Kansas City's Kaufman Stadium: Road Trip to Barbeque and Baseball History

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Kansas City's Kaufman Stadium: Road Trip to Barbeque and Baseball History
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Whether you're a Cardinals fan heading west on I-70 for the series in Kansas City this weekend or just looking for another ballpark to check off your list, Wise Guides has an itinerary to Kaufman Stadium for you. 

Feel free to go off course a little, but we think we've got the basics covered.

Kansas City may not compare to New York, Boston or Chicago for urban grit and excitement, and the Royals have been down for many years running. But KC is a great spot to combine a bit of baseball history and some of the best barbecue anywhere with a trip to the ballpark.

Start downtown at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Read about how the league was born in Kansas City and its many great players, like Satchel Paige, "Cool Papa" Bell, Josh Gibson, and Jackie Robinson, who played for the Kansas City Monarchs before being signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The museum is located in the historic 18th and Vine district alongside the American Jazz Museum. If you’ve got time, go there, too, and learn about another great American pastime.

After the museum(s), head down the block to Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque and get some of their award-winning KC barbecue to go.

Pack it in the car and hop on the George Brett Superhighway (I-70) to the park, and get there early to do some tailgating. Kauffman Stadium is surrounded by parking lots, so you’ll be joined by many Royals fans doing the same.

The K (previously Royals Stadium) opened in 1973 and has always been a good place to watch a game, and a just completed $250 million renovation has only enhanced that. New "Fountain Seats," in front of the world’s largest privately funded fountain, are one of the highlights, as well as a new restaurant, Rivals.

If you skipped the tailgate or simply didn’t get enough barbecue, another local favorite, Gates, has a stand inside the park at section 122. It goes well with a locally brewed Boulevard Beer. And leave room for regionally famous Sheridan’s Frozen Custard.

K.C. is also known for steak, so if you’re still hungry when the game ends, head back downtown to the Hereford House or one of the city’s other steakhouses.

For a nightcap, hit the nearby 12 Baltimore Bar at the downtown Hotel Phillips.

 

Where to go

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., 816-221-1920

American Jazz Museum, 1616 E. 18th St., 816-474-8463

Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque, 1727 Brooklyn Ave., 816-231-1123

Gates & Sons Bar-B-Q, 1221 Brooklyn Ave., 816-483-3880

Hereford House, 2 E. 20th St., 816-842-1080

12 Baltimore Bar, 106 W. 12th St., 816-346-4410

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