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Shaded Seats at Kauffman Stadium

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Kauffman Stadium, located in Kansas City and next door to Arrowhead Stadium, is the longtime home of the Royals. The K is known is for its iconic fountains and a great atmosphere for baseball fans. Summers in Kansas City are notoriously hot and humid, making shade a crucial consideration. Royals fans can use this guide to identify the best shaded seats at Kauffman Stadium.

Where are the shaded seats at Kauffman Stadium?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Kauffman Stadium are located:

  • Behind Home Plate: Shaded for afternoon and evening games
  • 3rd Base Line: Late afternoon and evening shade
  • View Reserved Level: Upper deck seats are under cover and shaded
  • Loge Level: Mostly covered and shaded

For the 2024 season, the Royals play: day games (1:10 PM), late afternoon games (3:10 PM), and evening games (6:10 PM, 6:40 PM, or 7:10 PM). For specific information about seating sections at different start times, please continue reading.

Kauffman Stadium Orientation to the Sun

Kauffman Stadium is oriented to the northeast. Each morning, the sun rises over center field, arcs around home plate at midday, and sets behind the 3rd base side of the ballpark, near the left field foul pole. This makes the 3rd base side of the park Kauffman’s “shade side.” However, it’s important to be mindful that day games offer fewer opportunities for shade compared to evening games.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

Where to Buy Tickets

MLB operates the official Box Office for the Royals. SeatGeek is the official resale partner for all MLB teams, offering access to a broader variety of seats, including those owned by season ticket holders. The Box Office provides access to unsold seats at face value plus fees, while SeatGeek may offer occasional last-minute deals and discounts on lower-demand games.

Seats in the Shade at Kauffman Stadium Afternoon Games

At the start of a 1:10 p.m. game in Kansas City, the sun will be high above first base. This position makes almost every seat in the 100-level of the stadium vulnerable to the sun for the first few innings. The exception is the handful of rows farthest from the field that are covered and may receive a bit of shade from the overhang. 400-level sections that aren’t under direct cover, such as sections 401-407 and 433-439 are also highly exposed to the sun. The limited outfield seating will be in full sun with no shade available.

As the game progresses, those sitting near home plate, especially near the 3rd base dugout, will begin to see some shade. If you can tolerate early sun, sections 217-225 in the lower levels should receive sun protection by mid-game. Loge level seats are also a decent option for finding shade as they are tucked in between the field level and upper level, with the cover providing shade. Loge level on the 3rd base side is preferable to the 1st base side. For those who don’t mind the nosebleeds, Kauffman Stadium’s generous roof covers many of the upper rows in sections 409-431, with the 3rd base side offering a better bet for shade than the 1st base side.

Shadows on the stands at Kansas City Royals Stadium

By late afternoon, seats on the 3rd base line are shaded, while seats on the 1st base line and right field are in the sun.
Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Kauffman Stadium Evening Games

During the summer, the sun doesn’t set in Kansas City until after 8:30 p.m. With Royals games starting as early as 6:10 p.m. and concluding quicker thanks to MLB’s new pace-of-play rules, shade is an important consideration even for evening games. By this time, most of the seats on the 3rd base side, from home plate to the left field foul pole, are safely shaded. The 1st base side is the sunny side of the stadium, and fans in the right field stands, especially near the right field foul pole, will contend with the sun in their eyes the longest.

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