Chronological Tour: Stop 33

Kauffman Stadium

Home-plate entrance to Kauffman Stadium, Sep-2011.

Looking at the seating bowl through the famous fountains,. Aug-2005.

The fountains and video board (new in 2009) distract attention from I-70.

Quick Facts: Rating: 4 baseballs
Royals Stadium opened for business in 1973, housing the 1969 Kansas City expansion team that arrived after the Athletics, refugees from Philadelphia, moved on to Oakland.

The Royals played at Municipal Stadium, home of the A’s, from 1969-72 before moving into this ballpark, which is adjacent to Arrowhead Stadium, home of the NFL’s Chiefs. The park’s distinctive outfield fountains stretch across right field, and an additional fountain has been added to flank the video board in left field.

My first visit was on a Monday night in 1992, a “Royal Night” with reduced admissions. I returned and took the above photos in August 2005, during a Royals losing streak which reached 19 games before they snapped it in Oakland two weeks later.

Significant renovations took place prior to the start of the 2009 season; I revisited the park in 2011 and posted two of the above photos.

Main entrance, 2005 (before the latest renovation) | View from behind the plate, 2005
Game # Date League Level Result
66 Mon 17-Aug-1992 American MLB KANSAS CITY 6, Detroit 5
765 Sun 7-Aug-2005 American MLB Oakland 11, KANSAS CITY 0
830 Sun 6-Aug-2006 American MLB Minnesota 11, KANSAS CITY 5
1165 Sun 4-Sep-2011 American MLB Cleveland 9, KANSAS CITY 6
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