of games seen: 5 First game: June 18, Most recent game: May 16, Ratings are up to date, but this Kauffman Stadium review needs further updating for format and content. As you can see by the layout, this review was particularly outdated. Ratings HAVE now been updated.
Regarding the modern ballparks of the ss, I used to claim that in the somewhat distant future, there would be three kinds of ballparks remaining. Even those that deviate from the retro formula are built along the same mentality. Then we will have Wrigley and Fenway representing the early s. Then we have Kauffman Stadium along with Dodger Stadiumthe best from the 60s and 70s. Representing an era where utility was king, K. It depends.
They had to honor the simple splendor that this ballpark provided.
Fenway did a masterful job in maintaining its classic feel while adding modern amenities. Wrigley Field will too. Kauffman was in a difficult situation. So much of its aesthetic appeal is based on its open sea of grass beyond the outfield. And filling those expansive embankments with mall-like features became an apparent economic necessity.
The bottom line is the fountains and the pastoral appeal is no longer the primary focus. Its timeless identity was rooted in the simple, symmetrical outfield de. Also, for Kauffman to be timeless, we have to understand that an urban location in a community is theoretically equal to a suburban location, taking the context of the times into.
But in the future, people will come to understand the context of why the ballclub opted for a suburban location and how it typifies the era. Charlie Finley was worried about how bad the neighborhood was around Municipal Stadium.
And when the Royals came in, the management wanted fans to feel safe. Our perceptions of a rural location have only changed recently. Who knows what the future bodes? We forget how people viewed the Jewel Box ballparks before the classic revival.
For many years, the old parks were thought to be expendable and considered dumps. We forget we are just in another phase now. We still have that timeless symmetry, a welcome deviation from the standard. The K went unnoticed by the public for too long, and they had no choice but to renovate it from an economic standpoint. But it takes a lot of good luck and circumstance not to be a tool of the era, just ask Wrigley and Fenway.
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Even though there are obvious superficial differences, I see parallels to old Yankee Stadium: they renovated a classic park out of necessity, but a sterile concrete mask inevitably came with it. And once trends changed, it got replaced. But things could certainly be worse. Good, original architecture and aesthetics last forever, while amenities inevitably evolve by the decade.
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Aesthetically, the K just loses too much of its timeless appeal. Toggle .
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For now, at least. Interior from upper levels. Main and upper concourses. Outer concourse. Bullpen Bar at Rivals. Blue Moon Taproom at Rivals. Craft and Draft. Fountain Bar. Lower dugout concourse enclaves. Upper Deck Beer Garden. Pepsi Porch.