Team: Kansas City Royals
Location: 1 Royal Way in Kansas City
★ History: Kauffman Stadium originally opened as Royals Stadium in 1973, and despite being 45 years old, it’s still ranked as one of the top 10 ballparks in Major League Baseball by sports-writers from USA Today, NBC and Forbes. In 1993, Kauffman Stadium was officially renamed in honor of Ewing M. Kauffman, the founder and first owner of the Royals. Known for its spacious outfield and unique 322-foot-wide fountain – a nod to Kansas City’s nickname, City of Fountains – the real highlight is the 2009 addition of a massive high-definition scoreboard and display screen in the shape of the Royals logo, complete with golden crown on top.
★ Must-Try Eats: Scouting for a wide selection of craft beer and gourmet game-day fare? Kauffman’s Craft & Draft is your destination. Located on the Loge Level along the third-base line, Craft & Draft has, in addition to a killer selection of 75 beers, a pub-style menu with new specials every home game. The coconut-chicken salad features shredded coconut-battered chicken tenders chopped and served over spring mix and baby kale with avocado, tomato, a hard-boiled egg and shredded Cheddar cheese with a honey vinaigrette. For more classic ballpark fare, wind up for the Drunken Barbacoa Beef Nachos topped with slow-cooked beef cheek braised in orange juice and Boulevard Brewing Co.’s Tank 7 Farmhouse Ale, then shredded and served over tortilla chips with habanero queso, chipotle-lime sour cream, charred corn, black beans, pico de gallo and green onions. If you’re looking for gourmet hot dogs, head over to the new Dogfather Cart at Gate D and try a Godfather-inspired hot dog. The KC Boss, a new fan favorite, is topped with mac ‘n’ cheese, barbecue sauce, maple-pepper bacon and parsley. Slide into something sweet with two new sundaes: Choose from nitro ice cream in flavors like Moose Tracks or Home Plate dirt and worms, or opt for a scoop of Jane Dough’s edible cookie dough and add your favorite ice-cream toppings.
★ Must-Try Drinks: Just in time for Opening Day at Kauffman, Boulevard Brewing Co. launched a new beer in honor of the Royals called ¡Vamos! (Let’s Go!). Look for the Mexican-style lager as well as Boulevard’s new Jam Band Berry Ale at Craft & Draft alongside other local brews from Martin City Brewing Co., Free State Brewing Co., Mother’s Brewing Co., 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Schlafly Beer. (Photo by Adam Caselman)