Royals host Grow with the Pros event on March 24

KANSAS CITY, MO (March 19, 2012) – The Kansas City Royals, together with Royals Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, will host the Grow with the Pros Open House at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, March 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.  During the event, which is free to the public, fans will have an opportunity to learn tips and techniques on grass and field maintenance from the Royals Grounds Crew and participating vendors.  In conjunction with the Grow with the Pros event, fans can also receive information about season ticket packages and stock up on the latest merchandise at the Majestic Team Store.

Beginning at 10 a.m., fans will have the chance to step onto the Kauffman Stadium field and visit with members of the Royals Grounds Crew – including Trevor Vance, Director-Groundskeeping and Landscaping – and local vendors set up along the warning track.  Raffles and drawings with prizes from participating vendors will also be held throughout the event.

Local vendors scheduled to participate include: 

  • Constant Care Irrigation
  • John Deere Landscape
  • John Deere Equipment
  • PBI Gordon
  • Weather or Not
  • Turfs Up-Weedman
  • Diamond Pro

In addition, fans will have the opportunity to view the best available season ticket locations and secure rights to purchase All-Star ticket strips with the purchase of a half-season or full-season plan.  Smaller plans, including 10-, 15- and 20-game plans will also be available for purchase during the event.  Please note that the smaller plans do not guarantee fans the opportunity to purchase All-Star ticket strips.  For more information, fans may contact the Royals Ticket Services staff by calling (816) 504-4040, option 3, or emailing ticketservices@royals.com.

All guests will have a chance to enter into a raffle for a Joakim Soria autographed baseball, and fans purchasing a season ticket package during the event will receive a free gift.  In addition, fans visiting the open house can enjoy a 20 percent discount at the Majestic Team Store.

Fans may enter the Truman Sports Complex through Gate 1, located off Blue Ridge Cutoff on the east side of the complex; the Premium Entrance/Bus Exit, located off Stadium Drive on the west side; or the Gate 5 Truck Lane off Raytown Road.  Fans should park in Lot M and enter through the Royals Majestic Team Store located next to Gate C.  For additional information, please visit www.royals.com/openhouse.

Following the Grow with the Pros Open House, Royals Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will host a private field maintenance clinic for local little leagues and previous Royalty Fields and Baseball Tomorrow Fund grant recipients.  In conjunction with the clinic, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will present $5,000 grants to both Blue Springs (Mo.) High School and Van Horn High School in Independence, Mo., for baseball field upgrades.     

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund was established in 1999 to promote and enhance the growth of baseball throughout the world by funding programs, field improvements and equipment purchases all in an effort to encourage and maintain youth participation in baseball and softball.  The Baseball Tomorrow Fund averages $1.5 million in grants annually and partners with teams around the Major Leagues on equipment drives. 

Royalty Fields, an ongoing Royals Charities matching grant program, provides financial support to improve baseball and/or softball facilities throughout the Midwest.  Since its inception in 2006, Royalty Fields has awarded more than 50 matching grants.

For additional information, members of the media may contact the Royals Publicity Department at (816) 921-8000.