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Proceeds from aerial photograph of Kauffman Stadium will benefit Urban Youth Academy

A special photo will be taken high above Kauffman Stadium before Sunday’s season opener.
A special photo will be taken high above Kauffman Stadium before Sunday’s season opener. Special to The Star

The Urban Youth Academy is getting another boost.

On Sunday, photographer Michael Gustafson will take a photo from a helicopter 500 feet above Kauffman Stadium. That print will be made into a 27-inch by 39-inch lithograph. Organizers say only 3,500 lithographs will be made.

The prints from the 2016 opener will sell for $99 each. The first 2,016 will be signed by Gustafson. They will be sold at www.royalsopeningdayphoto.com or fans can call 844-517-1590. A portion of each sale will benefit the Urban Youth Academy.

According to a news release, Gustafson has photographed from the air more than 150 stadiums since 1988, when he took the first night game photo over Wrigley Field.

The Urban Youth Academy already has received pledges from the Royals’ Salvador Perez, Alex Gordon and Chris Young. The Big 12 and the Kansas City City Council’s finance committee have pledged money as well.

The money will go toward building two major-league-size baseball fields, one college-size softball field and one Little League field. Other improvements include a new walking trail around Parade Park and improved basketball and tennis courts and playground.

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