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One of the major family features at the renovated Kauffman Stadium is an expanded kids’ area. This area will include a Royals-themed carousel. The carousel will feature 15 figures, including large baseball bats, a glove, and Sluggerrr. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the carousel figures that are currently being carved by hand.
Today we bring you more photos of the renovations at Kauffman Stadium, with a focus on the outfield experience. In 2009, you can take in a Royals game from a new view. You’ll have more chances to catch a home run and on a summer day, the mist from the fountains will keep you cool.
In left field, the Royals Hall of Fame is taking shape. This area will also house five group suites that can host gatherings of 20 to 150 people. Outfield Box sections 104, 105, and 106 will be between the visitor’s bullpen and the Hall of Fame building. Check out those sections on the 2009 seating chart.
As we move to left center field, you can see that the Tri-Vision signs are getting a new look. Outfield Box sections 101, 102, and 103 will be in front of the left field fountains. The new seating that surrounds the old Jumbotron platform will be Fountain Pavilion seating (sections 201, 202, and 203). Tickets in the Fountain Pavilion are just $7 for non-premium games. These tickets will be available only on the day of the game, so get to the stadium early!
Here’s a closer look at center field, where the outfield wall has been removed. Construction crews are doing heavy dirt work in this area.
Now you’ve seen a few of the new amenities in the outfield. Wet conditions prevented us from taking a close-up tour of the Outfield Plaza, the area beyond the new buildings and CrownVision. Look for a photo posting later in the offseason on the these features.
Today ATH took a tour of Kauffman Stadium. It was rainy when we arrived but the construction crews were still hard at work (the sun came out just in time). We hope to bring you pictures throughout the offseason. Today we will start with a tour of some of the new features on View Level.
First, we want to show you a view from outside of the stadium. You are looking north, with the first base spiral on the right. The new building with the glass will house the ticket office and team store on street level. The next two levels are administrative offices. The roof of the building will have a food court for the View Level (below left).
On the right are the new escalators you’ll use to access the View Level and the food court.
Here’s a look toward the stadium. As you can see, this level now features more space for amenities and foot traffic.
Our final picture is out toward the field. You can see why we call it View Level! Be sure to check back next week as we bring you more pictures of the Kauffman Stadium renovations!
Drivers on I-70 get a glimpse of the changes at Kauffman Stadium, which has been abuzz with activity since the Royals closed out the home slate on September 21st. If you want a better view, you’ve come to the right place. On Friday, ATH will take a behind the scenes tour of Kauffman Stadium. Look for an afternoon post, the first in a series of photo updates of the renovations as we count down to the home opener, 177 days from today. If you can’t wait until Friday, check out the renovations webcams. You can control the views, both inside and outside of the stadium.
Also, be sure to check out one of our fellow blogs on royals.com. Last week we told you about the Kansas City prospects participating in the Arizona Fall League. Now, those players are posting on their own blog, Royals in the AFL. Outfielders Joe Dickerson and Brian McFall have shared their initial experiences. Look for more posts from the group of prospects.
The Royals opened their final road trip last night with a 6-2 victory over the Tigers. They are now one-game back from the Bengals as Trey Hillman’s club continues to play well in September.
David DeJesus placed the Royals on his back last night, collecting seven total bases and falling a homer shy of the cycle. In his seventh career four-hit effort, DeJesus scored twice and added his 73rd RBI of the season. He’s hit in 13 straight, averaging .420 over his streak.
That has been an absolute key to the September surge. Timely hitting has carried the Royals with three separate players compiling hitting streaks of 10 or more games this month. Joining DeJesus is Jose Guillen who had a career-high 14 gamer from Sept. 4-17 and has hits in 17 of his last 19 games. The Royals also have found a regular second baseman in the wake of Mark Grudzielanek’s season ending early with Alberto Callaspo, who has both looked solid turning the double play and is in the midst of a career-high 16-game hitting streak. Callaspo’s streak is tied for the longest by any Royal this season. Guess who has the other 16-game hitting streak in 2008? Here’s a hint, his initials are D.D. and he wears No. 9.
Thanks to these three, the Boys in Blue are delivering for their manager in a big way. They are 8-2 in their last 10 and 14-7 in September. They own the highest American League September batting average at .295, they are second to only Cleveland in the A.L. in wins this month and the pitching staff’s 3.88 ERA is third with their .239 opponent’s average second.
The Royals may have only three game left on FSN-Kansas City, but it turns out they have four more TV games. Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Twins, who are 2.5 games behind the White Sox at the moment, has been moved to FOX. The Twins, who are home against Chicago now, may still be vying for their playoff lives.
Instead of a 6:10 start, the game will now begin at 2:55 with Gil Meche making his last start of the season. The change will mark the Royals second exposure to the FOX spotlight this summer. You may recall the blisteringly hot day in Kansas City on August 2, when the Royals played the White Sox on FOX.
In the first of two-straight 19-hit affairs, the Royals beat the Pale Hose, 9-7. The temperature at first pitch that day was 95, but the heat index soared to over 110. So don’t miss it this Saturday, the Royals will get in on the playoff action again, playing the second game of a three-game season-ending series.
David DeJesus’ four-hit effort last night is his third at Comerica, where he is hitting .357 in 36 career games…Gil Meche became the Royals first 13-game winner since Paul Byrd notched 17 wins in 2002…The team’s 14 September wins are the most since 2000 (14-14) with a 15th victory being the best since 1987 (15-13).
Around the Horn would like to announce that due to the ongoing renovations at Kauffman Stadium, we had to vacate yesterday, leaving behind our old press box and working environment. The only thing left populating the offices where we once worked are construction workers who are busy tearing those offices apart. It was a sad day for all of us who were moving yesterday. That press box was the original, created in 1973. We just thought you, our loyal readers, would like to know what’s up with us.
If your looking for today’s lineup, its in the entry directly below this one.
On Monday the Royals Media Relations department along with Vice President of Ballpark Operations & Development Bob Rice and Owner’s Representative John Loyd took some of K.C.’s media on a hard-hat tour of the K. The renovations have kicked into almost full swing with the competition of the last home stand and the removal of seats.
Rice said the key to a 90-95 percent completion by Opening Day 2009 (tentatively April 10) is to turn over as much of the stadium as early as possible. So your Kauffman Stadium won’t ever look quite like this again. Changes are afoot and construction is happening fast (Around the Horn sat through an entire game without noticing another level of steel had been added to the top of the new Hall of Fame building in left field).
As we go through the tour keep in mind you can click on any photo to see a larger version. And you can click here for a computer animated tour which premiered a few weeks ago.
The tour started on the first base side of the stadium near the George Brett statue. This building which is going up directly in front of where the front doors to Kauffman used to is will house the Royals’ offices.
When it’s all finished, it should look like this computer generated mock-up. The sweeping lines of the roof are mimicked by the sweeping atrium of the building. The atrium by the way, will serve as a food court for the upper deck level.
Underneath the building, a new grand entrance will be created. And the Legacy Bricks which are for sale here, will be placed for all to see. These Bricks are tentatively planned for the grand entrance and the entrances on either side of the ballpark.
Around the Horn has heard some of the concerns about the constricted concourses, which have been made worse this season by the construction. If the figures are still true from what we heard earlier this season, that space will be expanded by 40 percent.
In this picture, you can see the plywood wall which marks the current end to the concourse. You can see the expansion of that space being built.
As you can see, the new concourses jut out from the stadium, but follow the contours of the original building. That has been a big push during this project. The developers wanted to preserve the original lines and look of the stadium but update the 1973 model to fit in the 21st century.
Again, in this picture, you can see the original pillars which mark the end of the current concourse and then you see the significant expansion.
On the ground level, this area is being prepped for new concession stands, which are being built directly behind the current concessions. When the season is over, the old concessions will be demolished and the space they occupy now will serve as the new expansion. You can see some of that toward the bottom.
There will also be new restrooms constructed behind the old ones.
The biggest portions of seats removed are these which seat above the crosswalk behind home plate. Six sections are being removed this season to allow construction workers to begin the Diamond Club.
The undertaking for building a new restaurant behind home plate is huge. The construction also means the Hall of Fame and all areas behind sections 105 to 106 will be offline for the remainder of the season.
These areas will be walled off so the Diamond Club can be completed in time for ’09. It will be a step above the Stadium Club and will be not quite as high as the Crown Club.
Here’s a picture of Bob Rice talking to some of the media who came out. In the left corner of the picture, you can see the steel framework of the new Royals Hall of Fame which is directly behind the visitor’s bullpen.
The two-story structure will house meeting rooms and offices in the bottom floor. The top floor will have a complete history of baseball in Kansas City with special tributes to the Kauffmans, George Brett and the 1985 team.
The Hall of Fame is just the first portion of the left field side of the outfield experience. On the left field side will also be a full-sized Little K, a carousel, video pitching and batting tunnels and much more.
The outfield experience will wrap completely around the stadium. Because of this, some seats in the last few sections left field have been removed to allow for the extension of the crosswalk into the outfield and Gate C has been closed until 2009.
In right field, the construction has been just as vigorous, but not as visible. The original field access tunnel wrapped around behind the scoreboard. That wouldn’t flow with the plans, so a new one needed to be excavated and the built.
With it complete now, skeletons of buildings are bound to start popping up in right field.
And for those chowing down in right field, a hi-def video board will keep them in tune with the action on the field.
The outfield experience is a major part of what’s changing, but Bob Rice insists each Royals fan will notice the differences. And Around the Horn is sure you will… if you haven’t already.
We have received numerous calls regarding the removal of a fan from Kauffman Stadium during the ninth inning of last night’s game. With this in mind, we’d like to briefly touch on fan decorum in order to keep Kauffman Stadium one of the best and most fan-friendly venues in all of baseball.
Security personnel have the jurisdiction to remove or relocate any fan who:
- consistently uses foul language
- throws any objects onto the field of play
- interferes with a ball still in play
- creates a disturbance that hampers the enjoyment of fans in the surrounding areas
The Royals feel that the game of baseball is to be enjoyed by fans young and old. We encourage fans to be boisterous in cheering for the Royals, but always be cognizant of others. The Royals appreciate your continued cooperation on this matter and hope to see you out at Kauffman Stadium in the very near future.
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 royals.com.
On Monday morning, our email inboxes were full of photos from team photographer Chris Vleisides…all from Opening Week at Kauffman Stadium! Of course, there are lots of good photos. However, probably the best shot of the week, which welcomed more than 139,000 fans and two sell-out crowds to The K, was this one of pitcher Brian Bannister.
Bannister tossed a complete game Sunday afternoon to lead the Royals to a 5-1 victory over the Twins and a 3-3 mark for the homestand. The Royals are now 7-5 to start the season and are on their way to the West Coast for a seven-game road trip against Seattle (two games), the Los Angeles Angels (two) and the Oakland A’s (three). We are working on several photo galleries highlighting Opening Week at The K that should be posted this afternoon on royals.com. Until then, enjoy a couple of these highlights and feel free to share your thoughts from the Royals first homestand of the season!
WHY SHOULD THE ADULTS HAVE ALL THE “WIENIE” FUN?: For the first time in Kauffman Stadium history, we hosted the “Teenie Wienie” Hot Dog Derby. Soon to be a Kauffman Stadium tradition, the Sunday junior version of the popular in-stadium Hot Dog Derby featured three kids – Adam “Ketchup” Cook (age 10), Molly “Relish” Cook (9) and Logan “Mustard” Darr (8) – who donned mini versions of the costumes and raced down the first base line. The end result: a little win for Ketchup!
FUN RUN FUN FOR ALL: The Royals welcomed back the Sprint Fun Run to Sundays at Kauffman Stadium. For the first one of the season, the fans toughed it out through the cold weather – luckily the game lasted just more than two hours – to run the bases. Although actual numbers have not officially been reported, observers of the Sprint Fun Run noticed several adult Royals fans taking advantage of the opportunity to head down to the field following a Royals win!
AUTISM AWARENESS: The Royals hosted Autism Awareness Night at The K on Friday and, in honor of the evening, had Jason McElwin, a former high school basketball student manager with autism spectrum disorder, throw out the ceremonial first pitch. McElwin obtained national attention in 2006 after scoring 20 points in the final four minutes of a high school basketball game - a story that we found out Royals pitcher Brian Bannister knew pretty well. In fact, as soon as Banny heard that “J-Mac” was throwing out the first pitch he asked to be his catcher…and then asked Jason to send him a copy of his book!
POWDER BLUE MADNESS: The Billy Butler Powder Blue Replica Jerseys – which went to the first 20,000 fans and were presented by FSN Kansas City - were a huge “hit” Saturday. Reports are that fans began lining up - in practically freezing weather – around 11 a.m., and when the gates opened at 4 p.m., the first-time jersey promotion went quick…within 40 minutes, at least 20,000 fans had entered the stadium and many were already sporting the powder blue top. To all those who came out Saturday, did you take the time to notice who might have been handing you your jersey? That’s right, Billy Butler, along with six of his teammates and Manager Hillman, took a break from their pregame routines to greet fans (and thank them for waiting in the cold!) at the entrance gates into The K.
SPEAKING OF COLD…: If you came out to The K at all this past week, we really don’t need to remind you of the cold temperatures, right? Pretty sure most of us here in the front office haven’t warmed up completely yet! Regardless, we made it through and – as we all cross our fingers and toes – hopefully that’s the last frigid homestand of the 2008 season!
CLOSING SHOT: And, as a final note, here is the classic overview shot from the Royals 2008 home opener – enjoy!