Kauffman Stadium
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

As the sixth oldest stadium in Major League Baseball, Kauffman Stadium (formerly known as Royals Stadium and nicknamed The K), home to the Kansas City Royals, was due for an upgrade. Built during the 1970s in an iconic modernist design, the stadium is visited by thousands of people – many driving from hundreds of miles away – annually. This year, more than 11 million people will have their eyes on Kauffman Stadium as it hosts the 83rd Annual All-Star Game on July 10.

To update the stadium, an approximately $220 million renovation was undertaken. The renovation incorporated several products from Kawneer including its 1600 Wall System®1 Curtain Wall, 190 Narrow Stile Entrances and 350 HeavyWall™ Entrances and 990 HT Sliding Doors. These products can be seen throughout the stadium in locations such as the Diamond Club, press boxes and broadcasting booth as well as the suite area and Royals Hall of Fame Club and Sports Bar. In addition, the large expanses of glass curtain wall on the building’s exterior façade give the structure a look that is unique among similar-sized sports stadiums.

 

One of the biggest challenges on this project was the firm timeline; construction needed to be complete by the season’s opening day. Having worked with Kawneer products on previous projects, both the architect, Kansas City, Mo.-based Populous, and the glazing contractor, The Bratton Corporation, also based in Kansas City, were confident in the quality of the company’s products and the customer service attention that was needed for a project with such strict deadlines. Kawneer was able to expedite the metal fabrication process to meet the project timeline as well as complete shop assembly rather than the traditional field assembly.

Construction for the project began in 2007 and was completed in time for opening day in 2009. To see the stadium and get a look at the Kawneer products featured throughout, tune into the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, July 10 on Fox.

Architect
Populous
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Glazing Contractors
The Bratton Corporation
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Kawneer Products
1600 Wall System®1 Curtain Wall
990 HT Sliding Doors
190 Narrow Stile Entrances
350 Heavy Wall™ Entrances