what is the early bird experience royals

Getting into the Stadium

On my most recent visit to Kauffman Stadium, I discovered a trick: the outfield gates typically open before the infield gates. You can enter the stadium, check out the museum, the outfield features, and get a bite to eat or drink, but you can’t enter the main seating bowl until the entire facility has opened, which is typically 90 minutes prior to kickoff. Hence, go to the left or right field gates and spend more time inside the stadium rather than standing in the long lineups at the other gates.

Purchasing an Early Bird Batting Practice ticket (available for select games with evening start times) for $12 per person (ages 4 and up) will grant you extremely early access. In addition to entering one hour ahead of schedule, you’ll get a behind-the-dugout view of batting practice. Tickets for the Royals’ Early Bird Batting Practice can be bought in advance. com, the main ticket office 90 minutes before regular gate opening hours at Gate C, or the ticket windows at Gate A (left field).

A Guide to Experiencing Kauffman Stadium

MeLinda Schnyder, a guest blogger, offers advice on how to maximize your visit to Kauffman Stadium.

My spouse has attended games at every Major League Baseball stadium as of right now, but Kauffman Stadium, also known as The K, remains his favorite. We frequently take day trips to watch the Royals play despite our three-hour commute, and we occasionally arrange an overnight stay in Kansas City based on the Royals’ schedule.

From the stunning and distinctive fountains in the outfield to the enormous Crown Vision high definition scoreboard—the largest in the Major Leagues—and the great flavors of regional beer and barbecue, the home field of the 2015 World Champion Kansas City Royals is truly special.

Kansas City is a baseball town, and if you are familiar with Kauffman Stadium, you will enjoy the lively atmosphere even more.

For those who want to make the most of their visit to The K, here’s my fan primer:

If money is no object, opt for the Bats Crown Club seating right behind home plate. It comes with all you can eat and drink, luxury style. But really, every seat at The K has a great view of the field. When I’m looking for lower priced seats, I opt for an outfield seat instead. The good news is that there are plenty of price points within the stadium and you can take a look at the views from various seating sections before buying tickets.

You can buy tickets directly from the Royals online, via telephone or in-person at the box office. The Royals have a feature called dynamic pricing that shifts the prices of tickets based on supply and demand.

The Royals offer ticket discounts to military, seniors and students, plus a variety of special discount days that can be found on their ticketing website and by signing up for email notifications. One of my favorite ways to choose the game I want to attend is to look at the special Theme Nights – the ticket often comes with a giveaway like a bobblehead or a themed hat, or includes special activities, like a celebrity softball game before the Royals game.

Using the self-service ticket kiosks, if you choose to purchase your tickets at the stadium on game day, you can bypass the lineups at the ticket counter.

Regular-season game parking costs $15 for motorbikes and cars, $20 for larger cars, and $25 for recreational vehicles.

What to do in the Stadium

In 2017, Kauffman Stadium will host the Kansas City Royals for their 45th season. Because of ongoing renovations over the years, the stadium is aging gracefully. Before you know it, there’s a ton more to do at a Royals baseball game than just watch the game!

Your game ticket includes admission to the Royals Hall of Fame Museum, which is open until the top of the eighth inning. This location is truly exceptional and ought not to be overlooked. Many MLB ballparks charge for these types of museums.

Opened in July 2009, the 7,000-square-foot museum in the left-field area is much more than just a plaque gallery featuring the 25 members of the Royals Hall of Fame. You can begin in a theater akin to a dugout and watch a fifteen-minute film, or you can go straight to the gallery filled with antiques. Aside from other relics, such as Rawlings Gold Gloves and Cy Young Awards, you can view the Royals’ World Series Championship trophies from 1985 and 2015 as well as their American League Championship trophies from 1980, 1985, 2014, and 2015.

Even if you’ve already visited the museum, you should still go because the displays rotate from season to season to highlight memorable Royals baseball moments. This year’s exhibits feature Gold Glove contenders, rookies from 2011, and a multimedia history of the All-Star Game.

Additionally, a recently added memorial to the late Yordano Ventura—who passed away in January 2017—is available. Ventura’s jersey from his 2014 postseason debut against the Angels is on display, along with other mementos that pay tribute to the pitcher.

The Hall of Fame museum is part of the Outfield Experience, an area developed in 2009 to provide entertainment for all ages. Behind the Hall of Fame is a kids’ area with a miniature version of The K, a base run, batting and pitching cages, five holes of mini-golf and a Royals-themed carousel. You can pay for each activity or, on Family FunDay Sunday, you can buy an all-day pass for $10 per child. Every Sunday home game, the Royals host Family FunDay Sunday with pre-game entertainment on the Outfield Experience stage, face painters, caricature or balloon artists and a pre-game Royals autograph session. After the game, kids 14 and under can run the bases on the big league field for free.

From a $17 legends tour to a $350 all-access tour that includes a Loge Level seat and $50 food voucher, fans can see as much of The K as they want on an official stadium tour. The tours must be booked in advance and typically run Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from April 4 to May 31, Tuesday through Saturday June 1 to Aug. 31 and Tuesday, Friday and Saturday Sept. 2 to 30. Check MLBs Royals Tour Site for tour descriptions.


What is the Earlybird experience at Kauffman Stadium?

Early Bird Batting Practice. Get an exclusive view of batting practice from behind the dugout! Early Bird Batting Practice begins at Gate A (Left Field) one hour before regular gate opening times.

What is the Royals outfield experience?

Located in between the Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Pit and Sluggerrr’s Mini Golf, the Outfield Experience Main Stage is used as a pre-game entertainment space for various theme nights and special events. No tokens required.

How much does the Royals outfield experience cost?

Tokens cost $2 and can be purchased at the token sales counter located by the carousel or The Plaza Level and View Level Guest Service booths. Also, $10 All Day Play Passes can be purchased for unlimited access to all activities throughout the game at the sales counter located by the carousel.

How early can you enter Kauffman Stadium?

Gates Open Friday – Sunday Games: All gates will open 1.5 hours prior to game time. Gate C opens 2 hours prior to CommunityAmerica Credit Union Crown Club ticket holders (Sections 1 – 6) only. Monday – Thursday Games: All gates will open 1 hour prior to game time.