The Kansas City Royals will celebrate their 44th season at Kauffman Stadium in 2016. Kauffman has always been one of the crown jewel ballparks of Major League Baseball. Having hosted 77,054,254 fans since 1973, "The K", with its signature look, has proudly stood the test of time.
The Royals drew a franchise record 2.7 million fans to Kauffman Stadium during the 2015 regular season. The park once again played host to the World Series as over the past four seasons, 'The K' has been showcased at the 2012 All-Star Game and a total of six games during the 2014 and 2015 Fall Classic.
After years of planning and design, the Royals unveiled an exciting $250 million renovation of a 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 touch each and every fan entering the park.
After debuting the spectacular 84' x 104' Crown Vision HD scoreboard for the 2008 season, the Royals put the finishing touches on one of the most majestic and visually exciting scoreboards in the world with a brand-new interactive crown rising about 40 feet above Crown Vision.
Upon entering through the larger and grander entrances, fans have a chance to explore the stadium via a 360-degree expanded concourse while still keeping tabs on the action on the field. An increase in both concessions and restrooms limit the time spent away from your seats.
The Outfield Experience provides the fans of Kansas City entertainment for all ages. In addition, the views of the field are spectacular and give fans several brand-new locations to take in a game. Unveiled in 2012 was the largest in-stadium solar array in MLB as part of an energy partnership with KCP&L. The 120 panels on the Outfield Experience canopy provide approximately 36,000 kWh of renewable energy each year. The outfield overhaul now gives Royals fans a chance to sit and enjoy the game from a venue not previously offered. The Outfield Box seats in left-center field sit directly behind the outfield wall and in front of the world-famous fountains. Those seats hug the Miller Lite Fountain Bar, which is built on the old JumboTron base.
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 has become among the most popular on hot summer days and nights since, at times, they are in the "splash zone" of the fountains powered by Grundfos.
The left-field area is home to the 7,000-square foot Hall of Fame presented by Commerce Bank, which opened in July of 2009. The Hall of Fame features numerous exciting and interactive exhibits as well as memorabilia that will delight Royals fans. FOX Sports Kansas City's pre and postgame shows take place in a new location on the concourse adjacent to the Royals Hall of Fame. Behind the Hall of Fame and fans will find the kids area complete with the 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 Blue Cross and Blue Shield Base Run and several kids-friendly food options, including Belfonte's Ice Cream Shop.
Also in left field this season will be the set for the Royals' official pre and postgame show, Royals Live on FOX 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 the Sweet Baby Rays BBQ and Rivals restaurant in right field, which boasts the 360 Baseline Bar and the Budweiser Patio. The second level of the stadium houses new Dugout concourses, concessions and restrooms.
The third level, or ground level of the stadium, feature wider concourses, fan amenities, the Diamond Club premium seating area and 5,000-square foot retail store.
The Loge Level has several suite options to fit any budget while the View Level has been completely renovated to include wider concourses, a food court, new concessions, new restrooms and a retail store. The new Kauffman Stadium has become a breathtaking fusion of energetic surroundings and an intimate place to watch Royals Baseball.