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Royals Stadium

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Kauffman Stadium (formerly Royals Stadium) is a Major League Baseball stadium located in Kansas City, Missouri, and home to the Kansas City Royals of the American League. It is a part of the Truman Sports Complex (together with Arrowhead Stadium).

At a glance...
Facility statistics
Location 1 Royal Way
Kansas City, Missouri 64129
Opened April 10, 1973
Replaced Municipal Stadium
Owner Jackson County
Operator Angels Baseball LP
Surface AstroTurf (1973-1994)
Grass (1995-)
Construction cost $70M
Architect HNTB
Royals Stadium (1973-1993)
Kauffman Stadium (1993-)
Kansas City Royals (1973-present)
Seating capacity
Left Field - 330 ft
Left-Center - 385 ft
Center Field - 410 ft
Right-Center - 385 ft
Right Field - 330 ft
Backstop - 60 ft
Foul territory - small


In 1968, Ewing Kauffman purchased the Kansas City Royals expansion team and on April 10, 1973 the Royals inaugurated Royals Stadium with a win over the Texas Rangers.

On May 15, 1973, barely a month into the stadium's existence, saw the first exciting game at the new stadium. Nolan Ryan, pitching for the California Angels threw his first of seven no-hitters (boxscore), blanking the Royals, 3-0.

On July 24, 1973, Royals Stadium hosted its first Major League Baseball All-Star Game. And in 1985, Royals Stadium saw the Kansas City Royals defeat the St. Louis Cardinals for a World Series victory.

On July 2, 1993, Royals Stadium was renamed Kauffman Stadium in honor of Royals owner Ewing Kauffman, who passed away the following month at the age of 76.

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Royals Stadium, with its water fountains beyond the outfield walls, was one of the more beautiful Astroturfed baseball stadiums.

Photo courtesy of Missouri Division of Tourism

04/10/1973 Rangers 1, Royals 12
Umpires Nestor Chylak, Jerry Neudecker
  Larry McCoy, Hank Morgenweck
Managers Jack McKeon, Royals
  Whitey Herzog, Rangers
Starting Pitchers Paul Splittorff, Royals
  Pete Broberg, Rangers
Ceremonial Pitch LCDR Joseph Plumb, former Vietnam POW
Attendance 39,464
Batter Dave Nelson (ground out)
Hit Amos Otis (single)
Run Freddie Patek
RBI John Mayberry
Single Amos Otis
Double Amos Otis
Triple Jeff Burroughs
Home Run John Mayberry
Grand Slam Dave May (04/26/1973)
IPHR Vic Harris (06/24/1973)
Stolen Base Freddie Patek
Sacrifice Hit Paul Schaal (04/11/1973)
Sacrifice Fly Ed Kirkpatrick
Cycle John Mayberry (08/05/1977)
Win Paul Splittorff
Loss Pete Broberg
Shutout Dick Bosman (04/12/1973)
Save Gene Garber (04/19/1973)
Hit by Pitch Pete Broberg hit Lou Piniella
Wild Pitch Pete Broberg
Balk Vida Blue (04/17/1973)
No-Hitter Nolan Ryan (05/15/1973)
Primary research by Jim Herdman & David Vincent
Courtesy of Retrosheet

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Mark S. Rosentraub. Major League Losers: The Real Cost of Sports and Who's Paying for It. HarperCollins, 1997.
Kevin J. Delaney, Rick Eckstein. Public Dollars, Private Stadiums: The Battle over Building Sports Stadiums. Rutgers University Press, 2004.
Roger G. Noll and Andrew Zimbalist. Sports, Jobs, and Taxes: The Economic Impact of Sports Teams and Stadiums. Brookings Institution, 1997.
Dean V. Baim. The Sports Stadium as a Municipal Investment. Greenwood Publishing, 1994.
Stadia: A Design and Development Guide by Geraint John and Rod Sheard. Architectural Press, 2000.
Michelle Provoost, Matthjis Bouw and Camiel Van Winkel. The Stadium: Architecture of Mass Sport. NAI Publishers, 2000.

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