Are we truly ready to move away from historic Kauffman Stadium?
Kauffman Stadium has housed the Kansas City Royals since 1973. As things currently stand, The K is the sixth-oldest stadium in the MLB. With that history comes immense culture and plenty of memories. Kauffman’s age should have nothing to do with a potential move downtown. Given the recent renovations to the complex, things being outdated simply can’t be an issue.
Back to the memories. If the Royals leave Kauffman Stadium in 12 years, they’ll be leaving behind All-Star Games. They’ll be waving goodbye to fond memories of a ton of playoff games, including multiple World Series berths. From throwback stars like George Brett and Bret Saberhagen to recent faces of the franchise like Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez, their careers will have lived and died within the confines of Kauffman.
Kansas City is a very rich sports town with some of the most passionate fans in the world. They don’t take lightly to change and value tradition and history tremendously. John Sherman and his new regime may not feel the same exact way, which could ruffle some feathers. If the majority of the fanbase isn’t all-in, that’ll present a challenge.
At the end of the day, there are plenty of hoops to jump through before the Royals move to the downtown KC area. When and if they do so, it will be just a short trip from Kauffman Stadium — a ballpark with one of the richest histories in the sport. Although 12 years sounds like a long time for Sherman and company to make up their minds, they better decide sooner rather than later.