Pendulum Studio, a sports architecture firm has presented a vision for a brand new downtown ballpark for MLB’s Kansas City Royals.
The Kansas City-based firm has created renderings for a 30,000-seater world-class stadium located in 2.5 acres of green space within the city, which is intended to engage the community and enrich the surrounding area.
Included in the vision are 26 premium suites, eight new restaurants, 50,000ft2 of commercial space and 1,000 housing units.
Currently, the Royals play their homes games at Kauffman Stadium (often referred to as The K), which is around 10 miles east of the proposed East Village site in downtown Kansas City.
State-of-the-art display technology is included in the plan with a giant-sized video board situated behind Homeplate.
Some of the conceptual features include a sky pool, a park located on top of the park where visitors can walk dogs as they watch the game, a BBQ experience and a brewery with views of the field as fans sample local beers. Hospitality areas include two-story clubs and suites, as well as a premium swim-up bar experience.
With the stadium’s design intending to engage with the community the conceptual renderings show art being displayed on the exterior of the stadium at each intersection.
“The Kansas City Royals made a major impact on the Kansas City landscape with their first World Series title since 1985. Downtown Kansas City was the epicenter of excitement as fans packed streets, bars, and restaurants across the metro to celebrate the big win,” Pendulum’s website reads.
“What if every day during the regular baseball season and into the playoﬀs was just like the 2015 season? We think it not only can be but it should be. A group of like-minded Kansas City-based business owners decided to put their heads together and answer the question ‘what if the Royals were downtown?’ To be clear, no-one asked our opinion on this subject, but if they did, we think there’s a compelling story to tell, and that story should speak to the past, present, and future Kansas City.”