KANSAS CITY, MO – The Kansas City Royals are ready to welcome fans to the stands at Kauffman Stadium this season.
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The Royals open the season at home against the Texas Rangers on April 1st at 3:10 p.m. The team is expected to play against the Los Angeles Angels, Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays in the first month of the season.
Fans must plan ahead to play a game at Kauffman Stadium this season. Due to the precautionary measures for COVID-19, tickets will not be sold at the box office on the day of the match. There are additional changes to ticketing including:
- No printed tickets
- Must use the MLB Ballpark app for ticketing
- Parking must be prepaid via royals.com/parking
- Cashless transactions are required, including debit cards, credit cards, gift cards, or mobile wallets
- You’ll also need to park nearby and enter the gate closest to your seat
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The changes don’t stop in the parking lot. You will also see differences in the stadium. Some of these precautions include:
- Reduced stadium capacity to allow social distancing
- The Royals Hall of Fame and Outfield Experience are closed
- Increased cleaning procedures throughout the stadium
- Hand sanitizer available at various locations
- Royals employees and guests must wear face masks
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Concessions will also look different for the 2021 season at the Kauffman Stadium. Just like with ticketing and parking, you have to pay for your snacks and drinks with plastic or a mobile wallet. Changes also include the following:
- A multitude of “Grab N ‘Go’s”, self-checkout, mobile order pick-up and kiosk order booths throughout the stadium
- All drinks are offered with a lid or cap without refilling
- Pre-packaged spices are available from the stands
- Fewer menu options
- All menus in restaurants are available via the QR code
- In-seat vending is suspended
One of the biggest complaints we’ve heard of so far is the Royals’ “no bag” policy. That means no purses for women. The royals ask you to only bring things that you can fit in your pockets. They say feminine products are available in all toilets when needed.
The only exceptions are for guests with illnesses or childcare needs. Supplies such as diapers, wipes, formulas, bottles or breast pumps must be brought into the stadium in a transparent plastic bag. Staff look at the bags during the screening process.
Another change is that smoking or steaming is not allowed in or around the stadium this season.
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