Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium (formerly Royals Stadium and also known as The K.) is a Major League Baseball stadium located in Kansas City, Missouri, and home to the Kansas City Royals of the American League. Together with Arrowhead Stadium, home of the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs, it is a part of the Truman Sports Complex. Since July 2, 1993, the venue has been known as Kauffman Stadium in honor of the Royals’ founding owner, Ewing Kauffman.
Kauffman Stadium was built specifically for baseball during an era where building multisport “cookie-cutter” stadiums were commonplace. It is often held up along with Dodger Stadium as one of the best examples of modernist stadium design.
The stadium is currently 37 years old, making it the sixth-oldest stadium in major-league baseball. The stadium recently underwent a $250 million renovation, which began after the 2007 season and was completed in July 2009.
Beginning with the 2007 season, the Royals had a red seat placed in the stadium amongst the all-blue seats behind home plate to honor Buck O’Neil, a first baseman, and manager in Negro league baseball. There will be a person selected every game from community nominees to sit in that seat, formerly occupied by O’Neil behind home plate in what was Section 101, Row C, Seat 1, until 2008 who embodies the spirit of Buck O’Neil. Due to the renovations and section renumbering in 2009, the seat number is now Section 127, Seat 9, Row C and the seat bottom is now padded.
Kauffman Stadium, home of the Kansas City Royals, is better than ever! In addition to having the largest hi-definition video board in Major League Baseball, it now features an expanded Outfield Plaza, Royals Hall of Fame, Interactive Kids Area and the new Rivals Sports Bar.
A tour of this “Crown Jewel” of baseball stadiums will take you to areas of the ballpark not normally open to the public including the Royals Dugout, Crown Club, and Visitor’s locker room.
1 Royal Way
Kansas City, MO