A taste of the future Kauffman Stadium

The Royals
announced further plans for the renovations to Kauffman Stadium at a press
conference on Monday morning. The $250 million dollar project is scheduled to
start this October and be completed by Opening Day 2010.

The new
park with feature a high definition scoreboard, 39,000 seats, fountain view
terraces, widened concourses on all three levels and an outfield concourse that
will allow fans to walk around the stadium 360 degrees.

are going to have [a] brand new stadium,”


legislative chairman Dan Tarwater said earlier this season.

There will
also be a restaurant area in right field that could feature local eateries.

are not too sure,” Kevin Uhlich, Royals’ senior vice president of business
operations, said. “We could keep it in-house. It will have a sports
bar-type feel to it and will be a gathering spot for fans.”

Left field
will feature a permanent Hall of Fame exhibit. The “Little K,”
currently located outside of the stadium, will be moved behind left field.

The changes will be done in phases. By Opening
Day 2008, the stadium will feature new bullpens that will be perpendicular to
the field, expanded dugout and crown seating and expanded vomitories — the
tunnel-like passages between the seats and the outside walls — in the stadium.

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