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Kauffman Stadium


Opened as Royals Stadium on April 10, 1973, Kauffman is recognized throughout baseball as one of the game's most beautiful ballparks. Since then, many exciting games have been contested, including the 1973 All-Star Game, three no-hitters, playoff games in 1976, '77, '78, '80, '81, '84 and '85 and seven World Series tilts in 1980 and 1985. The facility was officially renamed in honor of Ewing M. Kauffman in a ceremony at the stadium on July 2, 1993.

Before the 2004 season, the outfield fences in the gaps and in straight-away center field were moved back 10 feet to their original dimensions of 387 and 410, respectively, making Kauffman Stadium one of the most spacious parks in Major League Baseball. In addition, the warning track was changed to a natural surface, and the height of the fence is now at 8 feet. The fences were moved in 10 feet from bullpen to bullpen prior to the 1995 season and lowered from 12 feet to 9 feet. Also at that time, a grass playing field replaced the artificial surface at Kauffman Stadium.

Kauffman Stadium's unique features include a a 322-foot wide water spectacular. The water spectacular is the largest privately funded fountain in the world.

In keeping with the architecture of the stadium, the existing water spectacular featuring cascading water now extends near the left field corner.

Prior to the 1999 campaign, additional field level seating, known as "Crown Seats" and four dugout suites were added.

The renaming of the stadium was appropriate in that it was the strength and integrity of Ewing M. Kauffman's ownership that provided the cornerstone for the Royals success. Kauffman purchased the club as an expansion franchise in 1968 with the primary and continuous motivation of providing winning Major League Baseball for Kansas Citians. Kauffman, who founded Marion Laboratories in his mother's basement and built it into a diversified health care company with sales reaching nearly one billion dollars, possessed a sense of daring and an innate ability to motivate those around him. "Mr. K" also gave much personal attention to the Kansas City community, an important philosophy that was inbred into the Royals organization and still remains today.

Among the awards Mr. Kauffman won for his leadership include the Kansas City Press Club's 1973 Man of the Year, an induction into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and was one of 20 finalists for enshrinement in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. Mr. K passed away on Aug. 1, 1993.

Kauffman Stadium Milestones

  • July 11, 1968 - Ground is broken for Kansas City's Harry S. Truman Sports Complex.
  • April 10, 1973 - Royals Stadium is inaugurated with 39,464 fans for a 12-1 win over Texas.
  • May 15, 1973 - California Angels ace Nolan Ryan records the first no-hitter at Royals Stadium. He struck out 12 for a 3-0 win, his first career no-hitter.
  • July 24, 1973 - Kansas City hosts the 40th anniversary All-Star Game. Cincinnati's Johnny Bench blasts a mammoth homer to spark a 7-1 National League win. Hall of Famer Willie Mays makes his last All-Star appearance and Royals John Mayberry and Amos Otis combine for 3 of the 5 A.L. hits.
  • Oct. 3, 1976 - George Brett, Hal McRae and Minnesota's Rod Carew entered the final game of the season separated by .001 in the batting race. Brett (.333) went 3-for-4 to edge teammate McRae (.332) by .001 in a battle of one of the closest batting title races in baseball history.
  • Oct. 9, 1976 - First post-season game played at Royals Stadium in Game 1 of the 1976 American League Championship Series. New York takes a 4-1 win in the opener.
  • Oct. 10, 1976 - Kansas City wins its first post-season game with a 7-3 victory against the Yankees.
  • May 14, 1977 - Jim Colborn hurls the first no-hitter by a Royals pitcher at Royals Stadium, blanking Texas, 6-0.
  • Sept. 15, 1977 - The Royals take a 10-inning, 5-4 win in the 2nd game of a doubleheader vs. Oakland to set club record of 16 straight wins.
  • Sept. 29, 1977 - The Royals reach the 100-win mark as they defeat the California Angels, 6-3.
  • Oct. 1, 1978 - The Royals finish at 92-70 and draw a season attendance total of 2,255,294, the first time Kansas City has drawn over two million fans.
  • July 26, 1980 - The largest single-game attendance record at Royals Stadium is established as 41,860 fans watch Kansas City face New York.
  • Aug. 17, 1980 - George Brett reaches the .400 mark with a 4-for-4 outburst against Toronto, capped by a standing ovation at second base after a double.
  • Oct. 17, 1980 - Kansas City hosts its first World Series game and registers a 4-3, 10-inning win vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • Oct. 27, 1985 - The Royals captures its first World Series Championship with an 11-0 win at Royals Stadium in Game 7 over St. Louis.
  • June 7, 1986 - Amos Otis and Steve Busby are the inaugural inductees into the newly formed Royals Hall of Fame with a pre-game ceremony.
  • Sept. 14, 1986 - Bo Jackson launches the longest home run in Royals Stadium history, a 475-foot shot off Seattle's Mike Moore. It was Jackson's first career home run.
  • July 3, 1987 - "Dick Howser Day" is held at Royals Stadium for the late manager. Howser's number 10 is retired and he is inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame.
  • Sept. 24, 1989 - The Royals set their all-time season attendance mark at 2,477,700.
  • July 6, 1991 - Danny Tartabull becomes the first Royal to hit 3 home runs at Royals Stadium.
  • Aug. 26, 1991 - Bret Saberhagen fires a no-hitter to beat the White Sox 7-0 at Royals Stadium.
  • May 23, 1993 - Owner Ewing Kauffman inducted into the Royals Hall of Fame.
  • July 2, 1993 - Royals Stadium is renamed to Kauffman Stadium.
  • Sept. 29, 1993 - George Brett plays final game at Kauffman Stadium and concludes his career by kissing home plate after the game.
  • April 7, 1995 - New grass field replaces the artificial turf surface.
  • June 14, 1996 - Cal Ripken Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles played in consecutive game number 2,216, breaking the previous world record for consecutive games played, which was held by Sachio Kinugasa of Japan.
  • Sept. 16, 1996 - Minnesota's Paul Molitor lashes a triple to join the 3,000 hit club.
  • June 16, 1997 - The first interleague game is played at Kauffman Stadium, as Kansas City topples Houston, 5-2.
  • April 7, 1999 - The debut of the Royals offseason renovations, with the new Crown Club, Dugout Suites and lower level seat replacement project.
  • Aug. 7, 1999 - The Royals hold an on-field ceremony to honor George Brett's induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • April 7, 2000 - The Royal Pavilion and completed seat replacement makes a debut at Kauffman Stadium.
  • June 10, 2000 - Kansas City welcomes David Glass with a pre-game ceremony to commemorate the new ownership of the Kansas City Royals.
  • April 25, 2000 - Kansas City goes over the 50 million mark in attendance.
  • June 8, 2004 - Kansas City goes over the 60 million mark in attendance.
  • May 31, 2005 - The Buddy Bell era begins as Kansas City defeats the New York Yankees in Bell's managerial debut with the Royals. KC would go on to sweep the Yankees in the three-game series.
  • Aug. 12, 2005 - The Royals celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1985 World Championship with a World Series Reunion Weekend.
  • April 4, 2006 - Kansas City voters approve a $250 million renovation of Kauffman Stadium to update the 35-year-old facility.
  • April 5, 2006 - Mascot Sluggerrr celebrates his 10th birthday
  • April 21, 2006 - The Royals named the Kauffman Stadium Press Box after Hall of Fame writer and former Royals board member, Joe McGuff.
  • June 10, 2006 - Outfielder Reggie Sanders hits his 300th career home run off of Tampa Bay's Chad Harville to become just the fifth player in Major League history to record both 300 homeruns and 300 steals in a career, joining Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonds, Andre Dawson and Willie Mays. Steve Finley became the sixth member of the elite group later in 2006.
  • Oct. 3, 2007 - Ground is broken on a $250 million renovation of Kauffman Stadium.
  • Sept. 21, 2008 - The final home game in the "old" Kauffman Stadium is played.
  • April 10, 2009 - The "new" Kauffman Stadium is dedicated prior to the Royals' home opener.
  • Aug. 21, 2010 - Kansas City goes over the 70 million mark in attendance.