Then the Royals got rid of the GA sections and turned them into higher-priced reserved seating. Suddenly, there was no more designated area for those fans who cut loose a little more. As a result, families and squares throughout the stadium became offended by transplanted GA rowdies, and transplanted GA rowdies enjoyed the games a little less themselves.
The Royals announced their 2009 ticket prices a few weeks ago. Along with this came the news that with the renovations would come a new, "fountain pavilion" seating area. These seats will sit behind the left field fountains and surround the old JumboTron pedestal. Better yet, they will only cost $7 and will be available day-of-game only.
We were wondering if these might help replace the old GA section. Well, according to this story, that's part of their purpose:
The Fountain Pavilion, a tribute to the former General Admission seating in Kauffman Stadium, with a new view between the left-field fountains and the pedestal that once held the Jumbotron board. The Fountain Pavilion seats will be the lowest-priced ticket at $7.00 and be available day-of-game only.
Good for you, Royals. While you totally screwed up by not building a downtown ballpark, at least you may have mitigated this disaster a small amount by trying to restore one of the cool things about Kauffman Stadium (that, of course, you screwed up by eliminating in the first place). Your incompetence appears to be lessening.
We think it's only appropriate, given our name, to try to sit in these seats, at least at the first Royals' game we attend next year. Hopefully, we'll feel like going back to enjoy many more from the same vantage point.