Location: Kauffman Stadium, One Royal Way, Kansas City, MO 64129 (It’s the big stadium with the “K” on it; it’s challenging to miss it–and this is coming from a woman who can’t find her way out of a paper sack with a hole in the end.)
Cost: Varies; parking is $10 a car
We were on the Hy-Vee Level of the stadium. The stairs here were very steep, which was kind of scary when navigating with a baby, a tall guy, and a little guy with a cane. Add in the fact that the stairs are concrete and Peanut felt he should get to climb on the railings, and it was a little bit nerve-wracking for me. The ushers were very kind, however, and helped us find a way to sit together even when our tickets said that one of us needed to sit on a separate row, and they didn’t make us move way up to the top of the stadium to do it–which was extra-good, considering Peanut’s vision impairment.
Although the field was small from our vantage point, Peanut definitely enjoyed the game. He immediately saw the big screen at the back of the field and recognized it as a TV. He danced to the music played at the park and cheered along to the different games played on the big monitor (go Mustard!). He absolutely LOVED eating Peanuts with his dad, and he happily chugged first my drink, and then his father’s. (It’s amazing how much soda will fit in a small body, is it not?) There wasn’t as much crowd action as there is during a Chiefs game because the crowd is so much smaller, but we were in a fun section, and I think that helped make the game fun for him.
When it comes right down to it, I think you can enjoy the experience of a live baseball game regardless of how well you can see the game itself. My uncle, who is also legally blind, loves the KC Chiefs–he and my aunt were long-time season ticket holders. There was a dad sitting behind us who reminisced about going to Royals games with his family as a VI kid and was definitely enjoying the game that night–he said he couldn’t see the ball, but otherwise, he could follow along pretty well Efrit enjoyed taking his son and was still able to explain the game to me, a baseball illiterate. If you can find a way to make the experience accessible–whether that be through cheering, a great newscast describing the action, or simply sharing peanuts–and have someone who honestly wants to be there, the ball game can be fun regardless of how well you see.