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Entrance information for Billy Joel concert

Legendary artist to play at Kauffman Stadium Friday

Ahead of the Billy Joel concert on Friday, September 21, the Kansas City Royals are announcing details for the day of the event.

Parking lots at the Truman Sports Complex will open at 1 p.m. Parking will cost $30 for cars, $45 for oversized vehicles and $60 for RVs and buses. Day of event parking is cash only. Gates into the stadium open at 6 p.m. with Billy Joel scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. There is no opening act.

Ahead of the Billy Joel concert on Friday, September 21, the Kansas City Royals are announcing details for the day of the event.

Parking lots at the Truman Sports Complex will open at 1 p.m. Parking will cost $30 for cars, $45 for oversized vehicles and $60 for RVs and buses. Day of event parking is cash only. Gates into the stadium open at 6 p.m. with Billy Joel scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m. There is no opening act.

Security measures will be different for entrance into Kauffman Stadium than when fans enter for Royals games. All ticket holders will be subject to metal detection and bag check. Fans will NOT be able to bring in bags or backpacks, and all purses will be searched before entrance. Due to security measures, guests are advised to arrive at least one hour prior to show time and have tickets ready upon entrance. The Diamond Club Lounge will be open to the public. Craft and Draft will only be open to those with tickets for that area.

Those with Field Seating are encouraged to have tickets in-hand upon access. Field entrances will be located in the following areas: Inside Gate A past the Royals Hall of Fame, sections 111, 112, 113, 114 and 115 on 3rd base side, and 139, 140, 141, 142 and 143 on first base side.

The Royals Ticket Office will not accept any third party will call drop offs.

This performance will be Billy Joel's first-ever stadium appearance in Kansas City and the first concert at Kauffman Stadium in 39 years. Billy Joel is one of the biggest concert draws in the world and continues this achievement with an impressive run of sold-out consecutive stadium shows and concert arenas. Having sold 150 million records over the past quarter century, scoring 33 consecutive Top 40 hits, Billy Joel ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist. In 2016, the Library of Congress selected "Piano Man" for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its "cultural, historic, and artistic significance."

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Limited number of Billy Joel tickets made available

Tickets go on-sale Tuesday at 10 a.m.

The Kansas City Royals are excited to announce a limited number of tickets have just been made available for the Billy Joel Concert on Friday, September 21.  

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18, tickets will be available online exclusively at royals.com/billyjoel.  

The Kansas City Royals are excited to announce a limited number of tickets have just been made available for the Billy Joel Concert on Friday, September 21.  

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18, tickets will be available online exclusively at royals.com/billyjoel.  

This performance will be Billy Joel's first-ever stadium appearance in Kansas City and the first concert at Kauffman Stadium in 39 years. Billy Joel is one of the biggest concert draws in the world and continues this achievement with an impressive run of sold-out consecutive stadium shows and concert arenas. Having sold 150 million records over the past quarter century, scoring 33 consecutive Top 40 hits, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist. In 2016, the Library of Congress selected "Piano Man" for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its "cultural, historic, and artistic significance."

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Tickets on sale now for 2019 Royals Fanfest presented by Commerce Bank

KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals have announced that the 2019 Royals FanFest presented by Commerce Bank will take place Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26 at the Kansas City Convention Center's Bartle Hall.

Fans can get ready for the 2019 Royals baseball season in a big-league way. The event will have plenty of new and returning activities for kids, as well as autograph sessions featuring current and former Royals and interviews on the main stage and more. Tickets for kids will also only be $5 per day in 2019. The Club's 2018 Major League award winners will also be recognized during the event. In addition, ARAMARK and Royals Authentics will be on site selling the latest merchandise and unique Royals memorabilia, and special activities will be planned throughout the event at the Royals Diamond presented by Teva.

KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals have announced that the 2019 Royals FanFest presented by Commerce Bank will take place Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26 at the Kansas City Convention Center's Bartle Hall.

Fans can get ready for the 2019 Royals baseball season in a big-league way. The event will have plenty of new and returning activities for kids, as well as autograph sessions featuring current and former Royals and interviews on the main stage and more. Tickets for kids will also only be $5 per day in 2019. The Club's 2018 Major League award winners will also be recognized during the event. In addition, ARAMARK and Royals Authentics will be on site selling the latest merchandise and unique Royals memorabilia, and special activities will be planned throughout the event at the Royals Diamond presented by Teva.

The 2019 Royals FanFest presented by Commerce Bank will mark the sixth year that the Royals are hosting the event at the Kansas City Convention Center. The downtown facility was also the site of the 2012 MLB All-Star FanFest. The Club will utilize spacious Bartle Hall, which features a main exhibition hall to give fans plenty of room to view exhibits and enjoy the festivities.

Royals 2019 season ticket members will receive exclusive access on both days of the event before FanFest opens to the general public. Season ticket members will receive an email with a special link to purchase tickets, including the exclusive access sessions.

Hours for the 2019 Royals FanFest presented by Commerce Bank are listed below.

2019 FANFEST HOURS

Friday, January 25
Noon to 2 p.m. Exclusive Access for Season Ticket Members
2 p.m. to 9 p.m. FanFest Open to General Public

Saturday, January 26
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Exclusive Access for Season Ticket Members
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. FanFest Open to General Public

Fans may secure Royals FanFest tickets by visiting www.royals.com/fanfest. Online orders are subject to applicable service fees. Tickets may also be purchased by visiting the Kauffman Stadium Box Office during business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Royals season ticket members should purchase online via the special link they will receive.

Ticket prices for Royals FanFest are as follows:
Friday - Youth $5
Friday - Adult $12
Saturday - Youth $5
Saturday - Adult $12

*Please note that youth prices are for children ages 6-17. Children 5 and under will be admitted for free.

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Royals in the community

KANSAS CITY --- The Kansas City Royals will return home tonight to begin a homestand with the Chicago White Sox (September 10-12) and Minnesota Twins (September 13-16). Many events will take place throughout the stay, including "C" You in the Major Leagues (September 11) and Dream Factory (September 12). Danny Duffy will be honored as the Roberto Clemente Award nominee on September 15.

In conjunction with the 50th Season Celebration at the end of the homestand, Royals Charities and the Royals Community Relations Department will host Royals in the Community Week. They will take part in multiple events, both in-stadium and in the community throughout the week. Please see below for details.

KANSAS CITY --- The Kansas City Royals will return home tonight to begin a homestand with the Chicago White Sox (September 10-12) and Minnesota Twins (September 13-16). Many events will take place throughout the stay, including "C" You in the Major Leagues (September 11) and Dream Factory (September 12). Danny Duffy will be honored as the Roberto Clemente Award nominee on September 15.

In conjunction with the 50th Season Celebration at the end of the homestand, Royals Charities and the Royals Community Relations Department will host Royals in the Community Week. They will take part in multiple events, both in-stadium and in the community throughout the week. Please see below for details.

Monday, September 10 - Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
· All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Appearances - Members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League will appear before the game against the White Sox. They will sign autographs in the Royals Hall of Fame and be honored on the field prior to first pitch.

Tuesday, September 11 - Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
· This One's for You - In conjunction with Armed Forces Night presented by QuikTrip, Folds of Honor and Price Chopper, the Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City will honor members of the 35th Battalion currently stationed in the Middle East. Aramark will provide food and beverages to families of the troops at a tailgate in the Hall of Fame Pavilion tent prior to the game. Families will also get special t-shirts and a free ticket to the game. As a part of the USO "This One's For You" broadcast on the Armed Forces Network, Royals alumni George Brett, Bret Saberhagen, Reggie Sanders and Mike Sweeney will watch the game with the troops in the Middle East.

· "C" You at The K presented by Darol Rodrock Foundation - Royals General Manager Dayton Moore, together with the "C" You in the Major Leagues Foundation (CYITML) and the Royals, will host area groups to join him at select games this season. The preselected special guests will watch batting practice, enjoy dinner with Moore and watch the Royals game. The CYITML Foundation started in January 2014 to support youth baseball, education, faith-based organizations and events and families in crisis throughout the greater Kansas City area and beyond.

· State Farm Volunteer Activity - Royals fans can assemble back-to-school packs for Community Services League by visiting the State Farm tent inside Gate D. State Farm will distribute co-branded drawstring bags to the first 200 fans who volunteer to assemble single-subject spiral notebooks, colored pencils and highlighter markers into back to school packs.

Wednesday, September 12 - Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
· Special Olympics Clinic presented by Price Chopper - The Royals will host 50 athletes from Special Olympics Kansas City Metro for a game on the field of Kauffman Stadium. Participants will play a friendly softball game in left field featuring select Royals players as honorary coaches. Following the game, the participants will receive a box lunch courtesy of Aramark.

· Dream Factory - Throughout the season, the Royals grant the wishes of Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City children. These youngsters, who face life-altering challenges, will meet Royals players, watch batting practice from the dugout and enjoy the game and refreshments. Their Royals experience appears on the KMBC-TV (Channel 9) 10 p.m. newscast.

· Royals Dream Factory Children Reunion - To commemorate 25 years of the Royals partnering with the Dream Factory, more than 200 former honorees who were honored as children, along with their family members, will be special guests at the game. During a special presentation prior to the game, a select few will be recognized alongside Larry and Ruth Moore, long-time Dream Factory volunteers, who have been involved with the partnership from the beginning.

Thursday, September 13 - Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
· The University of Kansas Health System Visit - Current Royals players and wives will visit The University of Kansas Health System to distribute Starlight Children's Foundation Royals gowns to patients. Shadow Buddies will also hand out Royals Charities buddies.

· Royals Charities Grant Announcement - Royals Charities will reveal wheelchair accessible golf carts for the Kansas City Zoo purchased with a $50,000 grant to Variety Children's Charity of Kansas City during pregame ceremonies at Kauffman Stadium.

Friday, September 14 - Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
· Operation Breakthrough and Literacy KC Visit - Royals Charities, alongside Royals players and alumni, will visit Literacy KC and Operation Breakthrough. The charitable foundation of the Royals will present the nonprofit organizations with a $50,000 grant to go toward the Literacy KC/Operation Breakthrough building campaign. Raised Royal children's books will also be distributed.

Saturday, September 15 - Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 6:15 p.m.
· Alex Gordon Fastpitch Classic presented by Price Chopper - Royals outfielder Alex Gordon will appear at the Alex Gordon Fastpitch Classic, presented by Price Chopper. More than 75 softball teams from throughout the Midwest raise funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and participate in the tournament taking place at the Blue Valley Recreation Center. During a special presentation, participants will learn more about the children impacted by Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and hear from Alex Gordon recognizing them for their efforts.

· Mayor's Play Ball Clinic presented by Price Chopper - Royals alumni will appear alongside Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James at the Mayor's Play Ball Clinic, presented by Price Chopper. The event will take place at the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy and will feature 75 boys and girls taking part in various baseball activities.

· Kennedys to host Group from Police Athletic League of Kansas City - Each Saturday, pitcher Ian Kennedy and his wife, Allison, host a group from the Kansas City area in a fully-catered Dugout Suite. This day, guests from Police Athletic League of KC will meet Kennedy prior to the game and receive a special gift from the family.

· Royals Charities Check Presentation - Royals Charities, in partnership with Aramark, will present a check to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation during pregame ceremonies at Kauffman Stadium representing all proceeds raised through Royals Charities throughout the season and proceeds raised by Aramark through in-stadium lemonade sales.

Sunday, September 16 - Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:15 p.m.
· Royals Charities Check Presentation: Royals Charities will announce a $50,000 Royalty Fields grant to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kan., Parks and Recreation Department to help renovate a baseball field at City Park in KCK during pregame ceremonies at Kauffman Stadium.

· Roberto Clemente Award Royals Nominee Honored - The Roberto Clemente Award is the annual recognition of an MLB player who best represents the game through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions, both on and off the field. All 30 Clubs nominate a player for the award. Pitcher Danny Duffy will be honored as the Royals nominee during a pregame ceremony prior to Saturday's game.

Fans may purchase tickets online at royals.com, by calling 1-800-6ROYALS, at area Price Chopper stores or at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office.

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Homestand highlights: September 10-16

Final 50th season celebration weekend; fan-favorite theme tickets still available throughout homestand

The Kansas City Royals will return home to host American League Central Division teams Chicago White Sox (September 10-12) and Minnesota Twins (September 13-16). Fans can pick up giveaways during the 50th Season weekend, including a Canvas Collage (September 15) and Royals Tumbler (September 16). Theme Tickets are still available for purchase, including a Billy Joel Bobblehead Theme Ticket (September 10), Paint at the Park (September 13), GordoNation (September 13), Girls Night Out VIP (September 14) and Yoga Day (September 16). Please see below for more details.

Monday, September 10 -- Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
•    Billy Joel Bobblehead Theme Night -- In honor of the Billy Joel concert at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, September 21, the Club is offering a special Billy Joel Theme Ticket. Fans who purchase the Theme Ticket will get an exclusive Royals-themed bobblehead (photo attached) of the legendary musician. Redemption will be at the Gate A entrance in left field until the end of the 2nd inning. A portion of the ticket purchased will support Kansas City Young Audiences and the Kansas City Symphony's education programs through Royals Charities. For more information, visit www.royals.com/themeticket. 
•    Price Chop Mondays -- On Mondays, View Reserved tickets are just $10 (subject to availability), courtesy of Price Chopper. For more information, visit www.royals.com/fanvalue. 

The Kansas City Royals will return home to host American League Central Division teams Chicago White Sox (September 10-12) and Minnesota Twins (September 13-16). Fans can pick up giveaways during the 50th Season weekend, including a Canvas Collage (September 15) and Royals Tumbler (September 16). Theme Tickets are still available for purchase, including a Billy Joel Bobblehead Theme Ticket (September 10), Paint at the Park (September 13), GordoNation (September 13), Girls Night Out VIP (September 14) and Yoga Day (September 16). Please see below for more details.

Monday, September 10 -- Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
•    Billy Joel Bobblehead Theme Night -- In honor of the Billy Joel concert at Kauffman Stadium on Friday, September 21, the Club is offering a special Billy Joel Theme Ticket. Fans who purchase the Theme Ticket will get an exclusive Royals-themed bobblehead (photo attached) of the legendary musician. Redemption will be at the Gate A entrance in left field until the end of the 2nd inning. A portion of the ticket purchased will support Kansas City Young Audiences and the Kansas City Symphony's education programs through Royals Charities. For more information, visit www.royals.com/themeticket. 
•    Price Chop Mondays -- On Mondays, View Reserved tickets are just $10 (subject to availability), courtesy of Price Chopper. For more information, visit www.royals.com/fanvalue. 

Tuesday, September 11 - Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
•    Armed Forces Night presented by QuikTrip, Folds of Honor and Price Chopper -- Join us for a special pregame ceremony honoring the men and women who serve our country. To see the ceremonies, fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 6:20 p.m. Members of the military will also be honored throughout the game through the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat and Salute to Service programs, as well as other special in-game features. Special ticket pricing will be available for members of the military and their families. For more information, visit www.royals.com/military. 

Wednesday, September 12 -- Chicago White Sox vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
•    Bark at the Park -- The Royals host the final Bark at the Park event of the season. Fans who purchase Theme Tickets will receive a human and canine game ticket (located in lower level left field corner) and a custom Royals dog tag. A $5 donation from the Theme Ticket purchase will benefit the KC Pet Project through Royals Charities. Prior to the game, fans can visit a number of vendors and activities set up in the left field concourse inside Gate A beginning at 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.royals.com/themetickets. 
•    Student Night presented by INK -- Outfield Plaza or View Reserved tickets are available for Wednesday home games for youth and students with a valid ID at the Kauffman Stadium Box Office for just $10. Select tickets are also available online at www.royals.com/studentnight. Seating is subject to availability. A special pregame Happy Hour, a hot dog and 12-ounce beer or 24-ounce soda for just $8, will be available at the Boulevard Hop Stop or Radler Station (located by the Outfield Experience stage) from the time gates open until 15 minutes before first pitch. 
•    Local Music Showcase presented by INK -- Catch the final free pregame concert on us! Every Wednesday this season, Student Day/Night has featured live local music prior to the game in the Outfield Experience. Performing during this showcase will be the act Yes You Are. More details are available at www.royals.com/studentnight. 

Thursday, September 13 - Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
•    Paint at the Park -- Join us for an evening of Paint at The Park. Fans who purchase the Theme Ticket at www.royals.com/themetickets will be treated to a pregame paint class led by Pinot's Palette® in the Royals Hall of Fame Pavilion, featuring a retro Royals design! 
•    GordoNation -- Fans can enjoy being a part of GordoNation, a special seating section in left field reserved for die-hard Alex Gordon fans on Thursday home games. Fans who purchase Theme Tickets for the event will receive a seat in the Outfield sections in left field, an Alex Gordon big head and an exclusive premium GordoNation t-shirt that is only available in September (photo attached). For details, visit www.royals.com/themetickets. 

Friday, September 14 - Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
•    Girls Night Out -- Join the Royals for Girls Night Out presented by the KC Area Chevy Dealers. The event will take place in the Outfield Experience prior to the game and is open to anyone with a ticket to the game. Guests at the event will enjoy a live DJ, free food and beverage samples and salon services. VIP Theme Tickets are still available and include early entry to the event, a Royals Charm Bracelet (photo attached) and a donation to the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" campaign through Royals Charities. For tickets, visit www.royals.com/themetickets.  
•    Royals Ladies Canvas Bag -- The first 10,000 females into the stadium will get a canvas bag (photo attached), courtesy of KC Area Chevy Dealers.

Saturday, September 15 -- Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 6:15 p.m.
•   50th Season Celebration: Royals in the Community -- As we close the season with our final 50th Season Celebration weekend, we look at how the organization and the players have given back to the Kansas City community.
•    50th Season Canvas Collage -- The first 10,000 fans will get a 50th Season Canvas Collage (photo attached), courtesy of Brown & Crouppen.
•    Teacher Appreciation Night -- The Royals are excited to host the second Teacher Appreciation Night of the 2018 season. Fans who purchased the sold-out Theme Ticket will receive a Royals-themed Teacher Appreciation Night Tumbler (photo attached). Tumblers can be picked up as fans enter the stadium through Gate A in Left Field. For more information, visit www.royals.com/themetickets.  
•    610 Saturday -- The Royals have teamed up with Entercom and 610 Sports Radio for 610 Saturdays featuring live pregame broadcasts with 610 Sports Royals Insider Jay Binkley and special guests from the studio at Gate A in Left Field. Fans can enjoy the 610 Saturday Food Special -- Stadium Hot Dog -- for just $6.10 in Rivals Sports Bar from the time gates open until the first pitch. Follow 610 Sports Radio on Facebook for the coupon code to purchase special 610 discounted View Level tickets. For more information, visit www.royals.com/610Saturday.

Sunday, September 16 -- Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:15 p.m.
•    50th Season Celebration Continues
•    50th Season Royals Tumbler -- The first 10,000 fans will get a special Royals tumbler featuring a 50th logo patch (photo attached), courtesy of AAA Insurance.
•    Yogis in the Outfield -- The Royals are excited to host the fourth annual Yogis in the Outfield. Join the Royals and KORE MOVEMENT™ for a special and unique yoga practice on the Kauffman Stadium outfield grass. Fans who purchase the theme ticket package will receive a Royals yoga mat. Participants must pre-register online at royals.com/yoga. Check-in begins at 6:45 a.m. outside Gate E, the one-hour yoga sessions start at 7:45 a.m. and a light breakfast will follow the practice in Rivals Sports Bar from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. All participants must sign a waiver. For more information, please visit www.royals.com/themetickets. 
•    Family FunDay Sunday presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors -- Each Sunday home game features free pregame interactives, entertainment for kids, plus face painters and caricature or balloon artists in the Outfield Experience. All Day Play passes for unlimited activities in the Outfield Experience can be purchased for $10. Fans have the opportunity to get pregame autographs from select players by the Royals dugout from 11:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. Starting at 12:15 p.m., fans can also get autographs from Royals alumni in the Royals Hall of Fame. Following the game, kids 14 and under run the bases for free, presented by the Kansas City Zoo. For more information, visit www.royals.com/sunday.

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Royals 50th season celebration

Royals in the Community Week set for Sept. 10-16

For one weekend each month throughout the 2018 season, fans at Kauffman Stadium have been treated to a unique and memorable experience as the club has shown what has made the Royals, our fans and Kansas City so special over the last 50 seasons. During these themed weekends, Royals alumni participate in special in-stadium recognitions and select events throughout the community. Fans also enjoy many unforgettable in-park video retrospectives, special guests, autograph opportunities, along with one-of-a-kind 50th Season giveaway items. Please visit www.royals.com/50thweekends and see below for the details for the events that will occur in September.  

SEPTEMBER 15 & 16: ROYALS IN THE COMMUNITY
Part of what makes the Royals organization, players and fans so special is the unmistakable spirit of giving back. On September 15 and 16 against the Minnesota Twins, the club will celebrate the Glass family, the Kauffman family, players and fans who have provided so much to the community over the years.  

For one weekend each month throughout the 2018 season, fans at Kauffman Stadium have been treated to a unique and memorable experience as the club has shown what has made the Royals, our fans and Kansas City so special over the last 50 seasons. During these themed weekends, Royals alumni participate in special in-stadium recognitions and select events throughout the community. Fans also enjoy many unforgettable in-park video retrospectives, special guests, autograph opportunities, along with one-of-a-kind 50th Season giveaway items. Please visit www.royals.com/50thweekends and see below for the details for the events that will occur in September.  

SEPTEMBER 15 & 16: ROYALS IN THE COMMUNITY
Part of what makes the Royals organization, players and fans so special is the unmistakable spirit of giving back. On September 15 and 16 against the Minnesota Twins, the club will celebrate the Glass family, the Kauffman family, players and fans who have provided so much to the community over the years.  

Saturday, September 15 -- Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 6:15 p.m.
Alumni Scheduled to Appear: Dennis Leonard, Royals Hall of Fame pitcher John Mayberry, Royals Hall of Fame first baseman Brian McRae, former Royals outfielder Hal McRae, Royals Hall of Fame outfielder/designated hitter Les Norman, former Royals outfielder Cookie Rojas, Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Willie Wilson, Royals Hall of Fame outfielder Janie Quisenberry Stone, widow of Dan Quisenberry, Royals Hall of Fame pitcher

Giveaway: The first 10,000 fans will receive a 50th Season Canvas Collage, courtesy of Brown & Crouppen. 

Sunday, September 16 -- Minnesota Twins vs. Royals, 1:15 p.m.
The Club will recognize the commitment to the community by the franchise's two ownership families.

Giveaway: The first 10,000 fans can pick up a Royals 50th Season tumbler, courtesy of AAA Insurance.

Royals in the Community Week
Leading up to the September 50th Season celebration weekend, Royals in the Community Week will highlight various pillars of the Royals and Royals Charities outreach. Please see below for more details.

Monday, September 10     
Event: Members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League will appear before the game against the Chicago White Sox. They will sign autographs for fans in the Royals Hall of Fame and be honored on the field prior to first pitch.

Time and Location:
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Autographs in Royals Hall of Fame
6:55 p.m.: On-field presentation

Tuesday, September 11     
Event: In partnership with the USO and FOX Sports Kansas City (FSKC), Royals greats George Brett, Bret Saberhagen, Reggie Sanders and Mike Sweeney, along with broadcaster Joel Goldberg, will visit American troops in the Middle East September 11-14. The group will visit four locations and various soldiers, including members of the Missouri National Guard.  

In conjunction with Armed Forces Night, the Royals and FSKC will honor members of the 35th Combat Aviation Brigade who are currently deployed to the Middle East as part of the "This One's For You" broadcast. More than 500 family members of deployed soldiers will enjoy a tailgate in the Hall of Fame Pavilion tent prior to the game courtesy of Aramark and receive special t-shirts from FSKC. Brett, Saberhagen, Sanders, Sweeney and Goldberg will watch the game with the troops in the Middle East and be featured throughout the game, which will be featured on FSKC and the Armed Forces Network.

Time and Location:  
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.:Tailgate in Hall of Fame Pavilion 

Wednesday September 12     
Event: The Royals will host 50 athletes from Special Olympics KC Metro for a softball game presented by Price Chopper on the field at Kauffman Stadium. They will play a friendly softball game in left field featuring select Royals players as honorary coaches. Following the game, the athletes will receive a box lunch courtesy of Aramark.

Time and Location:
11:55 a.m.: Introduction and Game in Left Field 
12:45 p.m.: Group photo and autographs on the field 
1 p.m.: Recipients will receive lunch courtesy of Aramark near Gate D 

Event: To commemorate 25 years of the Royals partnering with the Dream Factory of Greater Kansas City, more than 200 former honorees and their families will be special guests at the game. During a special presentation prior to the game, a select few will be recognized alongside Larry and Ruth Moore, long-time Dream Factory volunteers, who have been involved with the partnership from the beginning. 

Thursday, September 13    
Event: Current Royals players and wives will visit The University of Kansas Health System to distribute Starlight Children's Foundation Royals gowns to patients. Shadow Buddies will also be present to hand out Royals Charities buddies.

Time and Location:  
11 a.m. to noon: Visit at Hospital (4000 Cambridge Street, Kansas City, KS 66160)

Event: Royals Charities will reveal wheelchair accessible golf carts for the Kansas City Zoo purchased with a $50,000 grant to Variety Children's Charity of Kansas City during pregame ceremonies at The K.

Friday, September 14    
Event: Royals Charities, alongside Royals players and alumni, will visit Literacy KC and Operation Breakthrough. The foundation will present the nonprofit organizations with a $50,000 grant to go toward the Literacy KC/Operation Breakthrough building campaign. Raised Royal children's books will also be distributed.

Time and Location:  
12:30 p.m.: Check Presentation at Literacy KC (3036 Troost Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64109)

Saturday, September 15     
Event: Royals outfielder Alex Gordon will appear at the Alex Gordon Classic Fastpitch, presented by Price Chopper. Softball teams, ages 8 through 18, from throughout the Midwest raise funds for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation and participate in the tournament at the Blue Valley Recreation Center. During a special presentation, participants will learn more about children impacted by cancer and hear from Gordon, who will recognize them for their efforts.  

Time and Location:  
9:30 a.m.: Presentation to participating teams (Blue Valley Recreation Activity Center: 6545 W. 151st Street, Overland Park, KS 66223)

Event: Royals alumni will appear alongside Kansas City, Mo., Mayor Sly James at the Mayor's Play Ball Clinic, presented by Price Chopper. The event will take place at the Kansas City Urban Youth Academy and will feature 75 boys and girls taking part in various baseball activities.

Time and Location:
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Kansas City Urban Youth Academy (1622 E. 17th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108)

Event: Royals Charities, in partnership with Aramark, will present a check to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation during pregame ceremonies at Kauffman Stadium representing all proceeds raised through Royals Charities throughout the season and proceeds raised by Aramark through in-stadium lemonade sales.

Sunday, September 16
Event: Royals Charities will announce a $50,000 Royalty Fields grant to the Unified Government of Wyandotte County, Kan., Parks and Recreation Department to help renovate a baseball field at City Park in KCK during pregame ceremonies at Kauffman Stadium.

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Royals claim pitcher Ben Lively from Philadelphia

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have claimed right-handed pitcher Ben Lively off outright waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies. Lively will report to the Major League club. In a corresponding move, left-handed pitcher Eric Stout has been designated for assignment. 

Lively, 26, made five starts with the Phillies this season, going 0-2 with a 6.85 ERA (18 ER in 23.2 IP) with 10 walks and 22 strikeouts in April, before being placed on the disabled list. He made three rehab appearances with Philadelphia's Gulf Coast affiliates, before making 11 appearances (eight starts) at Lehigh Valley (AAA), where he was 3-2 with a 2.42 ERA (14 ER in 52.0 IP), holding the opposition to a .199 batting average.  

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have claimed right-handed pitcher Ben Lively off outright waivers from the Philadelphia Phillies. Lively will report to the Major League club. In a corresponding move, left-handed pitcher Eric Stout has been designated for assignment. 

Lively, 26, made five starts with the Phillies this season, going 0-2 with a 6.85 ERA (18 ER in 23.2 IP) with 10 walks and 22 strikeouts in April, before being placed on the disabled list. He made three rehab appearances with Philadelphia's Gulf Coast affiliates, before making 11 appearances (eight starts) at Lehigh Valley (AAA), where he was 3-2 with a 2.42 ERA (14 ER in 52.0 IP), holding the opposition to a .199 batting average.  

Originally a fourth-round selection by the Cincinnati Reds in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, Lively made his big league debut with the Phillies last season, going 4-7 with a 4.26 ERA (42 ER in 88.2 IP). He won his first start, 5-3 over San Francisco on June 3, 2017, allowing one run on four hits over 7.0 innings, while he worked 6.0 innings or more in 10 of his 15 starts with Philadelphia in 2017.

Following today's transactions, the Royals Major League Reserve list remains at 40 players.

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Royals, Wilmington agree on two-year PDC extension

Blue Rocks to remain a Kansas City Class A-Advanced affiliate through 2020 campaign

The Kansas City Royals and Wilmington Blue Rocks announced a two-year extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC) today, extending the two clubs' partnership through the 2020 season.

"We are very happy to announce the extension of our PDC with the Wilmington Blue Rocks," said Royals Vice President/Assistant General Manager-Player Personnel J.J. Picollo. "We have always coveted our relationship with the Blue Rocks and are very appreciative of the efforts of Dave Heller (President & CEO, Main Street Baseball and Blue Rocks' Managing Partner), General Manager Andrew Layman and everyone on the Blue Rocks' staff, their fans, the Delaware Stadium Corporation and the state of Delaware through the years. The Blue Rocks have been a great partner and they continue to make Frawley Stadium a great place for our players to develop."

The Kansas City Royals and Wilmington Blue Rocks announced a two-year extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC) today, extending the two clubs' partnership through the 2020 season.

"We are very happy to announce the extension of our PDC with the Wilmington Blue Rocks," said Royals Vice President/Assistant General Manager-Player Personnel J.J. Picollo. "We have always coveted our relationship with the Blue Rocks and are very appreciative of the efforts of Dave Heller (President & CEO, Main Street Baseball and Blue Rocks' Managing Partner), General Manager Andrew Layman and everyone on the Blue Rocks' staff, their fans, the Delaware Stadium Corporation and the state of Delaware through the years. The Blue Rocks have been a great partner and they continue to make Frawley Stadium a great place for our players to develop."

"The Blue Rocks are very proud to be affiliated with one of the finest organizations in all of baseball, the Kansas City Royals," said Blue Rocks' Managing Partner Dave Heller. "From Dayton Moore, J.J. Picollo, and Scott Sharp right on down, the Royals' baseball operations team is first-rate; they are great people who do things the right way. I am delighted the Blue Rocks will be continuing our relationship with the Royals and remaining a part of the Royals' family for another two years."

A member of the Carolina League, Wilmington has served as a Royals' Single-A affiliate since 2007. The Blue Rocks also served as a Kansas City affiliate from 1993-2004, winning league championships four times (1994, '96, '98 and '99). This year's squad finished the season at 68-72 overall, with a 37-33 mark in the second half.

The club plays its home games at Daniel S. Frawley Stadium, a 6,404-seat stadium that opened in 1993. Among the Royals' current Major League roster, 16 members have played for Wilmington during their minor league careers.

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Royals extend PDC agreement with Lexington

Legends to remain a Kansas City Class A affiliate through 2020 campaign

The Kansas City Royals and Lexington Legends announced a two-year extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC) today, extending the two clubs' partnership through the 2020 season.

"The extension with the Legends is something we are very happy to announce," said Royals Vice President/Assistant General Manager-Player Personnel J.J. Picollo. "Lexington has been a great partner. It's a great city for our players to spend a summer and their front office has been very instrumental in our return. We will continue to work together to make our players' experience the best it can possibly be."

The Kansas City Royals and Lexington Legends announced a two-year extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC) today, extending the two clubs' partnership through the 2020 season.

"The extension with the Legends is something we are very happy to announce," said Royals Vice President/Assistant General Manager-Player Personnel J.J. Picollo. "Lexington has been a great partner. It's a great city for our players to spend a summer and their front office has been very instrumental in our return. We will continue to work together to make our players' experience the best it can possibly be."

A member of the South Atlantic League, Lexington has served as a Royals' Single-A affiliate since 2013. The Legends clinched the Second Half Southern Division title last Friday and will open the South Atlantic League playoffs tomorrow night, hosting Rome in a best-of-three series.

The club plays at Whitaker Bank Ballpark, a 6,994-seat stadium that opened in 2001. Among the Royals' current 25-man roster, nine members have played for Lexington during their Minor League careers.

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Merrifield, Keller named Royals player, pitcher of the month for August

The Kansas City Royals announced this morning that infielder Whit Merrifield and right-handed pitcher Brad Keller have been named Royals Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for the month of August. The awards are determined by a local media vote.

Merrifield, who hit his first career walk-off home run in last night's 5-4 win, had 39 hits in August, tied for second most in the Majors, two shy of Mitch Haniger. His .358 average ranked third in the American League behind Mallex Smith (.389) and J.D. Martinez (.373). He reached safely in 26 of 28 games, including each of the last 20 in August, a streak he added to last night to open September and match his career high. He also had six steals, tied for fifth most in the AL. Merrifield hit his 10th home run of the season on Aug. 26, becoming the fifth Royal (6th time) with back-to-back 10-HR, 20-SB seasons, joining: Carlos Beltrán (2001-03), Johnny Damon (1998-2000), Bo Jackson (1988-89) and Amos Otis (1970-72, '77-79). This is Merrifield's second Royals Player of the Month Award and first since this June.

The Kansas City Royals announced this morning that infielder Whit Merrifield and right-handed pitcher Brad Keller have been named Royals Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, for the month of August. The awards are determined by a local media vote.

Merrifield, who hit his first career walk-off home run in last night's 5-4 win, had 39 hits in August, tied for second most in the Majors, two shy of Mitch Haniger. His .358 average ranked third in the American League behind Mallex Smith (.389) and J.D. Martinez (.373). He reached safely in 26 of 28 games, including each of the last 20 in August, a streak he added to last night to open September and match his career high. He also had six steals, tied for fifth most in the AL. Merrifield hit his 10th home run of the season on Aug. 26, becoming the fifth Royal (6th time) with back-to-back 10-HR, 20-SB seasons, joining: Carlos Beltrán (2001-03), Johnny Damon (1998-2000), Bo Jackson (1988-89) and Amos Otis (1970-72, '77-79). This is Merrifield's second Royals Player of the Month Award and first since this June.

Keller led Royals pitchers in wins (3), innings (37.1) and ERA (2.89) in August, and held opponents to two runs or fewer in five of six starts. He was a 9-2 winner over Baltimore on Friday night, matching a career high with 8.0 innings and lowering his season ERA to 3.26, best among American League rookies (min. 100 IP). This is Keller's second Royals Pitcher of the Month Award (also winning in June), making him the first Royals rookie to earn the honor twice in one season since Brian Bannister won it in June, July and August of 2007.

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Royals, Chukars announce PDC extension

Idaho Falls to remain a Kansas City Rookie-level affiliate through 2020 campaign

The Kansas City Royals and Idaho Falls Chukars announced a two-year extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC) on Saturday, extending the two clubs' partnership through the 2020 season.

"We are happy to announce our extension with Idaho Falls," said Royals Vice President/Assistant General Manager-Player Personnel J.J. Picollo. "We have a great relationship with their ownership, front office and fans and are proud of the successes we have shared together. We look forward to the coming years."

The Kansas City Royals and Idaho Falls Chukars announced a two-year extension to their Player Development Contract (PDC) on Saturday, extending the two clubs' partnership through the 2020 season.

"We are happy to announce our extension with Idaho Falls," said Royals Vice President/Assistant General Manager-Player Personnel J.J. Picollo. "We have a great relationship with their ownership, front office and fans and are proud of the successes we have shared together. We look forward to the coming years."

Idaho Falls has served as the Royals' Rookie-level affiliate since the 2004 season. A member of the Pioneer League, the Chukars won the league championship in 2013 and made another appearance in the league championship series in 2015. The club has called Melaleuca Field home since the 3,400-seat stadium opened prior to the 2007 season.  

The Chukars are currently 39-32 overall this year and trail Grand Junction by 2.0 games in the Pioneer League South standings as they head into the final week of the regular season. Eleven members of the Royals' current 25-man roster played a portion of their minor league careers in Idaho Falls. 

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Royals trade Lucas Duda to Atlanta for cash considerations

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have traded first baseman Lucas Duda to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations. 

Duda, 32, signed a one-year deal with the Royals as a free agent on February 28 of this year. He batted .242/.310/.413 (75-for-310) with 12 doubles, a triple, 13 homers and 48 RBI in 87 games with the club this season. The left-handed hitter has batted .257 (29-for-113) with four doubles, six homers and 22 RBI and a .459 slugging percentage in 31 games since the All-Star break. He's also hit .299/.353/.493 (43-for-144) with five doubles, a triple, seven homers and 28 RBI at Kauffman Stadium this season, which included hitting a three-run homer in his first at-bat as a Royal on Opening Day vs. the White Sox.

The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have traded first baseman Lucas Duda to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations. 

Duda, 32, signed a one-year deal with the Royals as a free agent on February 28 of this year. He batted .242/.310/.413 (75-for-310) with 12 doubles, a triple, 13 homers and 48 RBI in 87 games with the club this season. The left-handed hitter has batted .257 (29-for-113) with four doubles, six homers and 22 RBI and a .459 slugging percentage in 31 games since the All-Star break. He's also hit .299/.353/.493 (43-for-144) with five doubles, a triple, seven homers and 28 RBI at Kauffman Stadium this season, which included hitting a three-run homer in his first at-bat as a Royal on Opening Day vs. the White Sox.

This marks the second time Duda has been traded mid-season as last year, he was sent from the New York Mets to Tampa Bay on July 27.

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Royals announce 2019 Spring Training schedule

KANSAS CITY, MO (August 29, 2018) - In conjunction with Major League Baseball's release today of the 2019 exhibition schedule, the Kansas City Royals announced a 33-game exhibition slate. The club will begin its 17th season in the Cactus League on February 23 vs. Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium.

Kansas City's schedule features 15 home games at Surprise Stadium and two as the visiting team vs. the Texas Rangers on March 11 and 14.

KANSAS CITY, MO (August 29, 2018) - In conjunction with Major League Baseball's release today of the 2019 exhibition schedule, the Kansas City Royals announced a 33-game exhibition slate. The club will begin its 17th season in the Cactus League on February 23 vs. Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium.

Kansas City's schedule features 15 home games at Surprise Stadium and two as the visiting team vs. the Texas Rangers on March 11 and 14.

The Royals will play every Cactus League team at least twice, with the exception of Oakland, who they will play once. The Royals will matchup with Texas four times, and three times each vs. Colorado, San Diego and San Francisco. There are also four split-squad dates, in which the Royals will field a pair of teams and play two games on February 26, March 8, March 11 and March 16.

The Royals will travel to Werner Park in Omaha, Neb. on March 25 to complete their exhibition schedule with a game vs. their Triple-A affiliate Omaha Storm Chasers. Kansas City's exhibition game in Omaha last spring was cancelled due to weather. This year's matchup will be the Royals' first exhibition game vs. Omaha since 2000, when the franchise was known as the "Golden Spikes." The Royals will open the regular season at Kauffman Stadium on March 28 vs. the Chicago White Sox.

Individual Spring Training game tickets go on sale via an online pre-sale on Saturday, November 17 through royals.com/spring. Surprise Stadium will accept mail orders as well as online orders. For more information on Spring Training tickets or special packages, fans can call (623) 222-2222. The Surprise Stadium Box Office will open on Saturday, January 5 for walk-up purchases. Fans with questions about Spring Training tickets may call (623) 222-2222, beginning today.

A complete Spring Training schedule is attached. Report dates and games times will be announced at a later date.

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Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy hosts inaugural fundraising event

The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy will host its inaugural fundraising event, Queens of the Diamond, this Thursday, August 30. The event will feature 24 teams of women leaders from the Kansas City community competing in a softball tournament at the Academy, while enjoying a morning of networking and team-building. All proceeds from the event will directly fund girls' programming at the Academy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dayton Moore and Mayor Sly James during a morning program, as well as event honorary chairs Alex and Jamie Gordon during the lunch program.

With limited softball opportunities within the urban core of Kansas City, the Academy offers impactful athletic programs to girls while also helping them develop academically and socially into high-character leaders. The Academy's programs not only focus on growing the games of softball and baseball, but also educational supplementation, social opportunities and professional development. 

The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy will host its inaugural fundraising event, Queens of the Diamond, this Thursday, August 30. The event will feature 24 teams of women leaders from the Kansas City community competing in a softball tournament at the Academy, while enjoying a morning of networking and team-building. All proceeds from the event will directly fund girls' programming at the Academy. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hear from Royals Senior Vice President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Dayton Moore and Mayor Sly James during a morning program, as well as event honorary chairs Alex and Jamie Gordon during the lunch program.

With limited softball opportunities within the urban core of Kansas City, the Academy offers impactful athletic programs to girls while also helping them develop academically and socially into high-character leaders. The Academy's programs not only focus on growing the games of softball and baseball, but also educational supplementation, social opportunities and professional development. 

"We are honored that Kansas City's women leaders have chosen to come together to ensure lasting positive change for the girls in our community," said Darwin Pennye, Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy Executive Director. "We believe in the power of baseball and softball. Instilling a love for this sport and utilizing it to promote positive character development, academic enrichment, and improved health are the primary goals of the Academy. Without the tremendous support of the community through events like Queens of the Diamond, we could not achieve our mission." 

The event will feature teams sponsored by: C. Duryee Consulting, LLC; City of Kansas City, MO - Office of the Mayor; Commerce Bank; Hallmark Cards, Inc.; Husch Blackwell LLP; JE Dunn Construction; Kansas City Area Development Council; Kansas City Royals; Kansas City Southern; Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences; KCP&L; Metropolitan Community College; Midwest Sports Productions; Populous; Price Chopper; Research Medical Center; and Sprint/Samsung. Additional sponsors include: The Dayton Moore Family Foundation; Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; The University of Kansas Health System; Pepsi; CBIZ; Stinson Leonard Street; Aetna; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City; Burns & McDonnell Foundation; City of Kansas City, MO - Councilman Jermaine Reed; Mark One Electric Co., Inc.; Sunlighten; UMB Financial Corporation; UnitedHealthcare; Crestwood Equity Partners; Fusion Fitness; Jason Dalen and Kathleen Boyle Dalen; and Terracon Consultants, Inc.

The event, which will run from 7:30am to 1:30pm, will be closed to public, open only to ticketed attendees and the media.

 

About the Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy:

The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy officially opened in 2018 to serve its mission of empowering Kansas City's underserved youth through baseball and softball, as well as academic and social opportunities, to be the leaders of tomorrow. Through our programs, we will build a strong foundation for Academy participants, based on work ethic, leadership, responsibility, accountability, and moral principles. This foundation will allow Academy participants to acquire that unwavering strength of purpose that is the keynote of all individual success. For more information, find us on social media at www.facebook.com/KCMLBUrbanYouthAcademy or www.twitter.com/kc_uya or visit www.mlb.com/kcuya.

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Royals in the community

The Kansas City Royals will return home tonight to host the Cleveland Indians (August 24-26), then the Detroit Tigers (August 28-29) and Baltimore Orioles (August 31-September 2).  

Friday, August 24 -- Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
•    KCP&L VIP Kids -- The Royals and KCP&L will host foster care children and their families to select games throughout the season. Each child from FosterAdopt Connect will receive complimentary tickets, a special t-shirt and a free meal courtesy of ARAMARK and Papa John's Pizza. The special guests will also participate in a meet-and-greet with a Royals player in the Royals Interview Room at approximately 5:15 p.m. 

The Kansas City Royals will return home tonight to host the Cleveland Indians (August 24-26), then the Detroit Tigers (August 28-29) and Baltimore Orioles (August 31-September 2).  

Friday, August 24 -- Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
•    KCP&L VIP Kids -- The Royals and KCP&L will host foster care children and their families to select games throughout the season. Each child from FosterAdopt Connect will receive complimentary tickets, a special t-shirt and a free meal courtesy of ARAMARK and Papa John's Pizza. The special guests will also participate in a meet-and-greet with a Royals player in the Royals Interview Room at approximately 5:15 p.m. 

Saturday, August 25 -- Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 6:15 p.m.
•    Kennedys to host Group from Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS) -- Each Saturday, pitcher Ian Kennedy and his wife, Allison, host a group from the Kansas City area in a fully-catered Dugout Suite. This day, guests from TAPS will meet Kennedy prior to the game and receive a special gift from the family.  
•    Stars of the Classroom - Throughout the season, the Royals join Missouri Lottery to honor outstanding educators through the Missouri Lottery Stars of the Classroom recognition program. Prior to the game, Christa Bray, a special education teacher at Raytown Central Middle School, will be recognized for the positive impact she has made on her students. The Royals and the Missouri Lottery have honored teachers through the program since 2011. 

Sunday, August 26 -- Cleveland Indians vs. Royals, 1:15 p.m.
•     Umps Care -- The Royals partner with Major League Baseball umpires to offer memorable baseball experiences for children awaiting adoption and at-risk youth in mentoring programs. The children receive a VIP experience, including complimentary tickets, a baseball goody bag and the unique opportunity to step onto the field for a souvenir baseball and photo. 

Monday, August 27 -- Off Day

Tuesday, August 28 -- Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
•    Dream Factory -- Throughout the season, the Royals grant the wishes of Dream Factory children. These youngsters, who face life-altering challenges, will meet Royals players, watch batting practice from the dugout and enjoy the game and refreshments. Their Royals experience appears on the KMBC-TV (Channel 9) 10 p.m. newscast.  

Wednesday, August 29 -- Detroit Tigers vs. Royals, 1:15 p.m.

Thursday, August 30 -- Off Day
•    Queens of the Diamond -- The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy will hold its inaugural fundraising event, Queens of the Diamond, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event, which is chaired by Alex and Jamie Gordon, will feature 24 teams of Kansas City's women leaders competing in a softball tournament while networking, team-building and learning more about the KCUYA mission. All funds raised will benefit girls programming at the Academy. For more information, visit www.mlb.com/urbanyouthacademy.

Friday, August 31 -- Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 7:15 p.m.
•    Royals Charities Check Presentation -- Royals corporate partner Overhead Door Company of Kansas City will present a check for $25,000 to Royals Charities and Operations Breakthrough during pregame ceremonies. 

Saturday, September 1 -- Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 6:15 p.m.
•    Childhood Cancer Awareness Night -- The Royals and Royals Charities team up with Major League Baseball and three local pediatric cancer charities to honor survivors and raise awareness for pediatric cancer. Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, Noah's Bandage Project and Braden's Hope for Childhood Cancer will all be at The K to share information and accept donations. Proceeds from the Royals Charities 50/50 Raffle will support pediatric cancer awareness initiatives. The new 2018-2019 Braden's Hope Calendar featuring Royals players will be available for purchase in the Royals Charities Headquarters. Noah's Bandage Project will be collecting fun and colorful bandages at the Headquarters and Guest Services on the Plaza Level. And Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation will be selling lemonade for donations to their organization. All organizations will be represented inside Gate A - Left Field across from the Royals Hall of Fame.
•   Kennedys to host Group from Veterans Community Project KC in Dugout Suite 

Sunday, September 2 -- Baltimore Orioles vs. Royals, 1:15 p.m.

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