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The Kauffman Stadium renovations have been one of our most popular features on Around the Horn. On Wednesday, we’ll bring you new pictures as we count down to April 10. Look for a late afternoon post. Until then, check out the galleries at royals.com or our earlier ATH photos (October and December).
Also on Wednesday, be sure to watch the local television news and sports in Kansas City. We’ve invited them out for a look at the stadium.
Here are a few more behind-the-scenes photos from Kauffman Stadium. These pictures were taken on December 10, so the project has progressed in a week. Be sure to check out the photo galleries, webcams, and renovations news on royals.com.
We start with a wide shot of the snow-filled field. The batting cage was out, but no one was taking cuts on this cool day.
Next, we move inside for a look at the widened concourse on the plaza level (left). Notice that the new concession stands are in place, just a few months after demolition work started in this area. On the right is a concession area on the Loge Level.
On the left, scaffolding is in place as work continues on the new Stadium Club. On the right, steel is in place in the former View Box seats. This area will house the new press box.
Finally, here’s a look at some of the new additions on the outside of the original stadium. On the left are the new escalators that will service the Loge and View Levels. The glass on the right is on a new office building. This level of the building will house the Royals front office. The ground floor will feature a team store and ticket office, while the roof will be the food court for the View Level. The picture on the right shows the new panels on the outside of the stadium.
Check back for more photos as we count down the days to the April 10 opener!
Jairo Cuevas (pronounced “HIGH-row KWAY-vahs”) was a Brave, then a Royal, then a Brave, and now…a Royal…all in the matter of six and a half weeks. The Royals now have 39 players on their 40-man roster after they re-claimed the right-handed pitcher from Atlanta. Kansas City originally claimed Cuevas on October 24. Atlanta re-claimed him on November 26.
Cuevas, 24, made just seven appearances (six starts) in the Braves organization this season for Mississippi (AA) and the Gulf Coast Braves (R). The 6-foot-2, 217-pounder underwent season-ending surgery on his labrum in his right shoulder on Aug. 22. The resident of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, was the 2005 Danville (R) Most Valuable Pitcher of the Year, going 6-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 27 appearances, including 23 starts. He was originally signed by the Braves as a non-drafted free agent on March 20, 2003.
This morning, we had the chance to take a tour of Kauffman Stadium. Recent snowfall prevented us from checking out the outfield experience, but we have some new pictures that will be posted soon, so check back!
One of the biggest undertakings of 2008-09 offseason is the transformation of Loge Level. In 2009, Kauffman Stadium will feature a new press box, new broadcast booths, and expanded suite options. Let’s take a look.
This picture from section 118 shows the demolition that has been done on the Loge Level from the press box to the Stadium Club.
As we proceed into this area, you can get an idea of the large amount of space that was cleared. The picture below is from the old concourse on Loge Level. This area housed offices and the press dining club. On the right is an up close and personal look at the areas that were removed for the new press box. This is the view that writers, including MLB.com’s Dick Kaegel, will have in 2009.
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.