Kauffman Stadium

Kauffman Stadium Kansas City Royals

When Kauffman Stadium Open?

Kauffman stadium opened in 1973 originally as Royals Stadium. The name later changed to Kauffman Stadium in 1993. The ballpark name is in honor of Ewing Kauffman who was the previous owner of the Kansas City Royals. The ballpark is one of the few remaining parks that don’t have a corporate sponsor as the name of the facility. Even though the park opened in 1973, it’s still one of the oldest MLB stadiums in the game.


Where is Kauffman Stadium Located?

Kauffman Stadium Location

The location of the park is in Kansas City, Missouri in the United States. The exact address of the stadium is One Royal Way. The area of the park is in the same sports complex as Arrowhead Stadium which is where the Kansas City Chiefs play. The Kansas City Chiefs are an NFL team. Check out the Kauffman Stadium parking guide if you plan to drive to the game.


When do the Kauffman Stadium Gates Open?

When do gates open at Kauffman Stadium is a common question. Fans can get into the venue 90 minutes before the first pitch.


What Team Plays at Kauffman Stadium?

Kauffman Stadium - Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals who are a Major League Baseball Team play at Kauffman Stadium. The Royals are part of the American League Central Division. In the Central Division, you have Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, and the Detroit Tigers.


What is the Capacity at Kauffman Stadium?

The Kansas City Royals Stadium capacity of the park is 37,903 seats, but that can change during the standing room only events. This puts the size of the venue in the same discussion as Fenway Park capacity. The record attendance for a baseball game came in under 42,000 people, and that was in the ’80s against the Yankees. When the Royals made it back to the World Series in 2014 and 2015, crowd attendance for those years grew.


What are the Dimensions at Kauffman Stadium?

Kauffman Stadium does not have the same dimensions around its wall like other cookie-cutter stadiums. The sizes are as followed from left field to right field. 330 feet in left field, 387 in left center, 410 in center, 387 feet in right center, and 330 feet in right field.


Kansas City Royals Tickets

Getting tickets to a Royals game can be more difficult than other teams. The Royals had an average of 37,00 fans per game, so tickets were hard to come by. You best bet to get tickets is to find matchups against the Oakland Athletics, Colorado Rockies, Seattle Mariners, or Tampa Bay Rays because those teams don’t have a big traveling fan base. Games against the Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Opening Day will be hard to get extra tickets for the matchup. If you need to go to a bigger game, you can always use StubHub, SeatGeek, Ticketmaster, and more to find tickets being sold from season ticket holders.


Kansas City Royals Events

Kauffman Stadium Looking out from the Outfield Water

There have been many events over the year at the Stadium. Some musical artists who have played there include Fleetwood Mac, Van Halen, REO Speedwagon, and Billy Joel. If you come to the game, you should check out the outfield section in center field to see statues of George Brett, Dick Howser, Frank White, and Ewing Kauffman. This section behind the center field wall is where many royals fans visit during the game.


Nearby Parks

The closest ballpark to Kauffman Stadium is Busch Stadium out in St.Louis. The drive will take about 3-4 hours to complete when you head east of Kansas City. If you head Northeast of Kauffman Stadium, you will get to Chicago and Milwaukee. In Chicago, you get Guaranteed Rate Field and Wrigley Field while in Milwaukee, you will get to Miller Park.


What Bars are Near Kauffman Stadium?

There are a few bars for fans to check out around Kauffman Stadium. Some of the best bars include Craft and Draft, Casey’s Sports Bar and Grill, Neighbors Cocktail Lounge, Score Sports Bar and Grill, Tributes Bar and Grill and Sandbar. There are many great options for fans to enjoy before or after a game, so head on over.


Notable Features

In 2007, Kauffman Stadium opened to a smaller seating after going through numerous renovations. Some of the upgrades included reducing the seating capacity, adding outside concourses, a kids area, a right field sports bar, and the Royals Hall of Fame area out in left field. Improvements were made to the video boards, the outfield concourses, and of course the fountain view terraces out in the outfield.

Kauffman Stadium Waterfalls

A neat feature is that a home run that lands in the fountain is up for grabs for fans to scoop out, but baseballs will sink so you have to go fast. The fountains out in the outfield give Kauffman Stadium a unique difference from other stadiums. Fans are able to cool off by standing near the water and getting the mist against their backs as they watch the game.

The Royals in recent memory have made it to back to back World Series appearances. In 2014, the Royals lost the World Series against the San Francisco Giants. The 2015 World Series brought the championship back to KC after they beat the New York Mets.