KANSAS CITY, Mo. — “Irrelevant” was the best way to describe the Kansas City Royals for 39 years.
However, the once proud franchise seems back in the thick of things thanks to consecutive World Series appearances and the club’s first championship in 29 years in 2015.
The team struggled in 2015, but has remained in striking distance of the front running Twins and Indians through much of this season.
While in its 45th season, Kauffman Stadium — “The K” — has been considered one of the most attractive ballparks in Major League Baseball.
The outfield fountains — carrying out the theme of Kansas City being “the city of fountains” — are unique, as is its huge crown-shaped scoreboard.
One of the newest additions is the Royals Hall of Fame on the left field Plaza Level. The two World Series and four American League championship trophies are on display, as are other memorable items from the past.
Kauffman Stadium may have the best access of any MLB park since two major highways — I-435 on the south and I-70 on the west — flank it.
And there’s two ways to reach Kansas City, straight up and over from U.S. 69 or east on I-44 then straight up I-49.
Kauffman Stadium is part of the Jackson County Sports Complex. Arrowhead Stadium, home of the Chiefs, sits adjacent to the baseball field.
It’s the only stadium complex of its kind in the country.
There’s lots more to do in the surrounding area: the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Worlds of Fun, Union Station, the Nelson Atkins Museum and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum.