Kansas City Royals to use Arvest Ballpark as alternate training site

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The Kansas City Royals will use Arvest Ballpark as an alternate practice site in April, officials announced last week.

The facility is home to the Royals’ affiliate team, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

At least 20 players who weren’t on the Royals’ spring training roster will travel to Springdale to continue preparations for the minor league season which kicks off in May.

“We are so lucky to have a first-class facility like Arvest Ballpark with proximity to Kansas City to keep these players sharp after such a great start to the year,” said JJ Picollo, Royals vice president and general manager. player’s assistant. development. “We can’t thank Justin Cole (General Manager of Northwest Arkansas) and his staff enough for allowing us to continue our work at their facility as we prepare for the 2021 Minor League season.”

It’s unclear if fans will be allowed into the ballpark for any of the practice events. Officials said the hope is to allow fans in at some point, but it will be up to Major League Baseball staff to determine next steps regarding ticket availability and safety protocols.

All training event updates will be posted on nwanaturals.com and the team’s social media (facebook.com/naturals and twitter.com/nwanaturals), according to a press release.

The Naturals begin the 2021 season in early May with a series of road games against the Arkansas Travelers. The first home games will begin on Tuesday, May 11 against the Tulsa Drillers.

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