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"Coco, take one" – A look inside CrownVision features

We’ve had the following experience, and we’re guessing you have, too. You’re watching a game at the K, and the third out is made. Maybe you need to leave your seat for the concession stand, or you plan to make a phone call…but you put it on hold because you know that something cool is going to be on the video board between innings.

The Royals event presentation team has produced awesome video features for years. Now, with the high-definition CrownVision, they have taken the in-game experience to a new level! The features take countless hours to produce and edit. Today we’re going to take a behind-the-scenes look at some of this work. The event presentation team, together with staff from DXD, a Kansas City-based animation and motion graphic company, visited Spring Training last week. They were in Surprise, Ariz.,  to gather video footage for the 2009 features. They do this during the early days of Spring Training, before the games start, so as to maximize the time they have. We thank all of the players and staff who went beyond (and sometimes way beyond) their busy baseball schedule to help make features for the upcoming season that you, the fan, will enjoy all season long. Let’s take a look:

We start in the manager’s office, where in-game host Tim Scott is interviewing Trey Hillman. Tim and Trey are all laughs while being filmed by Ben Mertens, Manager of Event Presentation & Production.Interviewing Trey (2).jpgInterviewing Trey (1).jpg



Reviewing Footage (3).jpgMertens, and Chris DeRuyscher, Director of Event Presentation and Production, review the footage of Trey before moving on to their next stop.




 Communication is key in this business! Senior Director of Event Presentation & Production Don Costante reviews scripts with in-game host Tim Scott. Meanwhile, Chris works closely with the DXD staff members to ensure that both groups are on the same page (literally).

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At left, we see Ben helping Coco Crisp with his props for one of the features. Notice the background — our production team uses a green screen backdrop, much like your favorite weather forecaster. They can then color key or mix a second image in the background to create a cool multi-dimensional look.

Coco is ready to go…here he talks with Costante about the upcoming scene.


Each time a Royals player comes up to bat, they have a short video introduction on CrownVision. Here’s Coco with a bat, working on his new intro.

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Santa Crisp.jpgWhat’s this? Santa Crisp? Our team has outfitted Coco with a Royals Santa hat, which was given out last July on a memorable night that included Mark Grudzielanek’s 2,000th hit and a walk-off home run by David DeJesus. We’re very curious to see how this Santa scene fits into the 2009 event presentation lineup! You can find out, too…check out our 2009 ticketing options today!

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Preparing for a Royal Coronation

New Crown 2.23.jpgFountains and a crown scoreboard…those are the truly identifying features of Kauffman Stadium. When CrownVision debuted in 2008, the signature top piece was absent. It took time to design a massive new crown to sit atop the world’s largest high definition LED video display. Now it’s almost time for the new crown to go up, piece by piece!


Workers have now installed support beams atop CrownVision. Over the next few weeks, the crown will be installed. Check back for more pictures of the new crown, which promises to be a new Kansas City icon!


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Some CrownVision Coverage…

Kauffman Stadium’s CrownVision will be getting some national attention Wednesday evening when it is featured on the Discovery Channel.

The manufacturing and installation of CrownVision will air on the show “Factory Made” on Wednesday (May 28) at 7 p.m. (CDT). So, in between innings of the Royals-Twins game (first pitch at 7:10 p.m.), tune into the Discovery Channel and check it out. Our CrownVision, according to the Discovery Channel website, should be in the second segment of the show, right after a feature on a burrito production line (“60,000 burritos at one time”) and before the segment on “crafting cowboy boots.”

Last week, CrownVision received some local attention by gracing the front cover of Ink, a Kansas City Star publication that launched in April. Chris DeRuyscher, Royals Director of Game Entertainment, wears the headset in the CrownVision control room and was featured in the cover shot with the new HD videoboard – the largest HD videoboard in the world! If you haven’t picked up a copy, check out the online version of the article here.

And – as always – stay up-to-date on all the on-going renovations at Kauffman Stadium by checking out the Renovation page on

Where's that Broom…

A sweep…in Detroit…against the Tigers…to open the 2008 season…

Yup, the Royals are off to a perfect 3-0 start after wrapping up the series finale with a 4-1 win over the Tigers. Here’s the box score…enjoy!

HOME OPENER HIGHLIGHTS: With a successful road trip going on now, it’s hard to wish the guys home too soon, but we can’t wait! We are thrilled with the April 8 home opener lineup we announced Wednesday afternoon. Here’s a rundown of some of what you can expect…    

VideoBoard_Royals Win.JPG     CROWNVISION DEBUT: Get ready to be larger than life when our in-stadium cameras get a shot of you in the ballpark! The home opener is the debut of CrownVision – that 84 feet by 105 feet, high definition video board you keep hearing about! You know, that one that is the largest HD videoboard in the world!

     BLUE & GOLD FIRST PITCH: Giving a shout out to both sides of the border, we are hosting a gridiron Ceremonial First Pitch to recognize the success of two area college football programs! Mizzou head football coach Gary Pinkel, who is busy plugging away with Spring Practice, will deliver a special video message to fans before KU’s head football coach Mark Mangino tosses out the first pitch.

BUCK O’NEIL LEGACY SEAT: The “Buck Seat” program is back and getting off to a great start in 2008 with Royals Senior Advisor to GM Dayton Moore, 2008 Royals Hall of Fame inductee and one of the most respected guys in baseball, Art Stewart, sitting in “Buck’s Seat” for the home opener. The ironic thing with Art sitting in Buck’s seat, he’s actually moving back a row to accept the honor. As many of you know, Art always sits with his radar gun behind home plate in the first row…Buck’s seat is in the row behind him! Regardless, Art is thrilled to have the honor and we are thrilled to recognize his dedication to the organization and Kansas City!

     NATIONAL ANTHEM GOES COUNTRY: Country music sensation Emerson Drive will be here to perform the National Anthem. The high-energy band, which hit the Country music scene with hits such as the Grammy-nominated “Moments” and “I Should be Sleeping,” recently watched their album COUNTRIFIED climb the Country-music charts.

     A TRIBUTE TO THE RED, WHITE & BLUE: America’s colors will be presented by the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department and the Kansas City, Mo., Fire Department. The men and women of Whiteman Air Force Base will also coordinate an A-10 flyover before the Royals take over the field for the first time this season!

Gates open at 1 p.m. and you should try and make sure you are in your seats by 2:30 p.m. so you don’t miss a moment!


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