Secrets of the K
By Kate Baxendale, photo courtesy of the Royals
- The park opened on April 10, 1973, as Royals Stadium. It was renamed Kauffman Stadium in honor of KC healthcare entrepreneur Ewing M. Kauffman at a ceremony on July 2, 1993. Kauffman purchased the Royals in 1968 with the hopes of providing a winning baseball team for Kansas City.
- The K is home to the largest in-stadium solar array in Major League Baseball, thanks to KCP&L. “The 120 panels on the Outfield Experience canopy provide approximately 36,000 kWh of renewable energy each year,” according to the Royals’ website.
- The Outfield Experience is home to the Blue KC Little K baseball field, a Royals-themed carousel, a mini golf course and ice cream shop.
- The K was the first stadium in the American League to have AstroTurf in the outfield. This was later swapped out for real grass (Kentucky Bluegrass, to be exact) in 1995.
- The interactive and iconic Crown Vision HD scoreboard, which is 84 feet wide and 104 feet tall, debuted in 2008. It was the largest HD display in the world when installed, and has become the crown jewel of the ballpark.
- The standing-room-only area between the outfield wall and the fountains, called the Pepsi Party Porch, is popular on hot summer days and nights since, at times, patrons are in the fountains’ "splash zone.”
- The K’s 322-foot-wide water spectacular is the largest privately funded fountain in the world.
- As of the start of the 2015 season, Kauffman Stadium has hosted 74,345,705 fans since its inception in 1973.