Wednesday was a night for the history books at Kauffman Stadium.
The Kansas City Royals welcomed the 2,744,701st fan, breaking the all-time season record from 1989.
“We felt it was important from day one to bring some energy back to our fan base,” said General Manager Dayton Moore.
“Winning excites people, gets people on board,” commented Ned Yost.
The Royals winning season has created a ticket-buying ripple effect.
“The demand is huge right now. They are the brand of the city. Everyone wants to be here,” said fan Paul Snider.
Fans at the K said they were surprised by last year’s post-season run.
This year, they’re prepared for it.
“I'd pay $200, $250,” said fan Rene Boudreaux.
According to Overland Park-based Tickets For Less, fans are already paying about $240 to attend the first-round play-off games.
Tickets For Less is also already selling World Series tickets. Seats start at about $875.
“Best case scenario is we go all the way with the Royals, we come here and enjoy the Chiefs, and have a repeat,” said Snider of his World Series hopes.
Fans at Kauffman Stadium believe the Royals momentum will roll over into football season.
“I think it's awesome for the city in general, and all of our sports. I think you see a difference in a way the Chiefs are paying for players, just because of the Royals, they're doing so well, they see the fan support,” said Boudreaux.
A Chiefs spokesperson said ticket sales are on track for the team. The Chiefs home opener is Sept. 17 against the Denver Broncos. Tickets start at about $120.
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