Looking for Your Stadium Input
The Kansas City Royals are in the beginning phases of one of the most exciting projects in franchise history. You have probably heard or read by now that the Royals are making plans for a $250 million renovation of Kauffman Stadium. “Conceptual plans” for the renovation were displayed throughout the Kansas City area earlier this year during the Jackson County election campaign. Thankfully, Jackson County voters passed the referendum by a significant margin.
The Royals are now in the “program design” phase, which is the process of refining the conceptual design while researching new ideas that have or will occur since the election. To begin this process, several Royals associates and HOK Sports architects have taken recent trips to some of the new ballparks or newly renovated ballparks in baseball, including San Diego, St. Louis, Anaheim, Atlanta and Philadelphia to name a few.
The Royals design team is making sure no stone is unturned when considering the ”design priorities” of what will surely become one of, if not the best family-oriented ballparks in America. While the organization is committed to giving its fans some of the newest amenities that most stadiums offer, the biggest priority is to make sure a renovated Kauffman Stadium still has the same classic appearance, particularly as fans view the league’s best playing surface, majestic fountains and the unique crown scoreboard from their seats. With that in mind, we know our fans must surely have some excellent ideas of what they want to see or amenities and services they want to experience when they come to Kauffman Stadium. We are initially seeking fan ideas via planned focus groups of randomly selected fans, including children, and via the Royals website.
Since you have visited the Royals Blog today, please feel free to offer your input. Have you been to other ballparks and seen something you loved? Maybe you have an idea for something that hasn’t been incorporated into a new or renovated stadium, but you think it should. Maybe you’ve seen some ideas that may exist at other ballparks, but you are not so sure they would work for you as a Royals fan at Kauffman Stadium. Either way, we want to hear your thoughts!
In fact, if you can’t describe it and you just want to email us pictures (firstname.lastname@example.org) you’ve taken from your travels or a sketch of your idea, we’ll put in the hopper of ideas for our design team. We will also reward the best “first-time” ideas (i.e. those that are not already on the drawing boards or have not already been submitted by other fans), with four tickets to a future 2006 Royals game of their choice, subject to availability.
We appreciate your feedback via this blog or in the very near future via the “Kauffman Stadium Renovation – Fan Ideas” icon that will appear on the home page of Royals.com. We invite you to also look at the pre-election site plans and artist renderings currently on the Royals website under the Kauffman Stadium link.
Finally, we will endeavor to periodically keep you up to date via the Royals website with developments on the renovation plans and the timetable for implementation.