Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals are looking at options for a new downtown ballpark in Kansas City.
CEO/chairman John Sherman said that the Royals need to start thinking about plans for a stadium over the next five to 10 years.
One of those options is downtown instead of Jackson County, where Kauffman Stadium is currently located in the Truman Sports Complex. Sherman said:
We are conducting an internal process to help us evaluate our options of where we play. One of those options is to play downtown baseball. We’re starting to get more feedback from the community. We look forward to more. But wherever we play, it’ll meet that criterion. And it’s got to do great things for Kansas City.
Wherever we play, the criteria will be that the process will result in meaningful community impact that is real and measurable.
It will result in economic growth and economic activity that benefits this region, also in a real and measurable way. And I think about quality of life. … I think the other criteria is that we need to have a positive impact in the quality of life for our citizens in Kansas City with a particular focus on those underrepresented parts of our community.
Kauffman Stadium opened as Royals Stadium in 1973.
PSAM editor John Sheehan caught up with Yves De Cocker, Managing Director of PitchTecConcept, who explains how his company bridges the gap between sports organisations and the technology used in the playing surface industry.
The interview covers:
Yves 20+ years industry leading experience in the evolution of hybrid grass, trends he has noticed and some of the notable projects he has been involved with
The key reasons for Yves launching PitchTecConcept
Common mistakes often made with playing surface management
The steps he offers as a bridge between the industry and the end user
Advice to clubs looking to maximise their event calendars without compromising on the performance of their playing surface