DESCRIPTION: 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” now experience modern facilities in addition to the tradition of Royals Baseball. Fresh off the Royals’ 2015 World Series win, Kauffman Stadium is one of the most energetic places in Kansas City.
ADDRESS: One Royal Way, Kansas City, MO 64129
LOCATION: 15 minutes east of downtown Kansas City
WEB SITE: www.royals.com
HOURS: On game days, the ticket office and call center are open 9 a.m.-6 p.m. (or game time, whichever is later) Mon.-Fri. and 9 a.m.-game time Sat.-Sun. On non-game days: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat. and Sun. The Outfield Experience will open one hour prior to the stadium gates.
Tours of the stadium are offered Mon.-Sat. until Sept. 30. Beginning Oct. 1, tours are available on Tues., Thurs. and Sat. Please check the Royals website for specific tour times. Please note: tours are not available on days with scheduled day games.
Games: Tickets range from $10 to $250 and may be purchased online through the Royals website, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS or in person at the ticket windows. Tickets are also available at Kansas City, Lawrence, Topeka and St. Joseph Hy-Vee Food Stores.
Tours: “The Legends”: $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for children (ages 4-12). “The All-Star”: $30 for adults, $27 for seniors and $22 for children. “The Grand Slam”: $55 for adults, $50 for seniors, $40 for children. Children 3 and under are admitted free for all tours.
ANNUAL ATTENDANCE: About 1.5 million
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 win and the 2015 World Series win. The stadium also hosted the 1973 and 2012 All-Star 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.
WHERE TO GET LUNCH: In addition to traditional ballpark concessions, other dining options inside the stadium include the Rivals Sports Bar, Belfonte’s Ice Cream Shop and Sweet Baby Rays barbecue.
HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES: The new Outfield Experience encourages visitors to test their baseball skills in the batting and pitching challenges. There is also a carousel and a five-hole, baseball-themed mini golf course, among other activities.
WHAT’S NEARBY: The neighboring Arrowhead Stadium is home to the Kansas City Chiefs. Missouri’s largest indoor water resort, CoCo Key, is also nearby.
WHAT’S NEW: Opened in 2015, Craft & Draft (located in left field) takes a new approach to the social experience of baseball. This unique “gastropub” features more than 75 varieties of craft beer and boasts a menu of fresh and local ingredients.
DID YOU KNOW: Kauffman Stadium has one of the largest hi-definition video boards 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.
Games: To order tickets for groups of 20 or more, call 816-504-4040 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Groups save money on Super Saver Games. Check the website for details.
Tours: Tours are available for groups of 10 or more. Groups of 30 or more will receive a $1 discount per person. Group tours are available 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat. Reservations are required. Contact the Tour Department at 816-504-4222 or email@example.com.
From the north: Take I-29/I-35 South and merge onto I-70 East. Take the Stadium exit at Blue Ridge Cutoff. The stadium is on the right.
From the south: Take US-71 or I-35 North to I-435 East/North. Take the Stadium exit. The stadium is on the left.
From the east: Take I-70 West and take the stadium exit at Blue Ridge Cutoff. The stadium is on the right.
From the west: Take I-70 East and take the Stadium exit at Blue Ridge Cutoff. The stadium is on the right.
PARKING: Stadium parking is $12 (cash only) with an additional cost for oversized vehicles. Lots open several hours prior to the scheduled first pitch.
PUBLIC RELATIONS CONTACT: Amanda Turk, coordinator of community affairs and publicity, 816-504-4395 or firstname.lastname@example.org.