Hometown Favorite Provides More than Baseball

There’s hardly a bad seat among the nearly 5,000 at CommunityAmerica Ballpark, an 8-year-old park in Kansas City that draws fans from both the Kansas and Missouri sides. “We’re a one-level stadium, plus a suite level, so fans can see players just 20 feet away,” says Eric Marshall, assistant general manager and director of group sales. “We can accommodate a really big crowd, so there’s an opportunity to bring your group out for a custom event, get recognized over the PA and messaging systems, enjoy some mascot interaction and take part in our between-inning promotions on field.” That could range from relatively mild activities like a game of Name That Tune to more rousing dance-offs, and beer and mascot races. “We’ll give you five in-between promotions to raffle off with your attendees,” Marshall says, plus prime rib or some of Kansas City’s famed barbecue for a meal. The stadium has two party decks for events: the Budweiser Party Deck in right field and the Home Run Deck in centerfield. Large groups can buy out the entire park. John Short, a partner with EventPros in Kansas City, Mo., is a fan of both the T-Bones and their ballpark. “There’s a strong family feeling from the staff at CommunityAmerica,” Short says. “We bring groups of up to 1,000 out for picnics in the outfield, and even had a corporate event where the CEO rode a mechanical bull for charity.”