Royals are Kansas City’s top sports draw, new survey shows

The Kansas City Royals Craft & Draft bar will open on Opening Day Mon. April 6 at Kaufman Stadium. | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
Nearly 31 percent of respondents to a new survey say they have attended a Royals game in the last year. | Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

With back-to-back World Series berths, including a World Series championship this year, the Kansas City Royals have become the top draw for sporting events in the City of Fountains.

A recent survey by Scarborough Research, conducted before the start of the NFL season, polled more than 2,000 adults ages 18 and over in the Kansas City area about sporting events they’ve attended in the last 12 months. Forty-six percent of respondents said they had been to a sporting event, and 30.5 percent said they had attended a Royals game.

The team’s recent success, as well as the 81 home games it has on its schedule, were believed to be big factors in the high attendance.

The Chiefs came in second with 14.3 percent. The team only has eight home games a year and has only been to the playoffs four times in this century.

Sporting Kansas City (9.6 percent) the T-Bones (7.5 percent) and NASCAR at the Kansas Speedway(4.8 percent) rounded out the top five.

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