The Royals on Thursday sent an email to 200 season-ticket members asking about a potential change for people returning to their seats during a game at Kauffman Stadium.
The email was sent to people with seats in the Hy-Vee View Level. The Royals wrote: “Per feedback and as an effort to enhance your viewing experience, the Royals guest services department is considering enforcing an official stop in play seating process.”
Fans were given two questions to answer:
1. Would you prefer your usher to stop guests (including yourself) from walking down to seats during play (batter in box, etc.)?
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2. If no, please explain why.
“It doesn’t mean a change is coming imminently,” said Toby Cook, the Royals’ vice president of publicity. “It just means that we’ve started the process.
“We’re a ways away from it happening, even if there is an overwhelmingly positive response.”
Cook said there would be no restrictions on people getting up during an at-bat. It would affect the return to the seats.
“We’re just trying to gauge what our season-ticket members think,” Cook said. “This kind of protocol where you would stop people from going to their seats until the current batter is done or, obviously, if the inning is done.”
Cook estimated that maybe half of the teams in Major League Baseball have a similar rule in place. But again, he stressed that the team is merely trying to gauge what fans think on the matter.
“We haven’t gotten a lot of feedback up until a couple a years ago,” Cook said. “It just seems to be increasing with the larger crowds. That’s what happens when you go to the playoffs.”