Work began with a groundbreaking ceremony on October 3, 2007, and will continue through the Major League All-Star Break in June of 2009. The majority of the construction will be completed by Opening Day of the 2009 season. Below is a brief synopsis and timeline.
A New View - Opening Day 2008
Fans will enjoy a state-of-the-art Crown videoboard and auxiliary LED videoboard in the leftfield outfield wall. A larger version of the Kauffman Stadium's signature Crown will feature the largest replay system in Major League Baseball on one of the largest videoboards in the country-All in High-Definition! The new outfield wall LED board will display out of town scores and highlights creating a whole new expanded game entertainment experience.
Other Renovations completed by April 2008
Expansion of seating in both the Crown Club and Dugout Suites.
Renovation of the existing Crown Club lounge
One circular ramp on each side will be removed
Two Stair Towers will be constructed at each end of the stadium
The current facilities behind home plate (including Royals Front Offices) will be evacuated with completion of a new building set for February of 2009
2008 In-Season Projects
Work in Dugout Concourse will begin -- one side shut down for first half of season, the other side for the second half
New Plaza Level Concessions and Restroom construction begins
Exterior work continues to widen concourses on all levels
Outfield Plaza work continues - From foul pole to foul pole, the entire area behind the outfield wall will be shut down for the beginning phases of the 360 degree connection.
2008 Off-Season Projects
The final transformation from old to new will take place during the 2008 off-season. Upon completion, Kauffman Stadium will finally become a true 360 degree experience.
View Level Food Court construction
View Level restrooms and concession upgrades
All New Stadium Graphics and Signage
Site work with exterior lighting and landscape
Press Box and Broadcast Booths constructed
New Triple Crown Suites (10 behind homeplate) and Signature Suites (14 total)
Four Group Party Suites
Loge Level concourse and concession renovation
Stadium Club Renovation
Creation of Diamond Club
Hall Of Fame and party facility in left-field
Public Restaurant in Rightfield
Little K and Interactive area in left-field
Taste of KC picnic Area in right-field
New Team Pro Shop behind homeplate
Opening Day 2009 -- GRAND RE-OPENING
The modern classic beauty of Kauffman Stadium returns in full force ready to welcome millions of Royals fans for years to come.