March 2009

Royals Spring Preview on Fox Sports Kansas City

Fox Sports Kansas City is airing a Royals Spring Preview that debuts Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. and airs three other times in March.

The show includes…

  • A breakdown of Spring Training to date, including updates on the rotation and positional battles
  • A one-on-one interview with new bench coach John Gibbons
  • A “mic’d up” segment with Trey Hillman
  • A feature in which Frank White instructs fans on the nuances of playing second base

Air dates for the Royals Spring Preview on Fox Sports Kansas City (times central):
Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 15 at 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Fox Sports Kansas City will air two live spring training games, Wednesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. vs. Seattle and Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m. vs. the L.A. Dodgers, as well as a Royals Season Preview special scheduled to premiere March 30 at 7 p.m.  The network’s coverage of 140 regular season games begins Opening Day, April 6. Please check your local listings for the channel in your area!


A Crowning Moment

The first piece of the new crown atop Kauffman Stadium’s CrownVision (the world’s largest HD videoboard) went into place today. We were there to capture the moment. Take a look:

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Olivo's hot hitting, Monday lineup

OlivoWBC.jpgHopefully you had a chance to watch some of the World Baseball Classic this weekend. Kansas City catcher Miguel Olivo slammed a pair of home runs as the Dominican Republic rebounded from a loss to the Netherlands with a 9-0 rout of Panama.

On the Spring Training front, Kansas City plated all of their runs in the first inning yesterday en route to a 7-1 win over Milwaukee. Today’s game is against the Cubs at HoHoKam Park in Mesa. The contest will air on 610 Sports in Kansas City and on with a subscription to Gameday Audio. Here’s the lineup:

Mitch Maier – CF
Willie Bloomquist – 2B
Shane Costa – LF
Mike Jacobs – 1B
Billy Butler – DH
Alex Gordon – 3B
John Buck – C
Ross Gload – RF
Tony Pena, Jr. – SS
Brian Bannister – RHP

Available Pitchers:
Luke Hochevar – RHP
Kyle Farnsworth – RHP
Joel Peralta – RHP

Photo credit – Fernando Llano/AP

Sunday Lineup

Zack Greinke takes the mound today as Kansas City faces Milwaukee at 3:05 Central time. While most of the country moved up one hour today, Arizona remains on standard time…so it’s still a 1:05 start in the Valley of the Sun. The game can be heard on with a subscription to Gameday Audio.

9-18 Greinke.jpgCoco Crisp – CF
Alberto Callaspo – 2B
David DeJesus – LF
Billy Butler – 1B
Ryan Shealy – DH
Brayan Pena – C
Corey Smith – 3B
Luis Hernandez – SS
Shane Costa – RF
Zack Greinke – RHP

Available Pitchers:
Robinson Tejeda – RHP
Brandon Duckworth –  RHP
Victor Marte – RHP
Jimmy Gobble – LHP

Single-game tickets are available now!

Hello, Royals fans! Single-game tickets for the 2009 season are available now at!

Ticket Line.jpgA crowd of fans lined the parking lot at Kauffman Stadium to buy tickets this morning. As you can see, the line was long, but many fans were able to purchase tickets for the April 10 home opener. While these tickets sold out quickly, you can still secure tickets for the home opener with a season ticket package of 21 or more games.




We witnessed a bit of history as the new Kauffman Stadium box office opened for the first time.

Purchasing Tickets.jpgPurchasing Tickets 3.jpgFans were able to take a sneak peek at the stadium concourses as associates from Event Operations and Fan Services conducted brief tours of the renovated stadium. Be sure to scroll down the page for more of our recent stadium renovation photos!Tour 2.jpg

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Friday Lineup

The Royals host the co-tenant Rangers at 2:05 Central time, 1:05 local time. Today’s game can be heard on 610 Sports in Kansas City or with a subscription to Gameday Audio. Alex Gordon has homered in the last two contests. He is in the lineup again today:

Gordon3-4.jpgCoco Crisp – CF
Alberto Callaspo – 2B
David DeJesus – LF
Mike Jacobs – DH
Alex Gordon – 3B
Ross Gload – 1B
John Buck – C
Mitch Maier – RF
Tony Pena, Jr. – SS
Heath Phillips – LHP

Available Pitchers:

Brandon Duckworth – RHP
Matt Wright – RHP
Kyle Farnsworth – RHP
Carlos Rosa – RHP
Yasuhiko Yabuta – RHP
Ron Mahay – LHP


Renovation Pictures

ATH took a tour of Kauffman Stadium yesterday…here are a few of the many new features since our tour one week ago.

Signs have been placed on several of the retail stores. Here is the new walk-in retail store on View Level and a retail store down the right field line (near section 246 on your new section 246 on your new ballpark seating chart).

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Ribbon Boards.jpgWherever you are in the stadium, you will see scores and information as ribbon boards and scoreboards have been added. The ribbon board has been in place for some time. Yesterday, we saw it in action!

A cool new seating area is the Signature Suite Lounges on the Loge Level. If you’ve got a few people in your group and want a suite experience, but not an entire suite to yourself, this shared lounge is the way to go! Here you see the entrance to the Signature Suite Lounge (below).Signature Suite Lounge.jpg

A new basket fence is being placed near the left field Outfield Box seats. This reminds us of the basket at Chicago’s Wrigley Field…it will be a great place to catch a Royals home run!

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Stadium 3.4.09 026.jpgThe Royals Hall of Fame now features a large free-standing sign. A face will be added to this sign, which will light up.



Sluggerrr’s Base Run and Sluggerrr’s Batting Challenge are now identified with large signs.Sluggerrr's Base Run.jpgSluggerrr's Batting Challenge.jpg

Stadium 3.4.09 043.jpgHere’s a look back at home plate from right center field. This is near where four statues will be located (George Brett, Dick Howser, Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman, and Frank White).

You’ve seen a few new features, and we will continue to bring you more over the next 34 days! Have you secured your tickets for 2009? Guarantee your home opener tickets today with a season ticket package of 21 or more games!  And remember, single-game tickets go on sale this Saturday at 9 a.m.!

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Legacy Bricks installed, single-game ticket procedure

Bricks_2.JPGIt’s great to be back at the K! We see something new every day! Today, workers started installing the first phase of the Royals Legacy Bricks. We saw a variety of personal Royals memories on the bricks. Some of the Greatest Moments in Royals history will be displayed alongside the bricks. You still have time to order bricks for your family and friends during Phase Two of the program…call 1-877-KCR-BRIX or visit this page on All proceeds from the Royals Legacy Brick Program support Royals Charities, benefiting children, education and neighborhoods.





Single-game ticket sale procedure

Single-game tickets for the 2009 season, including a limited number of Opening Day tickets, go on sale this Saturday, March 7 at 9 a.m.  Tickets will be available at, by phone at 1-800-6ROYALS, at metro-area Hy-Vee stores (no Opening Day tickets available) and at the Kauffman Stadium Ticket Windows.

Fans planning to purchase tickets at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday must enter the Truman Sports Complex through Gate 2, located off of Blue Ridge Cutoff on the east side of the complex, or Gate 6, off of Stadium Drive on the west side.  All other gates will be closed to fan traffic.  Fans will be instructed to park in Lot J and directed to the Kauffman Stadium Ticket Windows located at Gate C.

Due to the ongoing construction at the Truman Sports Complex, overnight camping will not be permitted.  The Royals will implement a random drawing procedure for purchasing tickets at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday.  Beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday and ending at 7:20 a.m. on Saturday, fans may visit the Truman Sports Complex at Gate 2 or Gate 6 to collect a numbered ticket from a Royals event staff member.  There is no advantage to collecting a ticket early within this time frame.  The drawing to determine line order will be held at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday at Gate B, located at the southwest corner of Kauffman Stadium.  Fans with numbered tickets must be in place by 8:30 a.m. to ensure their spot in line.

For those fans who come to the stadium Saturday to purchase tickets, the Royals will conduct brief 10-minute tours of the newly renovated Plaza Level from 9-10 a.m.

The Kauffman Stadium Ticket Windows will be open special hours for the opening weekend of sales.  Tickets may be purchased at the stadium on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  In addition, there will be extended hours for phone sales for the entire 2009 season.  Beginning this Saturday, phone operators will be available from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week to better serve Royals fans.

In the Greater Kansas City area, fans can purchase tickets by calling the Royals Call Center at (816) 504-4040.  Fans outside Kansas City can call 1-800-6ROYALS (1-800-676-9257).

Season ticket packages are currently available online at and by calling (816) 504-4040.  Fans can guarantee themselves Opening Day tickets with any Full Season, Half Season or 21-game season ticket plan starting at just $168 per seat.

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Wednesday Lineup

Alex Gordon hit a grand slam on Tuesday as Kansas City tied Cleveland 9-9. The Royals are the visitors today as they play the co-tenant Rangers in Surprise. Here is your Kansas City lineup:

Gordon Grand Slam Celebration.jpgCoco Crisp – CF
Alberto Callaspo – 2B
David DeJesus – LF
Ross Gload – 1B
Mike Jacobs – DH
Alex Gordon – 3B
Brayan Pena – C
Luis Hernandez – SS
Shane Costa – RF
Brian Bannister – RHP

Available Pitchers:
Luke Hochevar – RHP
Danny Cortes – RHP
Devon Lowery – RHP
Matt Wright – RHP

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Online registration for free T.A.K.E. Defense classes

Royals Charities is teaming once again with 98.1 KUDL and The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation to host two T.A.K.E. Defense self-defense classes on the field at Kauffman Stadium during the 2009 season. The classes, which are free-of-charge and open to females ages 12 and older, are scheduled for Saturday, May 2 and Saturday, September 19. Both sessions will run from 10 a.m. to noon.

Participants for the 2009 classes must pre-register online at All participants must sign a waiver, which is also available online. Participants under the age of 18 will also need a signature from a parent or guardian to participate.

The T.A.K.E. Defense classes aim to raise safety awareness and give women self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming the victims of violent crime. Participants will receive safety awareness tips and hands-on training in basic life-saving self-defense techniques during the class.

The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation was created in honor of the late Ali Kemp, a metro teen who was murdered in 2002. T.A.K.E. Defense serves as a legacy to Ali’s life and has trained more than 26,000 girls and women in basic self-defense skills.

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