The Kansas City Royals have unveiled their City Connect uniforms, a tribute to the city’s iconic fountains and art deco architecture.
“They’ve been a big part of Kansas City decorating the streets,” said Royal Tour vice president Sarah Tourville. “There was a fine line between making sure it was complementary to your entire uniform portfolio, not only offending the baseball purist, but also edgy enough to do what it was meant to, which is to attract a younger, more diverse fan. . “
The logo on the sleeve is a tribute to the team’s original franchise logo from 1969. The triple braid on the sleeves is reminiscent of the team’s uniform from the 1980s, while the new number styling is a reference to the city’s art deco architecture. On the inside of the collar, “HEY HEY HEY HEY” is in stitching, a nod to the Royals’ victory song by Paul McCartney.
While the Royals are traditionally associated with powder blue, the decision to go with the navy is a reference to the city’s baseball history, with the Athletics, Monarchs, Blues, Blue Sox and Packers all wearing the uniform at one time or another.
“The only thing we did not do was put on BBQ,” Tourville said. “It was so obvious and we wanted something that felt more fresh and forward.”
The royals also chose between designs that referred to the city’s relationship to barbecue and jazz.
“This design is one that fans of all ages can really appreciate,” said John Sherman, Royal’s CEO. “From the fountains that are part of Kansas City’s heritage, to the colors of the jersey that signify the rich history of baseball and the Kansas City Royals. The uniform showcases the distinctive elements of our society.”
The Royals will debut their City Connect uniforms on April 30 against the New York Yankees.