Royals Clean Up Kauffman Stadium, Transition Ballpark Back To Regular-Season Mode
Royals employees are "working hard to transition back into regular-season mode" in time for tomorrow’s home game against the White Sox, according to Katy Bergen of the K.C. STAR. MLB will have to "dismantle its huge pregame tent where it hosted an invitation-only party." The league plans to "clear out by late this afternoon." All-Star Game signage from the week’s events "has to be taken down," as do the "two bleacher areas built on either side of the concourse for the 2,000 credentialed media that covered All-Star events." In addition, the stadium "is a mess." But Royals VP/Community Affairs & Publicity Toby Cook said, "It’s a good mess. That’s a good problem to have when you have three sold-out crowds." Cook said that in the aftermath of the All-Star Game, compliments from MLB employees "have rolled in -- they said that Kansas City was one of the best All-Star Games they had worked." As the city "breathes a sigh of relief that there were no hiccups associated with the big game, contracted cleaning crews and Royals staff continue to work hard to transform Kauffman Stadium" by tomorrow (K.C. STAR, 7/12). Royals Owner David Glass said, "Talking to Major League Baseball, they were elated with the way everything happened in Kansas City." Royals Senior VP/Business Operations Kevin Uhlich said, "I'm pleasantly surprised that nothing big popped up. It ran smoother than I ever expected, but I think we were pretty well prepared." He added, "I don't have the final numbers, but I think we were well over 100,000 at FanFest. I'm trying to figure out how many people were at the Red Carpet Show, but that's a real tough number to try to gauge. But anybody who witnessed it firsthand saw how positive everybody was" (MLB.com, 7/11).