March 2008

Grab Your Forks and Napkins…

Actually, you probably don’t need any forks to dive into this ballpark-inspired menu, but we do encourage napkins for all of you taking advantage of the All-You-Can-Eat Seats at Kauffman Stadium this season.

The popular program – which we introduced to you on a limited scale in 2007 – is back at The K in 2008 in a big, big way! This season, the All-You-Can-Eat Seats are available for 80 home games (not available for Opening Day), giving fans even more opportunities to be a part of one of the best deals around.

If you didn’t get a chance to check out the All-You-Can-Eat Seats (AYCE Seats) last season, here’s how they work:

  • Fans get access to UNLIMITED ballpark fare – hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, popcorn and soft drinks.
  • Fans receive a souvenir cup, which can be used throughout the game at the self-service beverage station – NEW in 2008!
  • AYCE Seats are located on the club level in sections 230, 232, 234, 236 and 238.
  • Only 500 seats available for each game – up from 400 in 2008.
  • Fans can purchase single-game tickets or (NEW in 2008) 4-game mini packs.
  • Groups of 20 or more can purchase discounted tickets as well – so get together with some fellow Royals fans and become friends.

Check out exact prices for regular and premium games here…then purchase your tickets now because we sold out FAST last season.

So…bottom line: If you are a big fan of eating during Royals games, take advantage of the All-You-Can-Eat Seats and come to the ballpark hungry for a Royals win and a lot of hot dogs!

Great First Day

We’ll do anything to hasten spring, it seems. If you forgot to set your clocks ahead an hour, it might be because Daylight Saving Time hit early this year (part of an energy plan passed by Congress). That gave us a strange weekend of frigid wind chills on Saturday morning and a late, summer-like sunset the very next day. Maybe it feels like we’re forcing spring out of the longest winter in years. But that’s okay. Because there really were some brave souls who stood in line for tickets at Kauffman Stadium early Saturday morning on the first day single-game tickets went on sale. Most clicked on to royals.com, of course. And called 1-800-6ROYALS. Opening Day against the Yankees on April 8 went fast. Royals Nation bought 11 percent more the first day than last (and 41 percent more than 2006). Our sales people tell us we’re up 12 percent from this time last year in all ticket sales. That’s about 100,000 tickets more than at this point in ’07. We’re ready for a new season, you bet. On the calendar and at the K. Thanks for your support.

Thursday's Game…

D2x_2667a_1 Two home runs in two games. 

Guess Ryan Shealy is over that dreaded flu bug that was making its way through the Royals Spring Training clubhouse. AD2x_2671after going long in his first at-bat in Wednesday’s 3-1 Royals victory over San Fran,  Shealy entered Thursday’s game for Ross Gload and, in his only at-bat, homered again. This time the solo shot over the wall snapped a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the ninth.

D2x_2701aHere are some shots (from team photographer Chris Vleisides) of the team celebrating Shealy’s walk-off homer.D2x_2725a

Immediately, following the win over the Diamondbacks, Manager Trey Hillman held a team meeting – agenda unknown – at home plate.  D2x_2741a 

A non-game note…the first batch of the 2008 Royals Media Guides arrived in Kansas City today – and they look great! Like past years, the Media Guide will be available for purchase in Kauffman Stadium once the season begins.

Saturday Ticket Sales at The K

Are you going out to Kauffman Stadium to buy single-game tickets this Saturday (March 8 at 9 a.m.)? We’ve got some news that you need to know…

With all the construction going on around The K, we have to alter the normal procedure for the first day of ticket sales.

For Saturday, March 8, fans will ONLY be allowed to enter the Truman Sports Complex through Gate 2, which is off of Blue Ridge Cutoff on the east side of the complex across from the Taco Bell. For those of you who don’t normally make a "run for the border" and typically enter the complex off of I-435, you should instead drive north on I-435 and take I-70 East to Blue Ridge Cutoff and down to Gate 2.

Gate 2 will open at 6 a.m. on Saturday. That’s right, no camping out will be allowed this year. Translation: You will be asked to leave the Truman Sports Complex if you are there on Friday, March 7.

On Saturday at 6 a.m., fans will be directed to park in Lot A and the ticket line will form at Gate B of Kauffman Stadium.

If you have trouble remembering all these numbers and letters, just remember to enter through Gate 2 at 6 a.m. Royals staff will be there bright and early to help direct you from there.

Also…remember that tickets are available for purchase online at royals.com, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS or at metro-area Hy-Vee (NO Opening Day Tickets at Hy-Vee), which might be a more appealing option given that we heard temperatures will be in single digits Saturday morning…

Bannister_8793 Bannister Chat Reminder: The word from Spring Training is that pitcher Brian Bannister is geared up and ready for his afternoon chat today. The computer-savvy right-hander will log-on to answer your questions at 4 p.m. (CST) Tuesday, typing live from the Royals Spring Training complex in Surprise, Ariz. Just a reminder…to join the chat, you need to register here at royals.com.

Also…check out KC Star’s Bob Dutton’s article on Bannister if you get a chance. It describes Banny’s approach – in his own words – to his sophomore season with the Royals.

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