Must See Status: 6/10Threat Level: Green (Renovated in 2009)Home of: Kansas City RoyalsThe bad news first, in order to enjoy this classic gem of baseball stadium design, you will have to endure the atrocious product the Royals regularly deliver on the field. Assuming the usual early-season cellar dive holds true for foreseeable seasons in the future, Kauffman Stadium can only be recommended to fans who are able to appreciate baseball architecture, even at the expense of actual baseball. With that said, Kauffman Stadium is a true diamond in the rough as far as stadiums built in the 70′s are concerned. In an era when uninspired construction plans dominated the Major League Baseball landscape, Kauffman stadium brought a fresh dose of fresh creativity and imagination. With its trademark outfield fountains, representing Kansas City‘s famous moniker, “The City of Fountains,” beyond the Kauffman wall is a sight that can’t be replaced or replicated anywhere in the game today. Recent renovations have taken a ballpark that was once on the verge of antiquation and revived it with state of the art amenities, all while tastefully preserving the spirit of the stadium, adding a gargantuan HD scoreboard, fine dining and updated concession establishments, a right field sports bar, revamped bathrooms, an improved kids area, an impressive outfield concourse and a left field Hall of Fame/conference center.While the stadium itself may be a thing of beauty, the Truman Sports Complex, also home to the Kansas City Chiefs’ Arrowhead Stadium, is a decidedly dull location. Little more than a sea of parking lot with two stadium islands, in terms of a view, Kauffman offers little more than a glimpse at the highway, some grass and a Fellowship of Christian Athletes headquarters. Kansas City is an incredibly fun town, with its classic Plaza district and the much newer Power and Light area, in close proximity to the Sprint Center (an aspiring sports home in itself). Unfortunately, both Arrowhead and “The K” do not share the new arena’s good geographical fortune, located in the middle of nowhere by comparison. Still, while the bad baseball may make you stick to your stomach, the majesty of Kauffman is sure to serve as more than adequate medicine, well worth a visit.Recommendations: For a more fun filled cumulative visit, stay in actual Kansas City, not the Blue Springs area where the stadium is located and take a cab/drive to the game, not the other way around.
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