New version of the Kauffman Stadium opens

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - With a flurry of fireworks, ceremonies and a fighter-jet flyover, the Kansas City Royals have opened the season at renovated Kauffman Stadium.

The $250 million renovation of the 37-year-old stadium was completed during the offseason, adding pizazz to what was already 1 of the best places in baseball to watch a game.

Overnight storms and cold winds gave way to sunny skies a few hours before the a game, setting up a perfect day for baseball. A capacity crowd filled the renovated stadium, which has nearly 2,600 fewer seats but more attractions than the old version.

The big attraction - other than the game - was the new outfield area, featuring a putt-putt course, batting cages, a carousel and two party decks.

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