Kansas City Royals Stadium

Last Modified Feb 28, 2024 11:16 GMT
Kansas City Royals Stadium
Kansas City Royals Stadium


The Kansas City Royals represent the Central Division of the American League (AL) in Major League Baseball (MLB). Hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, United States, the team has been the World Series Champions twice so far (in 1985 and 2015). Furthermore, they also have been the AL West Division Champions six times and the AL Central Division Champions once till now. They have serious rivalries with the New York Yankees and the St. Louis Cardinals.


The Kansas City Royals had a below satisfactory performance in the 2023 MLB season under manager Matt Quatraro. They ranked #5 in AL Central Division and gained a win-loss-draw record of 56-106-0 in the season. Through 2023, the Royals have an all time Win-Loss record of 4,122-4,547-2 (.457).


What is the name of the Kansas City Royals Stadium?

Kansas City Royals Stadium
Kansas City Royals Stadium


Kauffman Stadium, also known as “The K”, is the official stadium for the Kansas City Royals in Major League Baseball (MLB). It is located in Kansas City, Missouri, United States and the team has been playing in this stadium since 1973. It is the 6th oldest baseball stadium and is the only stadium other than the Dodger Stadium that is built for only baseball games.


Kauffman Stadium History/Kauffman Stadium Construction and Cost

The construction of the Kauffman Stadium started on July 11, 1968. Unfortunately, the Kansas City Athletics’ relocation to Oakland, California, United States was not well-liked by the public. Political threats and outrage from the fans in Kansas forced the MLB to officially expand in Kansas before 1971. Thus, the Kansas City Royals team was formed and owned by Ewing Kauffman. The team played its first game in the stadium April 10, 1973. It was renamed to Kauffman Stadium on July 2, 1993 to honor the founder and owner of the Kansas City Royals.


The Kauffman Stadium is notable for having modernist style during the era of the cookie-cutter styles. The seats in the stadium provide a great view of the field. Despite the upper deck of the stadium being steep, they allow the fans to enjoy the games better. From 2007-2010, the Kauffman Stadium was renovated to suit it for the modern fans of the team.


One of the most popular features of their stadium is the 322 feet fountain near the right field, which is regarded as the largest privately owned fountain. The other important feature is the HD scoreboard called the “Crown Vision.” It is the 2nd largest scoreboard after the AT&T Stadium. Moreover, after the renovations, more features were added. These include a specialized area for children, a concourse on the outfield, four new gates, press box, fully themed restaurants and bars, group seats and a Hall of Fame Section.


The field in the stadium was originally made up of AstroTurf. However, it was changed to Kentucky Bluegrass or Perennial Ryegrass from 1995 onwards. The left field is 330 feet, the left center field is 387 feet, the center field is 410 feet, the right field is 330 feet, the right center field is 387 feet and the backstop is 60 feet.


It cost $70 million for the construction of the club in 1973, which would amount to $461 million as of 2022. For renovations, the cost was $250 million from 2007-2010, which is equal to $335 million as of 2022. The architect for the stadium was done by Kivett and Myers while the renovations were done by Populous in 2009.


Kauffman Stadium Capacity

The Kauffman Stadium currently has a capacity to support 37,903 fans. However, it can support around 40,625 fans standing. The record attendance of fans in the stadium took place during the ALCS Game 2 against the New York Yankees on October 9, 1980. The game was attended by 42,633 fans.


This is a look at the capacity of the stadium over the past years:


Years Capacity
1973-200240,625
2003-2004 40,793
2005-2009 40,785
2010-2011 37,840
2012-Present37,903


Kauffman Stadium Seating Chart

The following is the seating arrangement created for the fans in the Kauffman Stadium for the games.

Kauffman Stadium Seating Chart
Kauffman Stadium Seating Chart


The stadium seats have been covered with netting for the protection of the fans in certain sections. However, as per mlb.com, fans watching the game at the stadium are still at risk of getting injured by bats, balls or other equipment. Fans can get injured both with or without protection during the games. They can contact the Royals ticket office to know more about their seating arrangements.


The Kansas City Royals have all the seats in the stadium colored blue except one red seat behind the home plate. This is done to honor Buck O’Neil, a first baseman for the Kansas City Monarchs and later manager of the Negro League. The seat is located in section 127, Row C and is numbered 9 after the renovations. The seat for community nominated members who symbolize the spirit of Buck O’Neil during the games.


What is the parking cost at Kauffman Stadium? Parking Map

The following is the parking map for the Kansas City Royals game at Kauffman Stadium:

Parking Map
Kauffman Stadium, Parking Map


The Kauffman Stadium has determined different parking prices depending on the vehicles for the 2024 MLB season. As per mlb.com, the parking tickets must be purchased in advance. For online purchases, the cost of a general parking pass is $20, a reserved parking pass costs $30 and the cost for an oversized vehicle parking is $40.


In case the fans are not able to purchase parking tickets in advance, then they can be purchased at the stadium gate. In such cases, the cost for a general parking ticket is $30, a reserved parking ticket is $40 and an oversized vehicle parking ticket is $50. Credit card payments will be accepted at Gates 2-4, 5 or 6 toll booths.


Kauffman Stadium Notable Events

The Kauffman Stadium acts as a witness to several notable events regarding baseball throughout its existence so far. These are a few of such notable events at the venue:


DatesEvents
July 24, 1973 First MLB All-Star game was hosted in the stadium
October 14, 1980-October 21, 1980 First World Series Games was hosted in the stadium
October 27, 1985 The Kansas City Royals become the World Series Champions for the 1st time in the stadium
November 1, 2015The Kansas City Royals won their second World Series title and 4th AL pennant in this stadium


Since the Kauffman Stadium is made only for baseball games, non-baseball events only include music concerts. Here are some notable music concerts in the stadium over the years.


Dates Concerts Attendance
August 2, 1973 Three Dog Night NA
August 17, 1975 Fleetwood Mac perform as part of the Fleetwood Mac Tour NA
July 15, 1978 Van Halen perform as part of 1978 World Tour NA
September 1, 1979 REO Speedwagon perform as part of Nine Lives Tour 34,089
September 21, 2018 Billy Joel perform as part of Billy Joel in Concert 40,589
July 19, 2022 Def Leppard & The Motley Crue perform as part of The Stadium Tour NA
September 23, 2023 Guns N’ Roses perform as part of We’re F’N’ Back! Tour NA


FAQ's On Kansas City Royals Stadium

A. The current stadium of the Kansas City Royals is the Kauffman Stadium.

A. The Kauffman Stadium was opened on April 10, 1973.

A. The Kauffman Stadium is located in Kansas City, Missouri, United States.

A. The capacity of the Kauffman Stadium currently stands at 37,903 (as of February 2024).

A. The Kauffman Stadium was renovated between 2007-2010. 

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