Royals announce 2016 regular season schedule

2016 Opening Day Scheduled for Monday, April 4

KANSAS CITY, MO (Sept. 8, 2015) - In conjunction with Major League Baseball, the Kansas City Royals today announced their 2016 regular season schedule today. All game times will be announced at a later date.

Opening Day is scheduled for Monday, April 4, when the Royals welcome the New York Mets to Kauffman Stadium. It marks the first time in franchise history that the Royals have opened the season against a team from the National League. The two-game visit by the Mets also marks their first trip to Kansas City since June 11-13 of 2004.

Kansas City will play 20 Interleague contests over eight series, with four home and four on the road. The Royals will compete against their 'I-70 rivals', the St. Louis Cardinals, in back-to-back two-game series spanning both cities. The Cardinals visit 'The K' on June 27-28 and the Royals return the trip June 29-30. The club will also host Interleague matchups against Washington (May 2-4) and Atlanta (May 13-15), after both teams traveled here during the 2013 season. The road Interleague schedule consists of visits to Citi Field to play the Mets (June 21-22) as well as Philadelphia (July 1-3) and Miami (Aug. 23-25) for the team's first-ever series at Marlins Park.

Kansas City's holiday schedule sees the Royals at home on Memorial Day vs. Cleveland (May 8) and Father's Day vs. Detroit (June 19) and on the road in Cleveland on Mother's Day (May 8), in Toronto on Independence Day (July 4) and in Minnesota for Labor Day (Sept. 5). The 87th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 12 in San Diego, with the All-Star break running from July 11-14.

The month-by-month home game totals are: April - 11; May - 15; June - 13; July - 13; Aug. - 13; Sept. - 14; Oct. - 2. The Royals will host a nine-game homestand from July 18-27, the longest of the season. The club's longest road trip of the campaign is a 10-game journey from June 2-12, that makes stops in Cleveland (June 2-5), Baltimore (June 6-8) and Chicago (June 10-12) to take on the White Sox.