Who’s Ready for Opening Day at The K?

Hopeful for the 2014 Kansas City Royals, we take a look back to the beginning.

Long before crowds at Kauffman Stadium were cheering for Billy Butler, Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer, almost 40,000 fans gathered to watch the Royals play the first game at the brand new Royals Stadium on April 10, 1973.

Featuring soaring fountains beyond the outfield fence and a distinctive 10-story high scoreboard topped with a crown, the stadium was minted with a 12-1 victory for the Royals over the Texas Rangers. Over the decades, the stadium saw plenty of changes as players came and went and the sport evolved.

In 1993, it was renamed in honor of the team’s original owner, Ewing M. Kauffman, and modifications have been made to the seating, field, fences and fountains. One thing that hasn’t changed after more than 40 years? Kansas City is still excited for the Royals to take the field every spring.

See you at Opening Day at the K!

Murial and Ewing Kauffman get into the spirit of opening night in the Royals dugout in 1973.