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A taste of the future Kauffman Stadium

Royals details renovation plans

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KANSAS CITY -- The Royals announced further plans for the renovations to Kauffman Stadium at a press conference on Monday morning. The $250 million dollar project is scheduled to start this October and be completed by Opening Day 2010.

The new park with feature a high definition scoreboard, 39,000 seats, fountain view terraces, widened concourses on all three levels and an outfield concourse that will allow fans to walk around the stadium 360 degrees.

"We are going to have [a] brand new stadium," Jackson County legislative chairman Dan Tarwater said earlier this season.

There will also be a restaurant area in right field that could feature local eateries.

"We are not too sure," Kevin Uhlich, Royals' senior vice president of business operations, said. "We could keep it in-house. It will have a sports bar-type feel to it and will be a gathering spot for fans."

Left field will feature a permanent Hall of Fame exhibit. The "Little K," currently located outside of the stadium, will be moved behind left field.

The changes will be done in phases. By Opening Day 2008, the stadium will feature new bullpens that will be perpendicular to the field, expanded dugout and crown seating and expanded vomitories -- the tunnel-like passages between the seats and the outside walls -- in the stadium.

"We need to do everything in a certain sequence," Uhlich said.

Opening Day 2009 will feature several more changes, including an outfield plaza, a walk of fame, an expanded View Level concourse and a food court, new scoreboard and new press facilities. Everything should be finished by Opening Day 2010, with several final touches, including completed areas in the Diamond Club, Crown Club, Stadium Club and home-plate suites installed.

"There are going to be areas in the stadium that are going to be touched for all facets of fans, not only the premium areas -- obviously those are necessary for any renovation -- but the fan who is going to come to one game a year," Uhlich said earlier this season.

The Royals said they looked at several ballparks for the new design, including Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park, San Diego's PETCO Park and the renovation at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

"The best designs take little pieces from everything," Uhlich said.

Walton Construction and Hunt Construction will be the two construction managers on the project. HOK Sport will handle the architecture side. HOK has more than two decades of experience in sports stadium construction, including helping 24 Major League teams, 30 NFL franchises and 120 colleges and universities on their stadium projects.

Conor Nicholl is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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