The Kansas City Royals will be celebrating their 50th season with anniversary themes throughout the season. Although it doesn’t look like they will have some of the same familiar faces this year, there are still a number of fun promotions for fans. You can find the complete promotional schedule here.
The team will give out a replica of Municipal Stadium, the original home of the Royals at 22nd and Brooklyn, before the April 14 game against the Angels. There will be five bobblehead giveaways - a Han-Solo themed Salvador Perez for Star Wars Day (May 4 vs. Tigers), Sluggerrr (May 5 vs. Tigers), George Brett Pine Tar (May 19 vs. Yankees), Whit Merrifield (June 2 vs. Athletics), and Jeff Montgomery (August 25 vs. Indians).
Get ready for our #Royals50 weekend celebrations! As part of our 50th Season, 2018 will be highlighted by themed weekends full of events, one-of-a kind giveaway items and on-field alumni recognitions. Check out our #Royals50 Monthly Themes here: https://t.co/R70s2n75Ax pic.twitter.com/NIB19qsDey— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) January 25, 2018
Opening Day on March 29 against the White Sox will include a free magnetic schedule. Other giveaways include Tote Bag Night (April 28 vs. White Sox), replica jerseys (May 20 vs. Yankees), Cops are Topps Baseball Card Set (May 29 vs. Twins), Kids Growth Chart (June 3 vs. Athletics), 50th Logo Baseball Hat (June 16 vs. Astros), BBQ Tongs (June 17 vs. Astros), 50th Season Logo Coffee Mug (July 22 vs. Twins), Jr. Firefighter Hat (July 23 vs. Tigers), 1985 Replica World Series Championship Trophy (August 11 vs. Cardinals), Replica Champions Gold Threads Jersey (August 12 vs. Cardinals), Los Reales Baseball Hat (September 1 vs. Orioles), Ladies Bag (September 14 vs. Twins), 50th Season Canvas Collage (September 15 vs. Twins), 50th Season Logo Royals Tumbler (September 16 vs. Twins), 50th Season Logo Hooded Sweatshirt (September 29 vs. Indians) and the 2018 Team Photo/2019 Schedule (September 30 vs. Indians).
We’re giving you a sneak peek of our first giveaway item celebrating 50 Seasons of #Royals baseball in 2018! Check out the entire promo schedule including giveaways and events on Thursday. https://t.co/8EG6arYJGQ pic.twitter.com/39DY05PAau— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) January 22, 2018
Dressed to the Nines Day/Salute to the Negro Leagues will take place May 6 vs. the Tigers, with the club handing out vintage Monarch hats. The Big Slick Celebrity Softball Game will take place June 1 before the Athletics game. Star Wars Day will be May 4 vs. the Tigers and Game of Thrones Night will be June 19 vs. the Rangers. “School Day at the K” is Thursday, May against the Tigers. Zubapalozoza will be August 31 against the Orioles. Fan Appreciation Night is September 29 against the Indians and will feature a fireworks spectacular.
There will continue to be T-shirt Tuesdays on May 15, June 12, July 3, July 24, August 7, and August 28. College nights will be for Missouri (April 27), Kansas State (June 15), Nebraska (July 7), Wichita State (July 20), Kansas (August 24), Missouri State (September 28). Kids will “run the show” at KidsFest on July 8, which will feature activities and entertainment for children.
The Royals will also continue Price Chop Mondays, GordoNation nights, Firework Fridays, Buck Night, 610 Saturdays, Family FunDay Sunday, and Student Nights and Local Music Showcases. The Royals will be home for Independence Day on July 4, which will feature a fireworks spectacular. There are also two Paint at the Park nights (April 26 and June 3), four Bark at the Park days (April 24, May 30, August 15, and September 12), and a Classic Car Show on August 26.
Other promotions include Autism Awareness Night (April 13), Tourism Night (April 25), Boy Scout Day (April 29), Stroke Awareness Night (May 5), Nurses Night (May 15), WW I Night and Legends Night (May 18), Law Enforcement Night (May 29), Play Ball Weekend (June 2), Prostate Cancer Awareness Day (June 17), Faith and Family Night (July 7), Girl Scout Day (July 8). Firefighter Appreciation Night (July 23), Women’s Health Awareness Day (August 12), Healthcare Services Night (August 14), Bacon Day (August 25), Oklahoma City Thunder Day (August 26), Viva Los Reales (September 1), Arts Day (September 2), Armed Forces Night (September 11), Girls Night Out (September 14), Yoga Day (September 16), Love Your Melon (September 27), Futures Night (September 28) and Special Day at the K (September 30).
The Royals will also be participating in a “Turn Ahead the Clock” tribute night in Seattle. It is the 20th anniversary of a promotion where the Mariners and the visiting Royals wore futuristic uniforms that seared our eyes and set uniforms back two decades.
Turning it back to when we turned it ahead.— Mariners (@Mariners) January 25, 2018
We celebrate the 20th anniversary of Turn Ahead the Clock Night on June 30 vs. the Royals. https://t.co/VYC3gcBwSe pic.twitter.com/48m009sISF
Well, the Royals won’t be wearing those shiny yellow monstrosities, they’re toning it down because the future is not as bright and colorful as we once thought.
And while the original uniforms from 1998 definitely made a statement, we'll pay homage to them in more tasteful take on a futuristic uniform on June 30 in Seattle. Check out a sneak peek... pic.twitter.com/viU32igj5I— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) January 25, 2018
You can read more about special promotions at the Royals team blog. Any promotions you are looking forward to?