Summer Guide Sports

Kansas City Explorers

This summer marks the 18th season in which the Explorers bring world-class men’s and women’s singles, doubles and mixed-doubles tennis action to Barney Allis Plaza (12th Street and Wyandotte). Bonus action: player meet-and-greets, on-court coaching, super-tiebreakers and fan theme nights. The World TeamTennis Pro League offers season tickets and group discounts as well as box and grandstand seating (individual grandstand match-night tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids). For season tickets and group discounts, see or call 816-513-5630.

Vs. Sacramento Capitals:

Thursday, July 8, 7:35 p.m.

Vs. Newport Beach Breakers:

Saturday, July 10, 7:35 p.m.

Vs. Springfield Lasers:

Thursday, July 15, 7:35 p.m.

Vs. Newport Beach Breakers:

Friday, July 16, 7:35 p.m.

Vs. St. Louis Aces:

Sunday, July 18, 6:35 p.m.

Vs. Sacramento Capitals:

Wednesday, July 21, 7:35 p.m.

Vs. Philadelphia Freedoms:

Thursday, July 22, 7:35 p.m.

Kansas City Roller Warriors

The lovable yet slightly intimidating women of the KCRW are back for a fifth season of crowd-participatory, fun-for-all-ages cruisin’ and bruisin’. The flat-track derby excitement happens at Municipal Auditorium (301 West 13th Street). Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for kids (ages 6-12). See for advance ticket purchases and photo albums of individuals’ cuts and bruises.

Far Out Bout: Saturday, June 12, 7 p.m. KCRW All-Stars vs. Northwest Arkansas Roller Derby

Blister in the Sun: Saturday, July 10, 7 p.m. Black-Eye Susans vs. Dreadnought Dorothys and the Knockouts vs. Victory Vixens.

Rink of Fire: Saturday, July 31, 7 p.m. Championship bout and battle for third place.

Derby Detention: Saturday, August 21, 7 p.m. KCRW All-Stars vs. Cincinnati Roller Girls.

Kansas City Royals

It’s been 37 years since Ewing M. Kauffman’s Royals first took the field at Kauffman Stadium. This baseball season, come out to see what the Jackson County sales tax of 0.375 percent is going toward while enjoying as much of the tailgating, fireworks and Hot Dog Derby action as you can handle. The parking off Interstate 70 and Blue Ridge Cutoff starts at $10. For tickets, promotions and other information, see or call 816-921-8000.

Vs. Los Angeles Angels:

Wednesday, June 2, 7:10 p.m.;

Thursday, June 3, 1:10 p.m.

Vs. Detroit Tigers:

Friday, June 4, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday,

June 5, 6:10 p.m.; Sunday, June 6, 1:10 p.m.

Vs. Houston Astros:

Tuesday, June 15, 7:10 p.m.; Wednesday, June 16, 7:10 p.m.; Thursday, June 17, 7:10 p.m.;

Vs. St. Louis Cardinals:

Friday, June 25, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, June 26, 1:10 p.m.; Sunday, June 27, 1:10 p.m.

Vs. Chicago White Sox:

Monday, June 28, 7:10 p.m.; Tuesday, June 29, 7:10 p.m.; Wednesday, June 30, 7:10 p.m.

Vs. Oakland Athletics:

Friday, July 16, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, July 17, 6:10 p.m.; Sunday, July 18, 1:10 p.m.

Vs. Toronto Blue Jays:

Monday, July 19, 7:10 p.m.; Tuesday, July 20, 7:10 p.m.; Wednesday, July 21, 1:10 p.m.

Vs. Minnesota Twins:

Monday, July 26, 7:10 p.m.; Tuesday, July 27, 7:10 p.m.; Wednesday, July 28, 1:10 p.m.

Vs. Baltimore Orioles:

Thursday, July 29, 7:10 p.m.; Friday, July 30, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, July 31, 6:10 p.m.; Sunday, August 1, 1:10 p.m.

Vs. New York Yankees:

Thursday, August 12, 7:10 p.m.; Friday, August 13, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, August 14, 6:10 p.m.; Sunday, August 15, 1:10 p.m.

Vs. Cleveland Indians:

Tuesday, August 17, 7:10 p.m.; Wednesday, August 18, 7:10 p.m.; Thursday, August 19, 7:10 p.m.

Vs. Chicago White Sox:

Friday, August 20, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, August 21, 6:10 p.m.; Sunday, August 22, 1:10 p.m.

Vs. Texas Rangers:

Monday, August 30, 7:10 p.m.; Tuesday, August 31, 7:10 p.m.; Wednesday, September 1, 7:10 p.m.

Vs. Detroit Tigers:

Friday, September 3, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, September 4, 6:10 p.m.; Sunday, September 5, 1:10 p.m.

Vs. Oakland Athletics:

Monday, September 13, 7:10 p.m.; Tuesday, September 14, 7:10 p.m.; Wednesday, September 15, 7:10 p.m.

Vs. Cleveland Indians:

Friday, September 17, 7:10 p.m.; Saturday, September 18, 6:10 p.m.; Sunday, September 19, 1:10 p.m.

Vs. Minnesota Twins:

Monday, September 27, 7:10 p.m.;

Tuesday, September 28, 7:10 p.m.;

Wednesday, September 29, 7:10 p.m.

KC Storm

The Women’s Spring Football League team has a couple of home games left in its sixth season. Catch XX-chromosome tackle football at North Kansas City High School (620 East 23rd Avenue), where parking is free, concessions are available, and the gate opens at 6:30 p.m. Adult single-game tickets are $10; kids 14 and under are free. See for group rates, volunteer opportunities and other information.

Vs. River City Hawks:

Saturday, June 12, 7 p.m.

Vs. Topeka Mudcats:
Saturday, June 19, 7 p.m.

Kansas City T-Bones

Started as a means to continue the careers of players who had been rejected by Major League Baseball, the Northern League was founded in 1993. The T-Bones, morphing from the Duluth-Superior Dukes, played their first game at CommunityAmerica Ballpark (1800 Village West Parkway in Kansas City, Kansas) 10 years later. At the award-winning stadium adjacent to the Kansas Speedway, parking is free, and tickets are $6-$16 (children ages 2 and younger are free). Call 913-328-5618 or see for promotions, seating options and player profiles.

Vs. Joliet JackHammers:

Friday, June 4, 7:05 p.m.;

Saturday, June 5, 7:05 p.m.;
Sunday, June 6, 5:05 p.m.

Vs. Gary SouthShore RailCats:

Monday, June 14, 7:05 p.m.;

Tuesday, June 15, 7:05 p.m.;

Wednesday, June 16, 7:05 p.m.;

Thursday, June 17, 7:05 p.m.

Vs. Schaumburg Flyers:

Friday, June 18, 7:05 p.m.;

Saturday, June 19, 7:05 p.m.;

Sunday, June 20, 5:05 p.m.

Vs. Lake County Fielders:
Monday, June 21, 7:05 p.m.;

Tuesday, June 22, 7:05 p.m.;

Wednesday, June 23, 11:05 a.m.

Vs. Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks:

Friday, July 2, 7:05 p.m.;

Saturday, July 3, 7:05 p.m.;

Sunday, July 4, 7:05 p.m.

Vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes:

Monday, July 5, 7:05 p.m.;

Tuesday, July 6, 7:05 p.m.;

Wednesday, July 7, 11:05 a.m.

Vs. Joliet JackHammers:

Friday, July 16, 7:05 p.m.;

Saturday, July 17, 7:05 p.m.;

Sunday, July 18, 5:05 p.m.

Vs. Schaumburg Flyers:

Tuesday, July 20, 7:05 p.m.;

Wednesday, July 21, 7:05 p.m.;

Thursday, July 22, 7:05 p.m.

Vs. Rockford RiverHawks:

Friday, July 23, 7:05 p.m.;

Saturday, July 24, 7:05 p.m.;

Sunday, July 25, 5:05 p.m.

Vs. Joliet JackHammers:

Tuesday, August 3, 7:05 p.m.;

Wednesday, August 4, 7:05 p.m.;

Thursday, August 5, 7:05 p.m.

Vs. Rockford RiverHawks:

Friday, August 13, 7:05 p.m.;

Saturday, August 14, 7:05 p.m.;

Sunday, August 15, 5:05 p.m.

Vs. Winnipeg Goldeyes:

Monday, August 16, 7:05 p.m.;

Tuesday, August 17, 7:05 p.m.;

Wednesday, August 18, 7:05 p.m.

Vs. Gary SouthShore RailCats:

Monday, August 23, 7:05 p.m.;

Tuesday, August 24, 7:05 p.m.;

Wednesday, August 25, 7:05 p.m.

Vs. Rockford RiverHawks:

Friday, September 3, 7:05 p.m.;

Saturday, September 4, 7:05 p.m.;

Sunday, September 5, 7:05 p.m.;

Monday, September 6, 1:05 p.m.

Kansas City Tribe

Last year was the women’s tackle-football team’s breakout season. The Tribe finished 2009 with a 7-1 record and brought home the Independent Women’s Football League Tier I World Championship. The team plays its last home game of the season against the Chicago Force at 5 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at Center High School (8701 Holmes). Tickets are $10 at the gate, which opens at 4:30 p.m. (Kids under 14 are free.) See to view the roster or to get sponsorship or tryout information.

Kansas City Wizards

It’ll be awhile until Kansas City’s Major League Soccer team moves into its permanent digs, down the way from its temporary home at CommunityAmerica Ballpark (1800 Village West Parkway in Kansas City, Kansas). Until then, fans will have to see if late-season acquisitions Kei Kamara (striker) and Zoltán Hercegfalvi (finisher) can bring the Wizards back to glory from last season’s disappointing finish. See to look at webcam shots and the roster, and purchase tickets.

Vs. Phildelphia Union:

Thursday, June 10, 7 p.m.

Vs. New York Red Bulls:

Saturday, June 26, 7:30 p.m.

Vs. Chivas USA:

Saturday, July 10, 7:30 p.m.

Vs. Toronto FC:

Saturday, July 31, 7:30 p.m.

Vs. Real Salt Lake:

Saturday, August 7, 7:30 p.m.

Vs. New England Revolution:

Saturday, August 21, 7:30 p.m.

Vs. Houston Dynamo:

Saturday, September 11, 7:30 p.m.

Vs. FC Dallas:

Saturday, September 25, 7 p.m.

Vs. Seattle Sounders FC:

Saturday, October 9, 7:30 p.m.

Vs. San Jose Earthquakes:

Saturday, October 23, 7:30 p.m.

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