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MLB Ballpark Rankings: Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
Kauffman Stadium|Capacity: 39,000|Opened: 1973
OVERALL RANK
12
Kauffman Stadium
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Category Rank (1-30)
1
Affordability
How would you rate the affordability of a trip to your hometown ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
1.1% 2.7% 13.4% 27.8% 55.1%
Ticket Costs
Average Ticket % Increase From 2007 MLB Rank MLB Average Ticket
$17.54 21.1% 5th $25.43
Category Rank (1-30)
8
Food
How would you rate the food at the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
0.5% 6.5% 48.1% 36.2% 8.6%
How would you rate the cost of food and beverages at the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
3.2% 10.7% 45.5% 28.9% 11.8%
What is the must-have food item offered at the ballpark and what makes it so good?
  • "Super Nachos. Large portions, and the cheese and peppers are delicious."
  • "Gates Bar-B-Q. If you've never had Kansas City barbecue before, this a great way to become an addict. Try some Gates barbecue!"
  • "Frozen Malt. There's nothing like eating hard-as-a-rock ice cream with a peanut-shaped piece of wood."
  • "The 'beef on bun' sandwich at the Gates Bar-B-Q stand is not to be missed. Kansas City's barbecue restaurants are the GREATEST ON THE PLANET, period, and Gates is the best of the best."
Category Rank (1-30)
25
Team Quality
How would you rate the quality of the product currently being put on the field by the hometown team?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
14.1% 51.1% 30.4% 2.7% 1.6%
Which player on your team is the most worth paying to watch?
Alex Gordon Billy Butler Gil Meche Zack Greinke Mark Teahen
45.7% 14.7% 13% 7.1% 4.9%
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Category Rank (1-30)
11
History & Tradition
How would you rate the sense of tradition and history at the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
1.6% 9.2% 27.7% 44% 17.4%
Category Rank (1-30)
19
Ballpark Atmosphere
How would you rate the atmosphere at the game?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
0.5% 14.1% 28.3% 33.7% 23.4%
How would you rate the level of personal comfort when you are sitting in your seat?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
0.5% 2.7% 27.2% 39.1% 30.4%
Category Rank (1-30)
14
Fan Intelligence
How would you rate the "baseball intelligence" of the home fans?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
1.1% 10.4% 27.9% 42.6% 18%
Category Rank (1-30)
2
Fan Hospitality
How would you rate the hospitality offered to fans of the opposing team?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
1.1% 2.2% 21.7% 45.7% 29.3%
What is the worst incident you've witnessed against an opposing fan or yourself?
  • "Royals fans are generally pretty nice. Part of that is that we've been so bad ourselves, they can always shoot back with that."
  • "I yell a lot and no one else is yelling with me."
  • "The only unpleasantries usually come from the Cardinal fans."
  • "There's just typical trash talk."
  • "I have not seen one. Kansas City isn't New York, you know."
Category Rank (1-30)
7
Promotions
How would you rate the quality of the promotions/giveaways offered by the home team?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
1.7% 5% 37.4% 35.2% 20.7%
What is the best promotion/giveaway your team has offered? What is the worst? What is a promotion you'd like to see?
  • "Best: Free dozen Krispy Kreme donuts for any home games where the Royals got 12 hits. Worst: Free baker's dozen bagels from Panera when they got 13 hits (Happened one time, then Panera pulled out). Would Like to See: Krispy Kreme promotion brought back."
  • "Every home game Tuesday last season, the Royals gave away jersey-style powder blue T-shirts featuring a current or former Royal's name and number. The best one was the George Brett shirt. It was powder blue and had 'pine tar stains' printed on the shoulder."
  • "The best were the fisherman hats they gave away in 1998."
  • "Every home game Tuesday last season the Royals gave away jersey-style powder blue T-shirts featuring a current or former Royals' name and number. The best one was the George Brett shirt. It was powder blue and had 'pine-tar stains' printed on the shoulder."
Category Rank (1-30)
19
Getting To The Game
How would you rate the traffic to and from the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
1.1% 8.7% 30.1% 41.5% 18.6%
How would you rate the parking availability/cost at the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
2.2% 7.7% 31.5% 29.3% 29.3%
How would you rate the public transportation options to and from the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
19.8% 31.9% 33.5% 11% 3.8%
Category Rank (1-30)
27
Neighborhood
How would you rate the dining and drinking options within walking distance of the ballpark?
Poor Below Average Average Above Average Excellent
63.4% 19.1% 8.7% 4.9% 3.8%

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