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Kauffman Stadium

Kansas City, MO

Home of the Kansas City Royals

4.6

3.8

Kauffman Stadium (map it)
1 Royal Way
Kansas City, MO 64129


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Year Opened: 1973

Capacity: 37,903

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Opened in 1973, Kauffman Stadium is a baseball specific stadium which was built during a time when multi-purpose venues were en vogue. Kauffman Stadium is part of the Truman Sports Complex and shares land with Arrowhead Stadium, home of the NFL Kansas City Chiefs. Named Royals Stadium when it opened, it was renamed in honor of the Royals founding owner, Ewing Kauffman in 1993. The park is best known for the water fountains beyond the outfield wall, which were prominent when the park opened and remain today. Prior to the 1995 season, the artificial turf was replaced with natural grass.

A major renovation of Kauffman Stadium began in 2007 and came with a price tag of $250 million when completed prior to the 2009 season. Among the most prominent improvements were the installation of a high definition scoreboard, “Crown Vision”, an outfield concourse, kid’s area, and wider concourses. When Crown Vision was initially installed, it was the largest high-definition LED display in the world. It has since been surpassed by the board at Safeco Field.

Kauffman Stadium has been host to a Nolan Ryan no-hitter, a Royals World Series championship in 1985, 2 All-Star games, and the 2015 World Series championship.

The renovations and other features make Kauffman Stadium an attractive place to take in a game.

4.6

What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    5

There is something for everyone at Kauffman Stadium. Concessions are everywhere and seeing all that is offered takes a decent amount of time. Food ranges from the ballpark basics to more elaborate items and there are far too many options to mention them all.

Among the unique items is one of the newest editions to the menu, the aptly named Champions Alley Burger. This isn't your typical ballpark burger. Start with a cheese stuffed, tempura battered bacon burger. From there, add sweet slaw, chipotle ketchup, and a fried pickle to a farm or market roll. Pony up $19 and it's all yours. The Champions Alley Dog is the same thing using a footlong dog instead of a burger.

How about a beef short rib, pork, chicken or lamb skewer? Head out to the left field corner for foodie Andrew Zimmern's Canteen Links. Not a beer or soda fan? Add a Jamaican Hibiscus Punch to your skewer order while there.

While in Kansas City, give the BBQ a try. Pulled pork or chopped brisket fries are popular and quite tasty for $8. Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ options including a half-rack of ribs or burnt ends are available. For $9 you can get a specialty hot dog. You can go with anything from the All-Star BBQ dog to the Chicago dog to the Kansas City dog (sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and mustard). There is also a large selection of kosher, gluten-free, and other dietary type foods around the ballpark.

As for drinks, Pepsi products are the soda of choice here. Bottles of Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew, Dr. Pepper, and Root Beer are $5.75. For soda, your best bet is probably the large souvenir cup. For $8.50 you get the large cup and it comes with a free refill.

For the adults, there are plenty of drink options. From wine to souvenir margaritas to mixed drinks there is no shortage of choices. If you prefer to stay in your seat, you can buy beer from the vendors. Budweiser, Miller Lite, and Bud Light are among the options the vendors offer. If you choose to head to the concourse, your options increase greatly. Behind the center field video board is Leinenkugel's Leinie Lodge for the Leinenkugel fans. In the concourse behind home plate is Boulevard Pub. There you can get the regular domestics along with Stella Artois and various microbrews. Depending upon the size and container, beer will cost anywhere from about $7 for a regular domestic draft up to $12 for a souvenir domestic draft.

Atmosphere    5

For a baseball stadium that screams baseball, there is so much more to do than watch the game. There is a large kids area that stretches from left field to center field beyond the outfield concourse. Batting cages, mini golf, a whiffle ball field, playground equipment, and a carousel are among the choices kids have. Some of the choices are free while others have a cost. Additionally, there is a concessions area that caters strictly to kids in the kids area.

The left field concourse also houses the must-see Royals Hall of Fame. Upon entrance to the building, a man dressed in old-time baseball garb is giving a history of baseball in Kansas City. As you enter the display area, bats, uniforms, and other memorabilia of Royals greats line the walls and display cases. Also included is a history of stadiums and baseball in Kansas City as well as uniforms and memorabilia from other great players to come through Kansas City with other major league teams.

All the seats in the stadium give a great view of the field, the video screen, and the fountains. The views are tremendous and add to the enjoyment of the game. All the ancillary activity does not take away from the experience of watching the baseball game. When you are in your seat, the stadium is built to isolate you from all activities in the outfield concourse and the focus is strictly baseball.

The numerous activities, things to see, and a great presentation of the game, make the atmosphere very tough to beat.

Neighborhood    4

You'd be hard pressed to find anything remotely interesting immediately surrounding the stadium. However, a few miles down the road is downtown Kansas City and has everything imaginable.

This is Kansas City, and the two barbecue kings are Arthur Bryant's and Gates. Gates is closer to the stadium and is about two miles away on highway 40. A couple pointers if you go to Gates; be prepared to order ASAP and remember to order sides. Food is prepared when ordered so lines stack up when busy and you could be tenth in line but they will still take your order. When ordering, most dishes do not come with sides. For instance, when you order chicken, you get chicken. The food is tremendous and a trip to Gates is worth the quick learning curve you must have. Arthur Bryant's also comes highly recommended and is about seven miles away from the stadium.

About six miles away is the crown jewel of Kansas City and an absolute must for any baseball fan. A visit to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is worth the trip to Kansas City all by itself. Admission is $10, a bargain for the trip through a historical period that changed the game. No pictures are allowed to be taken in the museum. On display are old uniforms, player contracts, posters promoting games, and so much more, it would be impossible to mention everything. A huge display of autographed baseballs of players who appeared in the leagues are also on display. Leave yourself at least an hour to get through it but if time is not an issue, much more could be spent.

If looking to stay close to the stadium, Drury Inn and Four Points by Sheraton are located across the street from Kauffman.

Fans    5

There are a couple things very noticeable about the Kansas City fans. First, they love their baseball team. The fans are engaged in the game from the first pitch and appear more knowledgeable about the ebbs and flows of a game than fans at some other major league parks. With the recent success of the team, the crowds are larger and they make more noise, making for a fun atmosphere.

Fans in Kansas City are also pleasantly conscious of not impeding others from enjoying the game. Fans do their best to stay out of each other's way and even help when the occasion is called for. The friendliness of the fans toward each other is very noticeable and adds to the relaxed atmosphere at the game.

Access    4

Kauffman Stadium is very easy to get to. Located just off I-70, it can be accessed by taking either the East Stadium Drive or Blue Ridge Cutoff exits.

There is an enormous amount of parking available and it is just $12 per car. The Royals do a good job having plenty of people directing traffic although the wait to get out of the parking lot after the game can sometimes take a while since the stadium is generally full.

Concourses inside the stadium are wide and easy to maneuver. All the sections are clearly marked so finding a seat shouldn't be a problem. Additionally, there are plenty of ushers to assist with any questions you may have. Restrooms are located throughout the stadium. They are clean and sufficient for the crowd so standing in a line is rarely an issue. Handicap access is not an issue as the elevators, ramps to upper decks, and restrooms have a lot of room.

Return on Investment    4

Getting a Royals ticket isn't as easy as it used to be. Ticket prices vary depending on day of the week and opponent but tickets generally run from about $30 up. With the scores of food choices, all priced along the lines of the other stadiums, the money is a reasonable investment for the enjoyment received while attending a game at Kauffman Stadium.

Extras    5

At least one extra point for being in the same town as the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. I can't stress enough how impressive and moving the museum is. Don't miss it.

The view of the high definition video board and surrounding fountains get another point. It is amazing.

The Royals do a fabulous job with their Hall of Fame. With two World Series trophies amongst all the other great memorabilia, it's a must see when attending a game.

In left field, there are statues of George Brett, Dick Howser, and Frank White, the three Royals who have their numbers retired, along with Ewing Kauffman.

Each game, the Royals honor a Veteran by giving four tickets and having an in-game tribute for the individual. It's a touching tribute that gets a great response from the crowd. Coupled with that is the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat in which the Royals honor a person that embodies the spirit of Buck O'Neil.

Final Thoughts

Coming off a 2015 World Series championship, the quality baseball the Royals are currently playing enhances what is already a great stadium experience. While it doesn't have the historic lore of a Wrigley Field or Fenway Park, a trip to Kauffman Stadium should be on the bucket list for any baseball fan.

Was not thrilled with my visit here in May, 2010

Hall of Fame Experience: The Hall of Fame is a wonderful idea. I love reading and seeing baseball history. And there was plenty of that in the Royals HOF. However, there was way too much audio interference while strolling through the museum. I'd be reading one display and then hearing a video clip (or three) from the ones behind or next to me. It caused me to lose concentration and not enjoy it as I think I would have.

Tailgating: Tailgating was allowed. The parking lot looked like a pig sty after the game. Apparently, Royals fans don't know how to walk to the many dumpsters provided and discard their trash. Instead, they left it right in the parking lot. This put a very big damper to my visit here.

Bud Light Party Deck: Had to wait 15 min for someone to even acknowledge me. And then, there was a poor choice of beer selection. I left. I did find a better beer stand on the concourse with the choices I like.

by megminard | Dec 10, 2010 01:58 PM

Going to Kansas City

We really enjoyed our visit to Kauffman Stadium.Parking was a breeze,seeing how we arrived early to take in the Outfield Experience.The kids really loved the Experience they have everything from a 5 hole mini-golf course to your basic pitching and hitting games.They even have a little field in which the kids can take some swings. Everything out there costs a dollar.For adults the Royals Hall of Fame is a must see.You start off with a 15 to 20 minute video, sitting in whats supposed to be the Royals dugout.Then you can see Cy Young awards to the World Series Trophy, and everything in between.My favorite was the #5 made of baseballs in relation to the number of George Bretts hits. Thats alot of baseballs.

Neighborhood: There really is not much to do around the stadium.But if you head down to 18th and Vine you can check out the Negro Leagues Museum.I have to say I was a little disappointed in it. I was expecting alot more,still worth it though.Plus your only a couple of blocks from Arthur Bryant's.If your a college basketball fan you have to head downtown to the Sprint Center for the College Basketball Experience(CBE).It's full of interactive stuff along with the Hall of Fame.

by mattyb | Sep 23, 2011 11:05 AM

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Crowd Reviews

The K

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Inaugurated on April 10, 1973, Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium is the longtime home of the Kansas City Royals. Simply known as "The K" or "Kauffman" to regulars, it is located at the Truman Sports Complex along with the Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium.

Though the Royals have arguably been Major League Baseball's most downtrodden franchise since their lone World Series win in 1985, one would hardly know it given Kauffman's tremendous combination of originality and amenities new and old. Already one of the most unique venues in baseball, The K underwent a massive face-lift completed in time for Opening Day 2009. Given the fantastic new additions to a ballpark that already carried a solid reputation, it's no surprise Kansas City was selected to host July's 2012 MLB All-Star Game.

Led by an abnormally large group of talented youngsters, the Royals look poised for a long-awaited playoff berth within the near future. Their coming success should be met with open arms by fans across the country, as a venue like Kauffman Stadium deserves not just an All-Star Game, but a national spotlight for a wealth of October baseball.

Baseball & BBQ- Kansas City's Kauffman Stadium

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Any quality trip to Kauffman Stadium requires a stop at one of the city's many Barbecue restaurants; in the vicinity of the K the options only get sweeter.

If you're coming from the southern portion of the Metro area, one should consider hitting up LC's Bar-B-Q at 5800 Blue Parkway. Their self-described tangy home style sauce provides great flavor for any of your meaty favorites. Ribs, beef, pork, turkeyâ?¦you can't go wrong.

While LC's is great, Arthur Bryant's at 1727 Brooklyn Avenue is other-worldly. Evidence of Politicians, athletes and actors being hosted at the restaurant is draped on the walls. Any restaurant this historic deserves respect, and when you taste the meats from their aged smoker you'll recognize why. Again, order anything on the menu but be prepared for tremendous portion.

After pre-game preparations, it's time to see the new K; in the midst of a midlife crisis, Kauffman Stadium had a facelift. While many of these butcher jobs are obvious patchworks, this overhaul resulted in seamless rejuvenation. Perks like a sports bar, hall-of-fame and expanded vending options were added. An entire "Outfield Experience" was constructed in a former dead-space area; it is equipped with standing room views within the famous outfield fountains, new seating, kids play area with a mini-Kauffman Stadium to play on, a tremendous HD video board, picnic area sporting famous Kansas City barbecue, and bars in both left and right field. If all of that isn't enough, the new K boasts mini-HDTV's by concession stands, new monuments and more frequent and cleaner - albeit more cumbersome - restrooms throughout.

Among all these new perks, the two biggest additions to the stadium were the Hall-of-Fame in left field and Rivals Sports Bar in right field. The Hall-of-Fame boasts several uniquely Kansas City pieces of memorabilia like George Brett's "pine tar incident" bat, Brett Saberhagen's hat from his no-hitter and the 1985 World Series Trophy.

Rivals Sports Bar boasts a full menu bar from its view in right - above the unique bullpen the stadium has possessed since its inception. The lower level is open to the public every game and the upper deck is available for large parties - when it is not rented the public is free to use it. If you are lucky enough to snag a table in Rivals, you are guaranteed to have a good view of the ballgame. Additionally, the pre and post game shows are anchored from there

Kauffman has always been home of one of the most beautiful fields in baseball. Even when the Astroturf was rolled out, head groundskeeper George Toma kept it neatly swept. Once the grass came back to Kansas City, the K was immediately upgraded. Unfortunately, what followed was the plastering of tacky sponsor signs around the outfield wall reminiscent of a Minor League ballpark. That, as much as anything else, made this recent revamping necessary. Since advertising is essential in this modern sports age, several video boards were installed that flash advertisements and game information while the number of billboards and banners has been reduced allowing attention to refocus on the striking field.

Come for the BBQ

Total Score: 3.00

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 2
  • Neighborhood: 4
  • Fans: 2
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 3
  • Extras: 3

My visit to Kauffman was about 3 years ago, and my most vivid memories are of Arthur Bryant's BBQ, and not the ballpark. That doesn't mean its a bad place to see a game, it just means there isn't anything that sticks with you. Maybe it's just a good excuse to go back again.

Much better than I thought it would be

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 0
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

On business in the area and went to catch a game. Walk up ticket was dirt cheap, $20 and 7 rows up behind home plate. Great concessions and atmospehere, especially at its age. Only problem is the place is surrounded by a whole bunch of nothing. All in all, a surprisingly good stadium and experience.

Kansas City Royal Baseball at Kauffman Stadium

Total Score: 4.43

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 4
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Opened in 1973, Kauffman Stadium is a baseball specific stadium which was built during a time when multi-purpose venues were en vogue. Kauffman Stadium is part of the Truman Sports Complex and shares land with Arrowhead Stadium, home of the NFL Kansas City Chiefs. Named Royals Stadium when it opened, it was renamed in honor of the Royals founding owner, Ewing Kauffman, in 1993. The park is best known for the water fountains beyond the outfield wall which were prominent when the park opened and remain today. Prior to 1995, the artificial turf was replaced with natural grass. Kauffman Stadium has been host to a Nolan Ryan no-hitter, a Royals World Series championship in 1985, and two all-star games, the latest coming in 2012.

A major renovation of Kauffman Stadium began in 2007 and came with a price tag of $250 million when completed prior to the 2009 season. Among the most prominent improvements were the installation of a high definition scoreboard, “Crown Vision”, an outfield concourse, kid’s area, and wider concourses. When Crown Vision was initially installed, it was the largest high-definition LED display in the world. It has since been surpassed by the board at Safeco Field. The renovations and other features make Kauffman Stadium an attractive place to take in a game.

Kauffman Stadium

Total Score: 3.57

  • Food & Beverage: 3
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 3
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 3

Much like Miller Park in Milwaukee, tailgating is a fun thing before attending a game here. The parking lots were well kept with ample refuse bins.

The fountains certainly lived up to the billing and the crown atop the scoreboard was made of individual rectangles that looked really cool in the light. The concourses were wide and spotless. Overall, this was the cleanest MLB park I've seen.

The K

Total Score: 5.00

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Food & Beverage: Awesome selection of both

Atmosphere: This was probably my favorite MLB experience and I've been to quite a few ballparks. If you sit by the fountains on a hot KC summer day, the mist is refreshing

Neighboorhood: Ballparks that are outside of the city have advantages and disadvantages. Sometimes the backdrop can be a bit boring but The K makes up for that with the fountains and the giant crown scoreboard. It is very easy to access which is a plus

Fans: Royals fans are the greatest

Access: Extremely easy to access from any direction

Return: Tickets are really cheap. You will definitely get your money's worth and then some

Extras: There's an entire kids area beyond the outfield wall. There's the party porch, hall of fame, restaurants with awesome views. What more could you ask for?

Be Royal

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 5
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 5

Kauffman Stadium, located in the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri, is part of the Harry S. Truman Sports Complex along with adjacent Arrowhead Stadium. Kauffman Stadium has served as home to the Royals since 1973, making it the sixth oldest ballpark in the major leagues. Built during a time when multi-sport, cookie-cutter stadiums were being erected across the country, Kauffman Stadium stood out among these donut-shaped monstrosities at the time of construction, and has outlasted most of them as well.

Originally named Royals Stadium and renamed in honor of longtime owner Ewing Kauffman in 1993, the stadium underwent extensive renovations that were completed in 2009 at a cost of $250 million. These renovations have touched many parts of the ballpark, including the outfield concourse, concessions, scoreboard, fountains, press facilities, ticket gates, and Royals Hall of Fame. As a result, capacity of Kauffman Stadium was actually decreased at this time.

Royals v ChiSox Sept 16-17 2014

Total Score: 4.00

  • Food & Beverage: 4
  • Atmosphere 5
  • Neighborhood: 1
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 5
  • Extras: 4

Great pricing, good food, and traffic not that bad. However I'm spoiled by the neighborhoods at STL and Chicago Cubs as there is nothing much else in the area and it is a way from the city center, something I find OK for football but a negative for baseball. Also a factor when game is long and people had to leave for the commute due to school or work. That did not affect me as I stayed at the nearby Drury that could be seen from the outfield. I was there to the end of both games including one that set a nine-inning club record for length of a game. I liked the Royals Hall of Fame in the outfield.

Forever Royal

Total Score: 4.14

  • Food & Beverage: 5
  • Atmosphere 4
  • Neighborhood: 2
  • Fans: 5
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 5

Most of what outsiders know about Kansas CIty is BBQ, BBQ, and “Hey, isn’t that where Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz lived?” If it’s not a BBQ or Wizard of Oz reference, then it’s something about how terrible the Kansas City Royals have been since their lone World Series championship in 1985. The Kansas City Royals are no longer an embarrassment to the city, but are perhaps the most famous ambassadors of the “Paris on the Plains.” In 2014, the Royals made an improbable run to the postseason, winning an extra-innings wildcard game, sweeping two American league series, and falling just short of a World Championship in Game 7, held at the underrated Kauffman Stadium.

Now, the Royals are one of the most talked about teams in the MLB, improbable favorites to return to the World Series, and are certainly enjoying their time in the spotlight. Nowhere does that light shine brighter than KC, which has completely fallen in love with this team and what they represent. Mostly homegrown players who win with grit and small-ball tactics, they are beloved by one of baseball’s smaller markets, tired of being overshadowed by the cross-state rival red birds. The team’s 2015 slogan has been “Forever Royal,” and with a palace like Kauffman Stadium, the kingdom is bound to reign for ages.

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