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Take Us Out To The Ballgame!

Kauffman Stadium 2021 Opener 2908
Reginald David
Finishing touches are being put on the field and the stands as the Kansas City Royals prepare to play in front of live fans for the first time since September 29, 2019.

In a step back to normal, the Kansas City Royals and their fans celebrate Major League Baseball's Opening Day.

Segment 1, beginning at 1:00: The Kansas City Royals kick off the season with a restricted number of fans in attendance and COVID-19 protocols firmly in place.

The wait is over for baseball aficionados. It’s Opening Day for the Kansas City Royals and a limited number of spectators are back in the stands. As a result, the Royals organization is taking extra steps to keep fans safe. "I'm a fan first and foremost," says owner John Sherman. "How do we give our fans who have not been here for so long a great experience?"

Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
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