Updated: Mar 1, 2022
The year, 2015. The month, October. With a chill in the air, the days were getting shorter and Kansas City was in a frenzy. The Kansas City Royals were in the world series! The second straight year of accomplishing such a feat. After losing the 2014 World Series to the San Francisco Giants, the following year the Royals took on the New York Mets. Again, a big market team from the coast had to come to the heartland of America to take on the little market team that could.
The national media hated it. In 2014 the Royals thwarted the attempt of the powers that be to have an all-California World Series. All West Coast. The Giants were a shoo-in, but in the playoffs, the Royals ushered out both the Oakland A’s and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In 2015 the Royals took care of both the Houston Astros and the Toronto Blue Jays. Like it or not, the national media was going to have to come to “fly-over country” to cover the Fall Classic.
Quickly, the nation learned what we in Kansas City already knew, when it comes to sports, there are no finer fields than Kauffman and Arrowhead Stadium. The home of the Kansas City Royals and Kansas City Chiefs. The teams that every sports fanatic in the area lives and dies for. Two stadiums that have stood the test of time. Seen many events both big and small, and now in her beauty, about to turn fifty years old. Fifty years of making Kansas City a Major League City.
Arrowhead Stadium opened
in 1972 with Royals Stadium (now Kauffman Stadium) following right behind and opening in 1973. Right out of the gate, the new Kansas City Chiefs (formerly the Dallas Texans) boasted the likes of young Quarterback Len Dawson and Head Coach Hank Stram. Over the years the Chiefs have had legends grace the field of Arrowhead. People like Joe Montana, Marcus Allen, Derrick Thomas, Priest Holmes, Tony Gonzalez, and most recently Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, and Patrick Mahomes. Two Super Bowl titles have been won by the organization. Let us not forget the other purposes for Arrowhead. The stadium has hosted Kenny Chesney many times and has been filled with fans cheering on Taylor Swift, Ed Shereen, and Gun’s N Roses.
Right next door is Kauffman Stadium. When the Kansas City A’s left old Memorial Stadium for Oakland, Kansas City was left with no baseball, until the Royals. Another team to host a bevy of legends in its own right, such as; Amos Otis, Frank White, Dan Quisenberry, Manager Dick Howser, and Mr. Royal himself, George Brett. Two World Series titles have seen the trophy case in Kauffman in 1985 and 2015. Kauffman Stadium is also not just the home for baseball. Concerts at “The K” have included Def Leppard, Motley Crue, Joan Jett, and was sold out instantly by the one and only Billy Joel.
Both of these major league facilities have stood the test of time and hosted thousands upon thousands of Kansas City’s faithful fans of the Royals and Chiefs. Fifty years have gone by but walking through the gates is a one-of-a-kind and timeless experience. The future of the Truman Sports Complex is always up for debate but there is more to come as Kansas City is working diligently to become a future World Cup match site. There is talk again of a downtown stadium for the Royals and the Chiefs taking over the whole complex. We will see what the future holds, but for the past fifty years, there has been nothing but huge sports moments and amazing memories. This is Kansas City, a Major League town in every sense of the word!
Fly-over country indeed. ~ Kyle Walker