Kauffman Stadium is home to the Major League Baseball team in Kansas City, the Royals. Royals Stadium has been attracting fans to the ballpark since 1973, and while other baseball teams were quick to knock down their historic stadiums in favor of something more modern, fans and critics agree that Kauffman Stadium has stood the test of time. Baseball fans who purchase Kauffman Stadium tickets often walk away from the game saying that Kansas City has one of the most beautiful ballparks in Major League Baseball. Thinking about checking it out for yourself? Book your tickets early and bring the whole family along for a day enjoying one of America’s favorite pastimes and some famous Kansas City barbecue.
Royals Stadium was officially renamed in 1993, after Ewing M. Kauffman, the Royals' founding owner. Other changes have taken place over the years to enhance the experience including outfield fences that were moved back ten feet and replacing the artificial surface with a grass playing field. These improvements have made Kauffman Stadium one of the most spacious in the league. Another interesting feature about the ballpark is its fountain. Royals Stadium boasts the largest privately funded fountain in the world. At 322 feet wide, this sight constantly impresses stadium visitors.
In 2007, a major renovation of the stadium began. The last game in the old Kauffman stadium was played in September 2008. The refurbished ballpark may have a smaller seating capacity, but it has improved amenities. There are now more options for Kauffman Stadium tickets including more suites. All fans will notice other improvements to the stadium including a wider concourse, more ticket windows, more extensive dining and lounge options, and much-improved amenities for kids. Now more than ever, Kauffman Stadium tickets are a real treat for the entire family.
Amenities for kids include a pitching mound, batting challenge, and base run for kids. A carousel, playground, and game lounge round out the amenities for kids. Wondering if any of the refurbishments were planned for adults? The renovation included plenty of improvements for fans of all ages, including a new restaurant and more restroom facilities. Rival Sports Bar offers a relaxed environment for before, during, or after the game. Grab a cheesesteak or pulled pork sandwich and relax with a beer all while gazing down at excellent views of the playing field.
If you're looking for Kansas City hotels near Kauffman Stadium, there are many affordable choices located near the stadium. Popular choices include a Holiday Inn, Fairfield Inn, Residence Inn, and Sheraton. Hotels do book quickly for big games, so don’t wait too long before making your reservation. Most fans arrive at the ballpark by car, and there is ample parking available. Be sure to arrive early to take advantage of the Outfield Experience—Kauffman Stadium set out to make a day at the ballpark more than just a day at the ballpark, and with kids activities, concessions, and flat-screen TVs they have succeeded. Stadium tours are also available and grant visitors access to normally private areas such as dugouts and locker rooms. Tours are not available on game day, and it is recommended to purchase your tickets in advance if this is on your list of things to do in Kansas City.