Spring Training Ticket Prices A Bargain For Defending Champion Royals
The Kansas City Royals needed 30 years to win their second World Series, but the players and coaches are confident that the franchise’s third World Series win won’t take nearly as long. Despite losing Johnny Cueto, Alex Rios, and Ben Zobrist in free agency, Kansas City was able to retain its leader, Alex Gordon, and add a few pitchers in free agency. The 32-year-old Gordon does not put up gaudy numbers, but his leadership, tough at-bats, and elite defensive plays will pay dividends for the defending champs.
Kansas City added Ian Kennedy to its starting rotation and will welcome Joakim Soria back to its bullpen. Kennedy signed a five-year, $70 million deal to the dismay of many fans, but Kansas City was desperately in the need of adding an innings eater to its rotation. Over the last six seasons, Kennedy has given his teams at least 168 innings pitched per season. Soria was a member of the Royals from 2007-11 and was one of the best closers in the American League. Soria’s skills have diminished over the last few years, but fans are hoping he can find his once-dominant form in Kansas City. Regardless of his performance, Soria joins an absolutely stacked bullpen that includes Wade Davis and Kelvin Herrera. Kansas City’s lineup remains virtually unchanged with the speedy Jarrod Dyson subbing in for the departed Rios.
The Royals are a member of the Cactus League and hold Spring Training at Surprise Stadium in Surprise, Arizona. The Royals have started playing some of their Spring Training games, so this article will focus on the highest remaining ticket prices. Fans traveling to these games can find great travel arrangements on Hipmunk. On Hipmunk, flights from Kansas City, Missouri to Phoenix, Arizona start at just $394. Some key upcoming games for Kansas City are presented below.
3/11/16 Arizona Diamondbacks @ Kansas City Royals | Get-in: $23
Arizona had a very busy off-season and added the top prize in free agency, Zack Greinke. Greinke, an ex-Royal who finished second in NL Cy Young voting last season, may make a brief appearance against his old mates. Ticket prices for this match-up provide a decent value for fans wanting to watch an exciting game.
3/16/16 Chicago Cubs @ Kansas City Royals | Get-in: $25
After years of futility, the Chicago Cubs have become one of the trendy World Series picks. This is a potential World Series match-up between two teams that reaped the benefits of loaded farm systems.
3/19/16 Seattle Mariners @ Kansas City Royals | Get-in: $29
Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners will look to bounce back after a rough 2015 campaign. These two teams will battle at Surprise Stadium and fans looking to attend the games can find great hotel options nearby. Hotels on Hipmunk start at $89, so find your hotel option today.