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Kauffman Stadium
Kauffman Stadium
The K
Kauffman Stadium logo.png
Kauffman Stadium in 2017
Kansas City is located in the United States
Kansas City
Kansas City
Location within the United States
Kansas City is located in Missouri
Kansas City
Kansas City
Kansas City (Missouri)
Former namesRoyals Stadium (1973-1993)
Address1 Royal Way
LocationKansas City, Missouri
Coordinates39°03?04?N 94°28?48?W / 39.051°N 94.48°W / 39.051; -94.48Coordinates: 39°03?04?N 94°28?48?W / 39.051°N 94.48°W / 39.051; -94.48
Public transitBus interchange KCATA: Route 47[1]
OperatorJackson Sports Complex Authority
Capacity37,903 (2009)[2]
with standing room at least
40,625 (1973)
Record attendance41,860 (July 26, 1980,
vs. New York Yankees)[3][4]
Field sizeLeft Field - 330 ft (101 m)
Left-Center - 387 ft (118 m)
Center Field - 410 ft (125 m)
Right-Center - 387 ft (118 m)
Right Field - 330 ft (101 m)
Backstop - 60 ft (18 m) KauffmanStadiumDimensions.svg
SurfaceKentucky bluegrass / Perennial ryegrass (1995-present)
AstroTurf (1973-1994)
Broke groundJuly 11, 1968; 53 years ago (1968-07-11)[3]
OpenedApril 10, 1973; 48 years ago (1973-04-10)
Construction cost$70 million
($408 million in 2020 dollars[5])

$250 million
(2007-10 renovations)
($297 million in 2020 dollars[5])
ArchitectKivett and Myers
(renovations 1997, 2009)
Structural engineerBob D. Campbell & Co. Structural Engineers[6]
General contractorSharp-Kidde-Webb JV[7]
Kansas City Royals (MLB) (1973-present)

Kauffman Stadium , often called "The K", is a baseball park located in Kansas City, Missouri. It is home to the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). It is part of the Truman Sports Complex together with the adjacent Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League (NFL). The ballpark is named for Ewing Kauffman, the founder and first owner of the Royals. It opened in 1973 as Royals Stadium and was named for Kauffman twenty years later on July 2, 1993. Since its last major renovation in 2009, the ballpark's listed seating capacity is 37,903.

Kauffman Stadium was built specifically for baseball during an era when building multisport "cookie-cutter" stadiums was commonplace. It is often held up along with Dodger Stadium (1962) in Los Angeles as one of the best examples of modernist stadium design. It is currently the only ballpark in the American League to be named after a person and is also one of nine stadiums in Major League Baseball that does not have a corporate-sponsored name. The stadium is the sixth-oldest stadium in the majors and has hosted the 1973 and the 2012 MLB All-Star Games, along with Royals home games during the 1980, 1985, 2014, and 2015 World Series. Between 2007 and 2009, Kauffman Stadium underwent a $250 million renovation, which included updates and upgrades in fan amenities, a new Royals hall of fame area, and other updates throughout the facility.[2]


In 1967, voters in Jackson County approved the bonds for Truman Sports Complex, which featured a football stadium for the Kansas City Chiefs and a baseball stadium for the Kansas City Athletics, whose owner, Charles O. Finley, had just signed a new lease to remain in Kansas City. This was a very unusual proposal; conventional wisdom at the time held that separate football and baseball stadiums were not commercially viable. Before the 1968 season, however, Finley moved the A's to Oakland, California, and their brand-new multi-purpose stadium.[8]

Sunday, September 19, 1976. Chris Knapp of the White Sox pitches against Royals' outfielder Tom Poquette; KC won 6-5.

After the move, Senator Stuart Symington of Missouri threatened to press for the revocation of baseball's anti-trust exemption if they did not give Kansas City a new team. Baseball responded by hastily granting expansion franchises to four cities, including a Kansas City team owned by local pharmaceutical magnate Ewing Kauffman. The new teams were due to start to play in 1971. However, Symington was not about to have Kansas City wait three years for the return of baseball, and forced MLB to move up the start date to 1969. (The other expansion team in the American League, the Seattle Pilots, were without a suitable stadium in 1969 and the accelerated schedule forced by Symington led to their bankruptcy after just one season; they became the Milwaukee Brewers during spring training in 1970. With lawsuits pending, Seattle returned to the majors with the Mariners in 1977.)

Jackson County continued its plans to build a new ballpark. Like the rest of the complex, it was designed by Kivett and Myers, and constructed by the joint venture of the Sharp, Kidde, and Webb construction firms.[9] After four seasons in Municipal Stadium, Royals Stadium was opened in 1973 with a 12-1 win over the Texas Rangers on April 10.[8][10][11] Five weeks later, Nolan Ryan of the California Angels threw the first of his seven no-hitters, blanking the Royals 3-0, three walks away from a perfect game.[8][12][13] [14] Two months later on July 24, the stadium hosted the first of its two All-Star Games.[8]

Following the 1976 regular season, the Royals competed in the first postseason game of their eight-year history on October 9, but lost 4-1 at home to the New York Yankees in the ALCS. The Royals won the next game 6-3 on October 10 for their first postseason win in Royals Stadium.[8]

View of the stadium in 1981.

The first World Series game held in Kansas City was on October 17, 1980, against the Philadelphia Phillies. In the first inning, George Brett hit a home run down the right field line, and the Royals recorded their first-ever World Series win, 4-3 in ten innings,[15] but lost the Series in six games.[8][16]

On October 11, 1985, in Game 3 of the ALCS, Brett hit two home runs off Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Doyle Alexander, made a back-handed stop at third base to throw out a runner at home, and recorded the final out to give the Royals a much-needed 6-5 win. The Royals went on to win the American League pennant in seven games.[8]

Two weeks later, on October 27, the Royals clinched their first World Series title in franchise history, winning Game 7 in Royals Stadium. Led by the pitching of Bret Saberhagen, Darryl Motley's two-run home run, and George Brett's four hits, the Royals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 11-0; Motley caught the title-clinching out. The Royals were the first team in the history of the World Series to lose the first two games of the series at home and come back to win.[8]

View of the stadium during the National Anthem at the 2012 All-Star Game

In 2012, the stadium hosted its second All-Star Game, which the National League won 8-0.[17]

The stadium hosted the Royals' first playoff game in nearly 29 years when the city's former team, the Athletics, came to town in 2014 for the Wild Card Game. Despite trailing 7-3 in the eighth inning, Kansas City rallied to win 9-8 and advanced to the ALDS.[18] They won their ALDS, the ALCS, and hosted Games 1, 2, 6, and 7 of the World Series, but fell to the San Francisco Giants.

In 2015, Kansas City returned to the playoffs, this time as the top seed in the American League. Games 1, 2, and 5 of the ALDS against the Houston Astros were played at the stadium, with the Royals winning Games 2 and 5, as well as Games 1, 2, and 6 of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays, with the Royals winning all three games. The stadium hosted games 1 and 2 of the World Series against the New York Mets as a result of the American League winning the All-Star Game 6-3. The Royals won Game 1 (5-4 in 14 innings) and game 2 (7-1), as well and closed out the Mets in five games. In 2020, Kansas City-based design firm Pendulum unveiled a concept for a potential new downtown Kansas City Royals Ballpark, showing an intimate facility with unique amenities.[19]


Kauffman Stadium as it appeared prior to 2009 renovations
Newly renovated on opening day 2009
Folding seats in the Kauffman Stadium

Kauffman Stadium was the only baseball-only park built in the majors (not counting temporary facilities) from 1966 to 1991. It was one of the few baseball-only facilities built in the majors during the heyday of the cookie-cutter stadium era, and is one of two such facilities (with Dodger Stadium) that are still active and were never converted for use as multi-purpose stadiums.1

Although a baseball-only facility, its design took several stylistic cues from the multi-purpose stadiums of the day, plus the Googie style that was more prevalent in the decades prior. The main stadium itself is primarily concrete, with a smooth, uncovered concrete facade. The stands wrap around the infield and end at the foul poles, with smaller bleacher sections (or "outfield plazas," as the Royals call them) in the outfield. In their book, The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip, Josh Pahigian and Kevin O'Connell wrote that it is essentially one-third of a cookie-cutter stadium, containing only the seats in a cookie-cutter stadium that provide the best views for baseball.[20] The upper deck is quite steep, though not as high as other parks built during this time. Many minor-league stadiums built in the 1980s and early 1990s, as well as Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, employ a similar design.

By 2000, all of the seats were replaced by blue seats, the lower section seating also getting cupholders.

The park's best-known feature is the fountain and waterfall display (known as the Water Spectacular) behind the right-field fence. At 322 feet (98 m), it is the largest privately funded fountain in the world.[20] The fountains are on display before and after the game and between innings, while the waterfalls are constantly flowing.

Giants vs Royals, 10 August 2014

When the stadium was originally built, Kansas City was the westernmost major league city other than those along the Pacific Coast (1,600 mi. [2,600 km] away), which was a major reason why the Royals initially decided to use a faster-draining AstroTurf surface.[21] The Royals' home territory included a large swath of the Great Plains and Rockies, and Kauffman didn't want fans who drove many hundreds of miles to go home without seeing the game completed. The Truman Sports Complex's legendary groundskeeper, George Toma, best known as the head groundskeeper for every Super Bowl, thus had the job of maintaining two carpets for most of his career. He also maintained the surface at Arrowhead Stadium, which had AstroTurf from 1972 through 1993. However, Toma has said that artificial turf requires a good deal of maintenance as well; his crews were able to keep Royals Stadium's original carpet for two decades, somewhat longer than the typical lifetime for outdoor artificial turf.[22] This is also due to the fact that Kauffman Stadium has never hosted a football game, and has no movable seating, thus avoiding the wear and tear typical of cookie-cutter stadiums.

The arrival of the expansion Colorado Rockies in 1993 removed virtually all of the western portion of the Royals' once-vast home territory. Partly due to this, the stadium's AstroTurf was replaced by grass for the 1995 season. As part of the project, four-inch (10 cm) perforated tiles were installed at 12.5-foot (3.8 m) centers across the entire field. As a result, the current grass field drains very well. Many newer facilities (and some older facilities through retrofitting) have similar drainage systems to minimize downtime after rain delays.

In 2014, the Royals started placing a "W" on the Hall of Fame wall for every home win, similar to the Chicago Cubs hoisting a white flag with a blue "W" at Wrigley Field for every Cub home win.


Aerial view in August 2013

On April 4, 2006, Jackson County voters approved a 0.375% sales tax increase to fund plans to renovate the Truman Sports Complex. As part of this measure, every Jackson County residential address was to receive vouchers good for 50% off two tickets at Royals games on certain nights. The construction began with a ceremonial groundbreaking inside Kauffman Stadium on October 3, 2007, with completion of Kauffman Stadium in time for Opening Day in 2009, and full renovation of the complex (including nearby Arrowhead Stadium) by 2010, depending upon cost overruns. The team committed to a lease that will keep them in Kansas City until 2030, an extension of their current lease expiration of 2015. The improvements to Kauffman Stadium included the following:

  • Reducing capacity to 37,903
  • New HD scoreboard, dubbed "Crown Vision" and control room
  • Fountain view terraces
  • Outfield concourse
  • Kids' area
  • Taste of KC
  • Right field sports bar-themed restaurant
  • Left field hall of fame and conference center
  • New group sales areas
  • Wider concourses
  • New and upgraded concession and toilet amenities on all concourses
  • Enhanced vertical circulation to all levels
  • Four new entry ticket gates
  • New press facilities

The new HD scoreboard was one of the first features to be installed.[23] It replaced both the old matrix board in the shape of the Royals logo that had been in the park since its opening, along with the video board that had been installed in 1989. The new scoreboard was ready for Opening Day 2008. It is 84 feet (26 m) wide and 105 feet (32 m) tall, and was, at the time it entered service, the largest high-definition LED display in the world.[24] The Kauffman Stadium screen was eventually surpassed by the new scoreboard at Seattle's T-Mobile Park in 2013.[25] The display was assembled in 55 separate segments, including an active bottom taper to resemble the shield in the Royals logo. The video scoreboard alone cost $8.3 million, and the control room that operates it is staffed with 17 people on game days.[26] It was adorned with a crown during the 2008 offseason, giving it an appearance similar to the old matrix board. Strobe lights atop the crown flash after every Royals home run.

A second proposal on the April 2006 ballot would have installed a rolling roof at the Truman Sports Complex. The roof could have been moved to cover either Kauffman Stadium or Arrowhead Stadium when needed. The measure failed at the polls.


Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue Notes
August 17, 1975 Fleetwood Mac -- Fleetwood Mac Tour -- -- This concert was part of the Summer Jam Festival.
July 15, 1978 Van Halen -- 1978 World Tour -- $423,904 This concert was part of the Summer Jam Festival.
September 1, 1979 REO Speedwagon -- Nine Lives Tour 34,089[27] -- This concert was part of the Summer Jam Festival.[28]
September 21, 2018 Billy Joel -- Billy Joel in Concert 40,589 / 40,589 $4,500,565 First Concert at the ballpark in 39 years.[29]

Buck O'Neil legacy seat

The O'Neil legacy seat.

Beginning with the 2007 season, the Royals had a red seat placed in the stadium amongst the all-blue seats behind home plate to honor Buck O'Neil. Every game, there will be a person who embodies the spirit of Buck O'Neil selected from community nominees to sit in that seat, formerly occupied by O'Neil. The seat is located behind home plate in what was Section 101, Row C, Seat 1, until 2008. Due to the stadium renovations and accompanying section renumbering in 2009, the seat number is now Section 127, Row C, Seat 9, and the seat bottom is now padded. O'Neil played for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro leagues from 1937 to 1955.


Four statues lay out in the outfield concourse behind the fountains. Three of the statues are located in right field (George Brett, Dick Howser and Frank White). The fourth is located in left field, and is the former Royals owner Ewing Kauffman and his wife Muriel.


^Note 1 : Candlestick Park (1960), what's now Angel Stadium (1966), and Jarry Park Stadium (1969) were all originally built as baseball-only facilities. Candlestick Park has been demolished, and Jarry Park Stadium was renovated into Stade Uniprix, a tennis-specific stadium with only a small portion of the original stadium present. Both Candlestick Park and Anaheim Stadium were converted to multi-purpose facilities. Anaheim Stadium, now known as Angel Stadium of Anaheim, was re-converted into a baseball-only facility in 1996, though that venue continues to host high school playoff football games.


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