Royals & Fox Sports Kansas City unveil the Raised Royal Fan Express for 2017

An expanded schedule will bring fans from outer markets to enjoy a game at Kauffman Stadium

The Kansas City Royals and FOX Sports Kansas City are once again offering fans across the Midwest the chance to enjoy a game at Kauffman Stadium this season with a grand ride. The "Raised Royal Fan Express presented by FOX Sports Kansas City" now reflects the 2017 Royals slogan and gives fans who follow the Royals on their local Royals Radio Network affiliate and on FOX Sports Kansas City an opportunity to travel to Kansas City and experience the excitement of a game.

Through a contest with select Royals Radio Network affiliates, fans in designated markets will have the opportunity to win a complimentary bus pass, which will allow them to travel to Kauffman Stadium on the Raised Royal branded bus and receive a ticket to the Royals game. Each pass will also include a Royals t-shirt and game program.

"The Raised Royal Fan Express celebrates the great fans that are outside the Kansas City metro area," said David Pokorny, Senior Director of Marketing at FOX Sports Kansas City. "The enthusiasm we see in these areas outside of the Kansas City area means more weekend trips to Royals games, more listeners on the Royals Radio Network and more viewers for televised games."

The Raised Royal Fan Express is scheduled for the following dates:
Saturday, May 6 -- Tulsa, KS
3:15 p.m. vs. Cleveland Indians -- Coaster Set
presented by Price Chopper
Radio Partner -- KRXO-AM / Cable Partner -- Cox

Saturday, May 13 -- Springfield, MO
6:15 p.m. vs. Baltimore Orioles -- Danny Duffy Bobblehead
presented by Pepsi
Radio Partner -- KICK-AM / Cable Partner -- Mediacom

Saturday, June 3 -- Omaha, NE
1:15 p.m. vs. Cleveland Indians -- Alex Gordon Bobblehead
presented by Papa John's
Radio Partner -- KOZN-AM / Cable Partner - Cox

Saturday, June 24 -- Topeka, KS
1:15 p.m. vs. Toronto Blue Jays -- Los Reales BBQ Apron
presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors
Radio Partner -- WIBW-AM / Cable Partner - Cox

Saturday, July 1 -- Des Moines, IA
1:15 p.m. vs. Minnesota Twins -- Patriotic Baseball Cap
presented by Brown & Crouppen
Radio Partner -- 93.7 The Outlaw / Cable Partner -- Mediacom

Saturday, July 15 -- Lincoln, NE
6:15 p.m. vs. Texas Rangers -- Huskers Night
presented by FOX Sports
Radio Partner -- KFOR-AM

Saturday, July 22 -- Columbia, MO
6:15 p.m. vs. Chicago White Sox -- Eric Hosmer Bobblehead
presented by Rally House
Radio Partner -- KZJF-FM, KFRU-AM / Cable Partner -- Mediacom

Saturday, August 5 -- Wichita, KS
6:15 p.m. vs. Seattle Mariners -- Faith & Family Night
presented by Hobby Lobby; Wichita State
Night presented by FOX Sports Kansas City and Rally House
Radio Partner -- KFH-AM / Cable Partner - Cox

Saturday, August 19 -- St. Joseph, MO
6:15 p.m. vs. Cleveland Indians -- Kevin Appier Bobblehead

Radio Partner -- KKJO-FM / Cable Partner -- Suddenlink

"We're excited to once again partner with FOX Sports Kansas City to bring Royals fans from across the region to Kauffman Stadium," said Michael Bucek, Royals Vice President-Marketing & Business Development.

Approximately two weeks leading up to each designated game, the respective Royals Radio Network affiliate will run a daily contest and listeners will have the opportunity to win passes on the bus. Specific contest details will be announced by the affiliate stations in the following weeks. Each station will receive 20 passes to give out during the promotion.

Along with the slogan change, the bus will also have a new design. As part of the Royals 2017 Raised Royal Mural Program, the Royals partnered with artist Ryan 'ARCY' Christenson to design the bus. Known for his paint splashed style of large scale mural art, 'ARCY' has been defining his skills for more than a decade. ARCY has worked for The Smithsonian Institute, America's National Parks Service and the Walt Disney Hometown Museum. For more on the bus art and other Raised Royal murals around KC, visit www.royals.com/RaisedRoyal.

Viewership for Royals telecasts on FOX Sports Kansas City remain high, according to Nielsen Media Research. The Royals Radio Network broadcasts all of the Club's regular season games on 88 stations throughout the Midwest.