Personally, I prefer the ballparks that are in the heart of the city like Camden Yards, Nationals Park and Progressive Field (just to name a few), but this is the one exception. Baseball in Kansas City is like football in other cities. It's not just a game for these Royal fans; it's an experience. From my understanding tailgating originated from the poor performance of the team for so many years and the fans basically decided to tailgate as a means of entertainment. Canopies, grills, coolers, cornhole; the fans mean business prior to the game. And if you don't feel like barbecuing, there are plenty of barbecue joints nearby to assist with your tailgating needs.
Despite the heat, the fans were in full effect. Now the Royals don't boast a history of high level talent like the Orioles, Yankees or Cardinals; however they do honor the history they have which is located in the outfield. In center field they have three statues; Dick Howser, Frank White Jr. and one of my favorites...George Brett. The K as the locals refer to it even boasts a museum in left field which houses their two championship trophies and it is free. The park is very kid friendly as there are plenty for the kids to do. There is a scaled down baseball field for kids to hit on, a playground for the younger kids and a carousel. The K also has plenty of places to eat inside, but we elected to eat at Gates Barbecue prior to the game which was outstanding.
The ballpark in Kansas City might not have a coroporate sponsor or lids for your drinks, but Kauffman Stadium has everything else you need for a great baseball experience. The K even has waterfalls and fountains that stretch from left center field to right center field. Now how cool is that. And they even do a great job of honoring their historic Negro League Baseball team, the Kansas City Monarchs. As the Turners continue to chase down all 30 ballparks, I would say the K ranks high on our list of ballparks that we have visited thus far.