09/17/2008 1:45 PM ET
Royals announce 2009 regular season schedule
Grand reopening of Kauffman Stadium vs. Yankees April 10
2009 season schedule
KANSAS CITY -- The Kansas City Royals today announced their entire regular season schedule for the 2009 season. Opening Day is scheduled for April 6 in Chicago against the White Sox. KC opens the season against the White Sox for the sixth time in franchise history, but just the second time in the Windy City (1976).
The Royals home opener and the official Grand Re-Opening of Kauffman Stadium are set for Friday, April 10 against the New York Yankees, kicking off a three-game series. 2009 will mark the second straight season and the fourth time the Royals have opened at home against New York (1977, 1984 and 2008).
The Royals will conclude the 2009 slate with three games in Minneapolis on Oct. 2-4, playing the final regular season baseball games ever in the Metrodome, as the Twins will open up their new ballpark in 2010. Kansas City also played the final baseball game at Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis on Sept. 30, 1981.
The 2009 home schedule is once again highlighted by a three-game series against the intrastate rival St. Louis Cardinals from June 19-21. In addition to the Cardinals, the Royals will host the Cincinnati Reds and Arizona Diamondbacks at Kauffman Stadium to complete the Kansas City portion of the Interleague schedule.
The Royals will travel to St. Louis (May 22-24), Houston (June 23-25) and Pittsburgh (June 26-28) to complete their Interleague slate. The Royals played in Houston during the 2006 season, but have not traveled to Pittsburgh's PNC Park since 2001.
The Royals will be home on Easter (April 12), Memorial Day (May 25), Father's Day (June 21), July 4th and Labor Day (Sept. 7) next season. The heaviest month of home games is May with 17 which is followed by the lightest month, with only 11 home dates in June. The Royals longest homestands will be a pair of nine-game stays, while KC will make a pair of nine-game road trips as well.
The game dates are subject to change. Times the games will be released in either December or January.