The Royals made their Major League debut in the 1969 season—and were relatively successful at the onset for an expansion team. Kansas City finished fourth out of six in the American League West before improving to 85-76 in 1971 to secure second place in the division. In 1976, led by future Hall of Famer George Brett, the Royals reached the playoffs for the first time in team history. Kansas City would make the playoffs again the following two seasons, but they were not able to win a playoff series any of the three seasons. In 1980 the Royals again made the playoffs, but this year Brett and his team finally got over the hump and won a playoff series before falling to the Philadelphia Phillies in the World Series. In 1985, after two more playoff appearances that ended without a series win, the Royals were back in the World Series. The series against the St. Louis Cardinals went to seven games, but Kansas City unleashed 11 runs in the deciding game to put away the Cardinals and win the franchise’s first championship. It’s been tough sailing for the Royals since their World Series victory, as the team has yet to return to the playoffs. The Royals have just seven winning seasons since 1985. Kansas City has retired the number of two players through the team’s history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Kansas City Royals baseball tickets.
2016 Royals Season Preview
The Kansas City Royals fell just short of having a dream season in 2014. The Royals made the MLB postseason for the first time in almost 29 years, and then went on one of the most historic runs in MLB Postseason history. Kansas City rattled off 8 straight postseason wins, the most consecutive wins in a single post season ever. The Royals magical run ended with an American League title, but the team came up just short in the World Series.
The 2015 Kansas City Royals will try and avoid a World Series hangover and come back to finish the job of bringing a title back to Kansas City. The Royals will have to do so without some of their top stars from the last few years. Gone for 2015 are James Shields, Raul Ibanez, Norichika Aoki, Billy Butler, and Luke Hochevar. To replace them, the Royals brought in Kendrys Morales, Ales Rios, and Kris Medlen to try and fill the gaps and keep the Royals as contenders in the AL Central. No team had more excitement surrounding their season last year than the Royals and their trip to the World Series was one of the best moments baseball has had in some time. Expect the 2015 Kansas City Royals to have a mountain of support and for them to be alive in the playoff hunt late into September.
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Kansas City Royals Baseball at Kauffman Stadium Address: 1 Royal Way, Kansas City, Missouri, 64129
The Royals play their home games at Kauffman Stadium, located in Kansas City, Missouri. When filled to capacity, Kauffman Stadium holds more than 39,000 screaming Royals fans. In addition to the Crown Vision scoreboard out in centerfield, there are many things for fans to enjoy when visiting Kauffman Stadium. Among the amenities are the Outfield Experience for fans of all ages and the Royals Hall of Fame, located in left field. The Kansas City Royals dugout is on the Kauffman Stadium first base line in front of sections 132-136. Kauffman Stadium parking is covered in our Royals event guide.
Royals vs. Indians
The Royals and Indians have been playing for decades, but the rivalry didn’t really gain traction until both became founding members of the AL Central in 1994. Since then these two teams have played almost 19 times a season, becoming all too familiar with each other. The Indians dominated the early days of the AL Central, and the Royals have been fighting to regain the success of the 1980’s. Look for the Royals to make that breakthrough in the next few years, and for this rivalry to really heat up.
Royals vs. Cardinals
Known as the I-70 series, this rivalry is a battle for the hearts of baseball fans in Missouri. These two teams met for the first time in the 1985 World Series and have played over 70 times since. With the inception of interleague play in 1997, this became an annual series, much to the delight of the fans. The Cardinals hold an edge in the series, but the Royals won the only World Series matchup between them.
Kansas City Royals in the World Series, American League Championship Series and MLB Playoffs
The Kansas City Royals won their first division title in 1976 after missing the playoffs in their first seven seasons. Kansas City won the division three straight times between the years 1976-1978 and finally advanced to the World Series in 1980 after losing three straight times to the New York Yankees in the ALCS during the mid-1970s. Kansas City won their first of two World Series titles that season against the Philadelphia Phillies. Overall, the Royals have won more than five division titles and will only add to that number in the years to come.
Kansas City Royals Event Guide
What time do the gates open prior to a Royals game?
Gates open to the general public 90 minutes before the first pitch at Kauffman Stadium.
Where are good places to eat before a Royals game?
Kansas City is known for having unbelievable barbeque. Of the dozens of great places close to Kauffman Stadium, we recommend trying LC’s Bar-B-Q, Gates Bar-B-Q, or Deke’s BBQ. There are a few good sports bars in the area. Harvey’s Tavern, 9th Inning Sports Bar & Grill, and Dukes on Grand are all worth checking out. If you are looking for a more upscale dining experience, try 801 Chophouse, Pierpont’s at Union Station, or Providence New American Kitchen. Mexican food fans should try Lobito’s Mexican Food, or Carlitos Mexican Food. Other great places in the area are Peachtree Buffet, Niecie’s Restaurant, and Leed’s Diner.
Where is the best place to park at Kauffman Stadium?
The parking areas immediately around Kauffman Stadium are reserved for parking pass holders and season ticket owners. The most convenient general parking location is to the east of the stadium at Parking Lot A. Lot A is split in half, with the east half being available for general parking. Another good parking area is just to the south of Parking Lot A at Parking Lot B on the south side of Royal Way. On the south side of Chiefs Way you will find large amounts of available parking on the east, west, and south sides of Arrowhead stadium, which are usually made available for Royals parking.
Does my child need a ticket to attend the game?
Children 32 inches tall and shorter are allowed to enter Kauffman Stadium without a ticket, but must sit on a guardian’s lap for the duration of the game.