|The Kansas City Royals have been called “the pride of Missouri,” and with good reason. The team brings fans to their feet every season with stunning performances on the baseball diamond. Playing in uniforms of blue, gold and white, the Royals compete in the Central Division of Major League Baseball’s American League, and have come to be well -respected for their ability. First established in the late 1960s, the Royals boast a history extending more than 40 years. Whether you find yourself passing through Missouri for the first time or are a longtime resident of the state, Kansas City Royals tickets make for a great day out at the ballpark and fun memories!
Following the 1967 season, the Kansas City Athletics (now known as the Oakland Athletics) left Missouri and headed West in pursuit of a change. Left with a void for a professional franchise, Stuart Symington, a state senator, began working relentlessly to bring a new team to the area. Thus, the idea for the Kansas City Royals was born. Fortunately, the MLB was going through a major expansion at the time, bringing four new teams into the big leagues. After some deliberation, the league granted Kansas City the team on the condition that the city could put together the investors necessary to finance the operation. Once the details were hammered out, Kansas City was slated to start playing professional baseball again in the 1969 season. The team honored the heritage of the city by being named after an annual livestock show held there known as the American Royal.
The Kansas City Royals, despite having a shorter tenure than many baseball teams, have fared comparatively well in postseason play. Perhaps most impressively, the team went through an incredible streak of success during the late 1970s and early 1980s, appearing in the playoffs seven out of nine years between 1976 and 1985. The Royals have won the West Division of the American League six different times. These victories came in 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1984 and 1985, respectively. In 1980 and 1985, the team also went on to win the prestigious American League pennant, which they also won again in 2014. As of 2015, the team has only won one World Series title, which came in 1985.
The Royals originally played at Municipal Stadium, but moved to Kauffman Stadium after their third season in 1972. The ballpark is named for Ewing Kauffman, who was the founding owner of the franchise and involved in its operations for many years thereafter. The field boasts a seating capacity of nearly 38,000, and joins the Kansas City Chiefs Arrowhead Stadium as part of the city’s Truman Sports Complex. The venue has also played host to a number of high-profile concerts and exhibitions, as well as the 2012 MLB All-Star Game.