Excitement is building around the city as a new season of Kansas City Royals baseball inches closer. With the 2021 season comes the return of fans to Kauffman Stadium for the first time since 2019. The return of fans also brings a new set of Kauffman Stadium safety guidelines. | Buy Royals Tickets
After the 2020 season saw no fans at Royals games, the ability to return to Kauffman Stadium is exciting for everyone. Fans will be permitted to attend Royals games beginning with the first game of the season on April 1, with hopes that fans will be able to attend all 81 home games and any potential playoff games as well. Following the Kauffman Stadium safety guidelines will be important for all fans to follow.
The team announced on March 4 their plans to safely allow fans to return to Kauffman Stadium. Up to 10,000 fans per game will be allowed to attend Kauffman Stadium in 2021. While 10,000 is the current cap for fans at Kauffman Stadium throughout the month of April, the team hopes to increase capacity each month.
While a negative Covid-19 test or proof of vaccination is not necessary to attend games at The K, there is a list of health and safety protocols that fans will be required to follow this season. Masks will be required for all fans and stadium employees, and fans will be required to maintain safe social distancing in both the parking lot and within the stadium.
With tickets now officially on sale, there are multiple ticketing changes set to go into effect for the 2021 season at Kauffman Stadium. Fans will be unable to use printed tickets to enter Kauffman Stadium, and tickets WILL NOT be sold at the box office in 2021. | Buy Royals Tickets
Fans will need to purchase their tickets before arriving at the ballpark. Once tickets are purchased, they must be accessed through the free MLB Ballpark app. | Get MLB Ballpark App
Another new protocol in 2021 is that ALL parking passes must be purchased in advance. Fans CANNOT purchase parking at the gate. Fans must purchase parking online before entering the stadium. This same protocol was implemented at Arrowhead Stadium for the 2020-21 season.
Fans will be required to park by and enter the gate closest to their seats. This will allow fans easier access to their seats, and also limits unnecessary interaction with other fans and stadium personnel.
Much like during the Chiefs season, the parking lot will be split into zones. Fans will simply enter the parking lot and follow signage toward their color-coordinated zone to park. In order to know which zone you need to park in, simply check your game ticket on your phone. It will be colored with your zone’s color, and will also list where you need to enter. | Zone Maps for Parking/Stadium Entry
Tailgating will be allowed in the parking lot ahead of Royals games. Similar to the protocols set for Chiefs games in 2020-21, fans are asked to limit their tailgating to the area behind their vehicle and to maintain proper social distancing to help keep all fans safe.
Once inside the stadium, there will be a few changes that fans will experience due to updated health and safety protocols. One of the most important changes for fans is the updated Royals No-Bag Policy. Only a 6.5″ x 4.5″ clutch/hand bag will be allowed into the stadium. No other bags will be allowed. The only exceptions are for guests with medical or childcare related needs. Those necessary items must be brought in a clear plastic bag or single-compartment bag. | Royals No-Bag Policy
Some of the other in-stadium changes include:
- Cashless transactions at concession stands and all other areas where payment is required
- Royals Hall of Fame and Outfield Experience will remain closed until further notice
- Increased cleaning procedures throughout the stadium
- Hand sanitizer available at various locations
- Stadium employees and guests are required to wear face masks
Many of these changes almost exactly mirror ones made at Arrowhead Stadium for the recent Chiefs season. If you attended a game at Arrowhead, many of the new protocols for the Kauffman Stadium safety guidelines will be familiar to you.
Another change within the stadium will involve the concessions and gift shops that fans can enjoy. Not all of the typical options will be available to start the 2021 season due to health and safety protocols. As a reminder, all financial transactions will be 100% cashless. Here are some other notes about concessions:
- A variety of “Grab N’ Go’s,” self-checkout, mobile order pickup and kiosk ordering stands throughout the stadium
- All beverages will be offered with lids or caps, no refills
- Pre-packaged condiments will be available at stands
- All menus in restaurants will be available via QR Code
- In-seat vending is suspended
The Royals Fan Store and other shops will also be open, with protocols in place to help keep fans safe. Here is a breakdown of those protocols:
- Usage of ever other register
- New store layouts
- Limited number of guests in the store at a given time
- Floor markers to keep guests distanced
- Hand sanitizer available at all retail locations