Grand Re-Opening marked by ribbon cutting, Howser statue unveiling

RibbonCutting2.JPGA sold out crowd witnessed the first game at the “New” Kauffman Stadium today.  Several dignitaries took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony before the game.  Royals Chairman/Owner David Glass and Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders cut the ribbon as the “New K” was officially dedicated.

 

Howsers_April_10.JPGLater, Nancy Howser and her family took part in a moving tribute to the late Dick Howser as a statue of the World Series winning manager was unveiled.

Make plans now to visit Kauffman Stadium to see all of the new features!

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This was great as are 95% of the changes at Kauffman Stadium. The new outfield area is great, as are the expanded concourses, gift shops, etc. The Royals and designers deserve great praise.

However, one thing I was very dissapointed to learn is that the Royals no longer have an organ player. New is great but I think it’s important to keep traditions like this as well. The Royals tried getting rid of the organ before but fans reacted negatively. As word spreads about this decision, I think you’ll find similar reaction today.

Secondly, the scoreboard malfunctions yesterday were quite annoying, but hopefully that is just temporary.

Third, and this may be done over the next offseason, but the Royals logos on the seats have all peeled, and needs to be repainted.

Finally, and I’ve said this before and will say it again, the decision to get rid of the first 9 rows of View Box behind home plate was quite possibly the worst decision ever made in the history of Kauffman. Instead, now we have an ugly press box with a metal roof (that covers about 5 of the 9 rows) that looks like the cover to a tornado shelter more than it does anything that belongs in a 21st century baseball season.

With all the new suites, I find it hard to believe that something couldn’t have been done to keep the press box lower and allow those great seats to remain. Several other folks around me yesterday said the same thing, that the new press box and metal roof looked awful, and they were a little surprised that those great seats were removed.

Perhaps in future years with the millions in revenue the Royals will be generating, that this might be able to be revisited, and at least the seats where the metal roof used to be can be restored. Because right now not only are the seats gone, but the press box and metal roof are an eyesore.

Other than that, the changes are great. However, amongst progress their are often regressions, and these are my observations.

baseball stadium, not season. Sorry. :)

This was great as are 95% of the changes at Kauffman Stadium. The new outfield area is great, as are the expanded concourses, gift shops, etc. The Royals and designers deserve great praise.

However, one thing I was very dissapointed to learn is that the Royals no longer have an organ player. New is great but I think it’s important to keep traditions like this as well. The Royals tried getting rid of the organ before but fans reacted negatively. As word spreads about this decision, I think you’ll find similar reaction today.

Secondly, the scoreboard malfunctions yesterday were quite annoying, but hopefully that is just temporary.

Third, and this may be done over the next offseason, but the Royals logos on the seats have all peeled, and needs to be repainted.

Finally, and I’ve said this before and will say it again, the decision to get rid of the first 9 rows of View Box behind home plate was quite possibly the worst decision ever made in the history of Kauffman. Instead, now we have an ugly press box with a metal roof (that covers about 5 of the 9 rows) that looks like the cover to a tornado shelter more than it does anything that belongs in a 21st century baseball season.

With all the new suites, I find it hard to believe that something couldn’t have been done to keep the press box lower and allow those great seats to remain. Several other folks around me yesterday said the same thing, that the new press box and metal roof looked awful, and they were a little surprised that those great seats were removed.

Perhaps in future years with the millions in revenue the Royals will be generating, that this might be able to be revisited, and at least the seats where the metal roof used to be can be restored. Because right now not only are the seats gone, but the press box and metal roof are an eyesore.

Other than that, the changes are great. However, amongst progress their are often regressions, and these are my observations.

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