MLB All-Star Game 2012: Best Features at Kansas City Royals' Kauffman Stadium
For those that have never made the trek to the west side of the state of Missouri for a baseball game, you are in for a treat this weekend.
It has been difficult over the years for the Kansas City Royals to make a name for themselves inside their own state, with the success enjoyed by the St. Louis Cardinals. But when Major League Baseball awarded them the 2012 All-Star Game, their chance had arrived.
While the Royals organization would much rather elbow their way into increased exposure by winning on the field, having the event in Kansas City for the first time since their stadium opened in 1973 is something the entire city will treasure.
Kansas City approved a tax increase in 2006 to finance renovations to Kauffman Stadium and nearby Arrowhead Stadium.
The Royals chose to infuse a new flare into the classic offerings of the stadium.
Here are some of the coolest features at the home of the Kansas City Royals, Kauffman Stadium.
The Water Spectacular
The best-known feature at Kauffman Stadium is the fountain and waterfall display located behind the right field fence, known as the Water Spectacular.
Standing at 322 feet, it is the largest privately-funded fountain in the entire world.
The fountains are flaunted before and after the game and in between innings, while the waterfalls are constantly flowing. The color added to the water creates an amazing show.
While it is awesome to see a ball or two hit into the fountains every now and then, watching the Home Run Derby Monday night is going to be a real treat. Just don't go swimming to retrieve the balls. That is definitely a no-no.
The scoreboard at Kauffman Stadium was rolled out in time for the start of the 2008 season. At the time it was built, it was the largest high-definition LED Display in the world, standing at 84 feet wide and 105 feet tall.
The scoreboard, built to resemble the shield in the Kansas City Royals logo, was constructed in 55 different segments. Costing $8.3 million, the control room is staffed with up to 17 employees on game days.
The crown atop the scoreboard features strobe lights that flash with every Royals' home run. Here's hoping that it is very active during the All-Star Game festivities.
The recent push for downtown stadiums across professional sports has had an enormous effect on tailgating prior to games.
When the Royals opted for renovating Kauffman Stadium instead of building a brand new structure in downtown Kansas City, the idea of gathering with fellow fans before home games was preserved.
The vast parking lot allows for as many people, foods, beverages and games as you can imagine.
While the city is split on whether or not the Royals would be better off in a more centralized location, you cannot deny that the atmosphere, smells and camaraderie across the large concrete playground is something to be desired.
Get out to the events early, meet some Kansas Citians and become a part of our city as much as you possibly can.
Other cool things to look out for are the Buck O'Neil Legacy Seat, the Royals Hall of Fame, the Interactive Kids Area, the Outfield Plaza and Rivals Sports Bar.