They’re building it out in Kansas City, and they’re hoping the kids will come and enjoy it.
The Kansas City Royals have teamed up with the city and the Negro League Baseball Museum to bring a state-of-the-art youth baseball academy in the city.
The Kansas City MLB Urban Youth Academy will sit on 21 acres near the museum on E 18 Street, with both indoor and outdoor facilities. The academy will also partner with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City, with part of the funding coming from Major League Baseball.
Construction at the academy is expected to be complete by fall of 2016. Phase one includes youth and full-size fields and a walking trail, and phase two includes the indoor training facility and batting cages.