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Overhaulin' your stadium

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 8-13 Renovation.jpgBob 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. 

8-13 Front Office.JPGThe 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.

8-13 Front.jpg.jpgWhen 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.

8-13 Legacy Brick.jpgUnderneath 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.

8-13 Ticket Office.JPGHere you can see the old ticket office and entrance to the K. The bottom floor of the Royals administration building will house the new ticket office and ticket windows as well as a new retail store.

8-13 Concourse Exapansion 2.JPGAround 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.

8-13 Concourse Exapansion.JPGAs 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.

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The biggest news revealed on Monday to the media was the removal of seats. The Kauffman Stadium capacity will drop to around 27,000 for the next home stand.

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.

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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.

8-13 Bob Rice.JPGHere’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.

8-13 Graphic.jpgThe 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.

8-13 Stadium.JPGIn 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.

8-13 Graphic 1.jpgThe biggest signature for right field will be the restaurant and the Taste of K.C. A walk of Fame will join the two portions of the outfield experience; complete with statues of the Royals greats.

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.

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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 royals.com.

Parking at The K

Just like Kauffman Stadium, the parking procedures at the Truman Sports Complex are getting a little facelift this season…

Starting April 8 for the Royals home opener, the club will implement a new parking and access system that is in conjunction with the ongoing renovations, but, in reality, is a plan that has been in the works for awhile. Now, we understand that change is hard sometimes – especially when it deals with your favorite sports team – but this new parking plan is pretty harmless and will be a lot more efficient for you…


Park_categories_map002.jpgIn the redesigned system, you will be directed to parking lots based on which gate you use to enter the complex. Once inside the complex, there are three categories of parking – gold and blue reserved for season ticket holders, as well as general parking – available on both sides of the stadium. You’ll be directed to one of these lots based on where you should be parking…all on the side you entered. Make sense?

Okay…well you’re in luck because it is all outlined here on royals.com/parking - with interactive diagrams, maps and routes that are the most efficient and fastest when it comes to getting you into your seat for a Royals game!

In addition, you can find other useful parking information on the website, including a special FAQ section and you can even request an official “2008 Parking at The K” guide – which will be handed out around town and at Kauffman Stadium.

The most important thing to take into consideration is that you should try your best to check royals.com/parking and determine the route you want to take all before heading to the ballpark. Oh, it’ll also be a whole lot easier for you if you buy those game tickets ahead of time! 

Let us know what you think about the new parking structure and if you have any questions. After all, we don’t want you to have any problems getting out to The K for a game this season!

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