can only be found at Kauffman Stadium, or at the Blue Moon Brewery in Colorado. Next to Rivals you will find the Price Chopper Patio which offers a unique view of the game for groups of 40-60 people located just above the iconic Kauffman Stadium Fountains.
The third level, or ground level of the stadium, features wider concourses, fan amenities, the Konica Minolta Diamond Club premium seating area, and a 5,000-square foot retail store. On the third base side of the Konica Minolta Diamond Club, the Craft Cocktail Bar, presented by Kansas City’s own Restless Spirits Distilling Company, offers a variety of innovative and refreshing cocktails to both the Konica Minolta Diamond Club members as well as fans on the main concourse.
The Loge Level has several suite options to fit any budget while the View Level (upper deck) has been completely renovated to include wider concourses, a food court, new concessions, new restrooms, and a retail store.
With the innovative renovations, Kauffman Stadium has become a breathtaking fusion of energetic surroundings and an intimate place to watch Royals Baseball.
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