Fans will return to Kauffman Stadium this week for the first time in over a year, but things will be a bit different due to COVID-19. Attendance will be initially limited to 30 percent of capacity, although that limit can be lifted as cases decrease.
The Royals are implementing several safety protocols, including:
- Pod-seating with groups separated by at least six feet.
- Masks required at all times unless eating or drinking.
- Mobile-only ticketing (no printed tickets), no day-of game box office sales, and cashless vendor transactions.
- Entrance only through specific gates corresponding to seat section with a stadium entry queue system to support social distancing.
- Beverages will be offered with lids or caps and refills will not be offered.
- No smoking or spitting.
- Parking will need to be purchased in advance.
You can find more details about the safety protocols at royals.com/safety.
The Royals will also be prohibiting fans from bringing bags, with exceptions for 6.5’’ x 4.5’’ clutch purses and infant or medical single compartment bags. The original bag policy did not allow for clutch purses, drawing criticism from fans over concerns about the need to carry menstrual products. Those products will also be provided in restrooms. For fans that wish to bring an infant or medical bag, those bags will need to be clear and will be screened by staff. No outside food will be permitted.
Cashless transactions could also pose an issue for some guests, with vendors only accepting credit or debit cards, gift cards, and mobile wallets. Reverse ATMs will be provided inside the ballpark. The number of guests in a store will be limited with floor markers to encourage social distancing. Kauffman Stadium has also installed some “Grab N’ Go” concession stands, self-checkout, and mobile ordering pickup. Condiments will be pre-packaged, and some menu offerings will be limited.
The Royals Hall of Fame and Outfield Experience are closed until further notice. Hand sanitizer will be provided around the stadium, and staff will be encouraging social distancing in common areas.
Tailgating is still allowed, but guests must use only the tailgate area behind their vehicle, and can only tailgate with fans from their pod. Masks are recommended while in the parking lot.
The Royals are asking that fans that feel sick within 14 days before a game stay home. They also ask that people sit in pods with people they know rather than strangers. Above all, they ask fans for patience as many of these protocols are new and under unique circumstances that are difficult for everyone.
Will you be headed out to the K this year?