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Royals to dedicate new hall of fame Friday
07/16/2009 5:12 PM ET

KANSAS CITY, MO - The Kansas City Royals will dedicate the new Royals Hall of Fame with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Grand Opening on Friday, July 17.

Prior to the Royals-Rays matchup at 7:10 p.m., the Royals invite fans to join in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Royals Hall of Fame. A game ticket is required for the ceremony, which begins at 4:00 p.m. and takes place outside of the main entrance to the Hall of Fame (near Gate A beyond left field). Scheduled speakers include Royals president Dan Glass, Hall of Fame third baseman George Brett, Royals Hall of Fame second baseman Frank White and Royals Hall of Fame announcer Denny Matthews. Royals Hall of Fame members Steve Busby, Dennis Leonard, John Mayberry, Jeff Montgomery, Amos Otis, Fred Patek, Art Stewart and Willie Wilson are scheduled to attend, as are Vince Burke, son of the late Joe Burke, Jana Howser, daughter of the late Dick Howser and Janie Quisenberry-Stone, widow of the late Dan Quisenberry.

After the ceremony, the Hall of Fame will be open to fans. No separate ticket is required for the Hall of Fame for fans with game tickets. Fans will be admitted every 15 minutes in groups of 40 to tour the Hall of Fame, which features interactive displays and exhibits that chronicle Kansas City's baseball history from 1884 to the present. The Royals Hall of Fame will be open during all home games and will operate daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the baseball season.

The Royals Hall of Fame Classic, presented by Willie Wilson Baseball and Farmland Foods, is set to start at 5:00 p.m. The game will feature Royals greats in an exhibition game against former MLB stars. Proceeds from the event will go to TeamSmile, a non-profit organization that teams with major sports organizations to provide quality dental care to underserved populations, and Royals Charities. For more information, members of the media may contact the Royals Media Relations Department at 816-921-8000.

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